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Jessica Lea Mayfield w/Birdcloud 

When: Tue., May 1, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10-$12
Jessica Lea Mayfield has been dubbed a hybrid of Kurt Cobain and Maybelle Carter, and for all I know that’s accurate. A home-schooled native of Kent, Ohio, Mayfield reminds me of Nashville’s Caitlin Rose, right down to the half-asleep vocals and impeccably constructed songs — Mayfield is good at what she does, just like Rose. On last year’s breathlessly awaited full-length Tell Me, Mayfield sings casual tunes about relationships and self-assertion. Decorated with synthesizers and background vocals, Tell Me is a sharp record: The mutated Dick Dale-style guitar lick snaking around within the blithe “Our Hearts Are Wrong” will get your attention. Tell Me operates within an indie haze that smells suspiciously like isolation, and if you think Mayfield’s isolation has anything to do with Maybelle Carter’s, I suggest you pull out your old Foo Fighters and Liz Phair records and revisit the past.
— Edd Hurt

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