Underrated: Spain's Carolina

Fronted by the son of the late jazz master Charlie Haden, the durable L.A. slow-core band Spain offers a shift in direction on its latest album, which sets aside spare and nocturnal atmospherics for a dusty-dry take on  folk-country. Backed by generous helpings of twanging pedal steel, banjo and violin (courtesy of sister Petra), Josh Haden offers a distinctively dark yet immersive take on the arid sounds of Americana that draws a dotted line from his father’s country-tinged “Ramblin’ Boy.” (Spain performs every Tuesday in August at the Love Song bar in the Regent Theater.)

Chris Barton