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Samantha Crain, Summer James 

When: Wed., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $10

Four years ago, when Oklahoma songwriter Samantha Crain debuted with her Confiscation EP, her incoming stardom seemed inevitable. With a voice that combined Beth Orton's soft beauty and Joanna Newsom's idiosyncratic folds, Crain's songs (and an association with labelmates The Avett Brothers) felt bound for big rooms. But on "The Pattern Has Changed," the creaking piano stunner at the middle of her forthcoming album, Kid Face, Crain confesses the extent of her penury: "Changing my clothes/ Though they're the only thing I own now." Indeed, three records and a half decade into her career, Crain's public spotlight is still on a dimmer, though Kid Face could yet again change that. Produced by sonic mastermind John Vanderslice, these arrangements treat Crain's songs with a dash of irreverence, turning Crain's singer-songwriter core as an invitation to push the tunes further. At last, the eccentricity of her singing and the entreatment of her writing have found support just strange enough to fit. With Sumner James. —Grayson Currin

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