Damien Jurado

Without question, 2010 was the year that local singer-songwriter Damien Jurado hit his stride, articulating his literal and figurative voice on St. Bartlett with a concise elegance and vulnerability that eclipsed even his strongest previous efforts. Jurado’s live shows are always hushed, reverent affairs well-worth the focused attention they command. However, the presence of Widower on this bill is equal cause for celebration. Frontman Kevin Large (backed primarily by members of the Moondoggies) is one of the city’s most unheralded talents, possessing a voice that evokes Ryan Adams’ more melancholic moments and the easy, unaffected delivery of an artist born for the stage. With Tony Kevin Jr. HANNAH LEVIN

Fri., Jan. 7, 9 p.m., 2011

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