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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday To-Do: Cotton Jones

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9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.

Michael Nau and Whitney McGraw, the principals in the dreamy folk-pop band Cotton Jones, call Cumberland, Md., home. The vibe of that small, sleepy town — Nau described it to Rolling Stone as “just some hills and old schools and churches” —  is hard to miss in the duo’s folky pysch-pop. Like perhaps Cotton Jones’ most obvious antecedent, Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra, Nau and McGraw build songs around harmony and vocal interplay — his deep, sometimes raspy, sometimes layered in reverb, hers bright, pixie-ish. But where Hazelwood’s spare, wigged out arrangements can’t help but evoke the desert, Nau and McGraw’s have a more loping, gentle tenor, perhaps best understood in these parts as porch-sitting music. En route to Bonnaroo, the Suicide Squeeze act comes to Sticky Fingerz with Miniature Tigers supporting. Expect bright pop songs about Tchaikovsky, dinos and a cannibal queen.

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