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Marissa Nadler w/Stone Jack Jones 

When: Wed., July 16, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $12
Considering that Bostonian Marissa Nadler once sold all her instruments and vowed never to work with a record label again, it’s a miracle of sorts that she ended up releasing July in February. We’re better for it: July is an excellent and worthwhile album — at once darker and denser than her previous work — and every now and then, you can almost make out the contours of some forgotten hill melody below the spectral vocals and echoic production. (Her music can be kind of like a cathedral built on an old country cemetery that way. She’s also shouted out Willie’s Roadhouse in interviews.) The hauntingly spare “Firecrackers,” the inspiration for the album’s summery title, wrings more emotion from a languidly strummed guitar and heavily reverbed vocals than most could, given the same simple tools, and the harmonies almost sound like they’ve been beamed from golden-age Nashville — by way of purgatory, maybe. Likeminded atmospheric folk rambler Stone Jack Jones opens. STEVE HARUCH

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