Kenny Roby, Houston Brothers (Garage Bar) | Motorco Music Hall | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Kenny Roby, Houston Brothers (Garage Bar)

When: Fri., Feb. 3, 9 p.m. 2012

Though they've all been unified by his knack for lyrical detail and a voice that feels like a new belt made of old leather, various and distinct phases have marked the career of Kenny Roby for the last two decades like mileposts. With his alt-country bellwether Six String Drag, he was the ball coming out of the cannon, singing his songs in front of a heavy country-rock wallop. In the last decade, he's moved from sweet, spare storytelling to Elvis Costello, man-on-fire élan. Whether from restlessness or a compulsion to remain au courant, he's spiritedly shifted again to an elegantly atmospheric take on what's these days generally labeled indie rock—think a midpoint between Bon Iver's first two albums or Sufjan, coming down. Appropriately, he'll share tonight's stage not with a guy and his guitar but with young Charlotte quintet The Houston Brothers, who set melodies adrift on beds of reverb and twinkling effects. —Grayson Currin

Price: $5

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