Lala Lala Credit: Alexa Viscius

From her first dreary-but-dreamy garage-rock single as Lala Lala, 2014’s “Fuck With Your Friends,” it was clear Chicago musician Lillie West was planting the seeds of something great. Since then she’s developed her artistry over a handful of independent releases, and tonight she celebrates the release of her brand-new album, The Lamb (Hardly Art). On this record West (backed by Ben Leach on drums and Dehd’s Emily Kempf on bass and backing vocals) continues down the road she started on years ago with intimate recordings of confessional lyrics laid over pushy, hazy, and dark chords. But this time around she punctuates her introspective songs with massive, soaring, swing-for-the-cheap-seats choruses—reaching fragile high notes with her low voice. These are the type of songs that can make you feel nostalgic, sad, and warm all at once, and in this day and age, it’s refreshing to hear a rock record that’s so honest, down-to-earth, and just plain good.   v