Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter

In the four years since Jesse Sykes released her last full-length, Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul, the local alt-country icon has broken up with her boyfriend/collaborator Phil Wandscher, moved (at least part time) to Iowa, and seen her contract with Seattle’s Barsuk Records expire (at least for now). Tonight, the husky-voiced siren returns to her old stomping grounds with an armload of new tunes that make up this summer’s Marble Son, a record on which Sykes’ distinct howl is utilized as an instrumental brick in the album’s wall of country-psychedelia more so than a vessel for her prose. Her wooly vocals may have found their true calling. With Mimicking Birds, Eugene Wendell & The Demon Rind. CHRIS KORNELIS

Fri., April 8, 9:30 p.m., 2011

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