It's hard to define the musical genre and sometimes the decade to which the Boston-born, Brooklyn-based group Lake Street Dive belong. Vocalist Rachael Price is considered a jazz singer, but fans and critics will tell you the quartet is soul, blues, southern rock, Motown and even disco. Somehow, all of those influences work together to create something lasting and confident in their fourth full-length album, Side Pony.
Lake Street Dive has been making music together since 2004. Nonesuch Records picked them up the same year, after their cover of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5 went viral on YouTube. But it wasn't until 2011 that they really found a fan base, with their third album, Bad Self Portraits. In many ways, Side Pony is just a continuation of the feel-good sound they established for themselves five years ago. The differences between the albums are subtle. Where Bad Self Portraits channels a moody edge (think Allman Brothers), tracks like "Call Off Your Dogs" and "How Good it Feels" sound more like they were inspired by Earth, Wind and Fire. For those expecting a creative departure from past Lake Street Dive releases, you will be disappointed. Otherwise, Side Pony is a great encore of an album.
Lake Street Dive play the Wilma Tue., Aug. 16. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8, along with Gregory Alan Isakov. $37/$32 advance.