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Waybacks

When: Wed., July 20, 8 p.m. 2011

The Waybacks hail from San Francisco, but they sound like they were raised in Appalachia. Bluegrass is the jumping-off point for the quartet's wide-ranging blend of styles, but they seem to evoke the whole Western spectrum. On their fourth and latest studio album, 2008's Loaded, the mix includes traces of bossa nova ("The River"), klezmer ("Black Cat"), Irish folk ("Beyond the Northwest Passage"), jazzy swing ("Savannah") and country-pop ("Good Enough"). The cross-pollination is handled with flashes of humor, like that of "I'm Really Fine," a tune that recounts an ongoing struggle for self-actualization while passing through the army, Catholicism, fine art, cooking, yoga, psychotherapy and bussing tables at Denny's. —Chris Parker

Price: $15

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