Jason Collett

Toronto vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jason Collett is member of Broken Social Scene, but that’s not really so special – I’m pretty sure at least half of Canada’s population has rotated in and out of that band over the years. What’s pretty special is Collett’s solo output since 2001 – five albums, including his new Rat a Tat Tat, of savory roots-rock, indie-folk, and ’70s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter fare that fans of early Josh Rouse, Freedy Johnston, and the Jayhawks can happily latch onto. Collett was a woodworker before his music career took off, and in many ways Rat a Tat Tat reflects that early passion – lovingly constructed, edges sanded smooth yet still rustic, and built to last a long time. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Thu., March 25, 9 p.m., 2010

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