Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles | FitzGerald's | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., June 13, 9 p.m. 2009

For the past few years Boston’s Sarah Borges has been refining a hybrid of the indie rock she grew up loving and the country music that’s fascinated her lately. Her third album, The Stars Are Out (Sugar Hill), is her most mature and sophisticated yet, but fortunately that doesn’t mean she felt obliged to stop backing and forthing and focus on one genre—as she proves with a killer reworking of Smokey Robinson’s classic slow jam “Being With You,” she puts her instinct for a good song first. Though I’m not crazy about the watered-down Joan Jett vibe of the opener, “Do It for Free,” the rest of the album expertly balances zippy power pop (including a version of Any Trouble’s “Yesterday’s Love”), twangy retro numbers, and even some moody ballads (among them the record’s most unlikely cover, the Magnetic Fields’ “No One Will Ever Love You”). What makes it all work is Borges’s voice—alternately sweet, raspy, howling, and soulful—and the unflashy playing of new guitarist Lyle Brewer. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson headline. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25, $20 in advance

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