Vanessa and Her Many Moons is an unexpected little local gem. Full is brim with bracingly raw and direct emotions. Like a female Leonard Cohen or Serge Gainsborough, Vanessa writes lyrics that have real bite — dark in a grown-up way, without feeling too self-indulgent. Musically, Full features styles from classic singer-songwriter pop to bluesy bar grooves, but somehow it all fits together, with darkly personal lyrics being the common theme.
At Kimo’s (1351 Polk St., San Francisco) on March 16. 9 p.m., $5-$8.