When: Thu., Jan. 31, 8 p.m. 2013
Two of the songwriters in this four-tunesmith round are responsible for two of the year's best albums. With Mount Moriah, Heather McEntire's songs on Miracle Temple continue to explore personal freedom and feeling, detailing her attempts to wrest control of her identity away from the Southern mores in which she was raised. Identity is an important theme for Hiss Golden Messenger leader Michael Taylor, as well; on his forthcoming Haw, he views family, faith and creature comfort through the lens of an adult, settling in for the rest of his life. Megafaun's Phil Cook is the third local on this bill led by Amy Ray, the fully empathetic and earnest co-leader of the Indigo Girls, another band that serves as a semaphore of self-identity. THURSDAY, JAN. 31, AT CASBAH. $15/8 p.m.