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Angela Desveaux grew up in Nova Scotia and lives in Montreal, but her heart is in old American country. On her debut, Wandering Eyes (Thrill Jockey), her sweet, breathy voice makes her sound younger than 28, but her songs perfectly illuminate pre-thirtysomething concerns, balancing woe and wonder, doubt and rose-colored romanticism. The record isn't stunning, but it has a warmth that makes it easy to return to, and Desveaux a dexterous songwriter. Half the songs on Wandering Eyes are upbeat, with trilling organ, pedal steel, and some casual nods to Sweetheart of the Rodeo; her ballads are just as winning, setting her bright voice in dusty, melancholy music. With talent to spare and such pretty pipes--on occasion she sounds a bit like one of her heroes, Lucinda Williams--it's hard to imagine she'll stay in the indie underground for long. Archer Prewitt headlines and the David Daniell-Douglas McCombs Duo opens. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance.

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