Spaghetti Western String Co. take their details seriously, and this is a huge part of what makes them so successful. When all you have are the strings under your fingers, the air in your lungs, and a desire to blend banjo, guitar, cello, mandolin, and clarinet into something both traditional and progressive, the little things make a big difference. The music on their latest, Lull and Clatter, is subtle and warm and woody, floating through the air like dust motes through sunlight on a late summer afternoon. Leader/guitarist/banjo player Michael Rossetto has talked about how what they have to offer is "melody, harmony, your basic elements." But watching them put the pieces together on stage, seeing them build music imbued with both the sturdiness and delicacy of a well-crafted antique, makes you realize that it's all just basic elements. Little pieces—and all the pieces matter. Opening for the Pines. 21+.
Sat., June 28, 9 p.m., 2008