As a New Englander and Emerson College grad, Sarah Borges was probably not supposed to become a country musician. And maybe she's not, although the country influences in her barroom style of rock are certainly evident.
There's a conversational minefield out there in music, folks, and it comes in the form of solo artists taking group names, like Bahamas, for example.
Classically-schooled, Sydney-based musicians Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown formed Falls as a couple, but broke up just after recording their debut EP "Hollywood" in 2011.
Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
The Dandy Warhols formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 and have crashed at the gates of multiple styles and genres ever since.
There are all sorts of opportunities to enjoy the music of Ages and Ages, as handclaps and tambourines take the spotlight in an updated kind of sing-along.
It's cringingly lazy to compare a performer like Robert Sarazin Blake to Dylan, but it's almost impossible not to on a track like "OK, OK, OK," in which Blake strums a featherweight rhythm as a backdrop for lyrics that border on spoken word.
In Season 9 of "The Simpsons," Lisa is convinced that she possesses a gene that will render her as stupid as Homer and Bart someday, and in an effort to feed her brain with as much culture as possible before its inevitable decline, she goes to a jazz club and is dismayed when another patron compares the performance to someone "hitting a baby with a cat."
Folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, of Crooked Still, has a new solo album, "Fossils," and brought three of those songs to this intimate live set.
Ezra Furman may look like a scruffier version of Conor Oberst, but on his second solo album, "Day of the Dog," he howls away all prepossessions of indie folk and proves himself to be one of rock 'n' roll's native sons.