You’d expect the Essex Green to be unrepentant Anglophiles of the highest order—nibbling scones and sporting derbies while worshipping at the altar of the Brothers Davies. But, though the Brooklyn-based band does evince similarities to chamber-twee immortals Belle and Sebastian, Essex flautist/vocalist Sasha Bell’s oaky claret of a voice puts those Scots to shame. The band’s most recent release, The Long Goodbye, has a particularly ’60s American flavor—that brand of twangy, sunbeamy pop with a tinge of minor-chord melancholia exemplified by Lee Hazlewood, the Left Banke, and (please don’t give me shit) the Mamas and the Papas. The Essex Green plays with the Delgados and Aerogramme at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)

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