Nobody would ever confuse trip-hop with folk-pop, but apparently its not that hard to skip from one to the other. When the Canadian trip-hop band Zoebliss called it quits several years ago, the female acoustic duo Madison Violet sprang up in its wake. At first Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac (theyre from Scottish towns in Canada, hence the Scottish-sounding names) went by MadViolet and worked a sleek, plugged-in alt-pop sound. By their second album, Caravan, theyd partially stripped it down. Last years No Fool For Tryin completed that process. The Indigo Girls might seem like the obvious point of comparison for a female folk-pop duo, but with Madison Violet, it only works to a point. Along with their sympathetic harmonies, they tend to favor a vintage aesthetic and simpler lyrics. Small of My Heart, for instance, centers on three chords and a repetitive hook of few words, but the effect is fairly bewitching.
Tue., Feb. 16, 8 p.m., 2010