Photo by Adarsha Benjamin


Kevin Morby

Aug. 29
8:30 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Along with contemporaries like Adam Granduciel (of the War on Drugs), Kurt Vile, and Steve Gunn, the Kansas City, Missouri native Kevin Morby is a modern master of a style of folk-rock that evokes Dylan’s output during his post-motorcycle-wreck ’60s. Formerly of the bands Woods and the Babies, Morby has expediently released four albums in as many years, with the inevitable Dylan and Cohen comparisons becoming less apt as his singing and writing have become more distinctly his. Last year’s Singing Saw was a clear breakthrough, with Morby masterfully incorporating sweeping orchestration—take “I Have Been to the Mountain,” so majestic with its horns and backing vocals that it’s almost shocking to realize it’s only three minutes long. This June, Morby, 29, returned with the more rock- and lead guitar-oriented City Music, complete with a blast of a Ramones homage called “1234” and a stripped-down cover of L.A. punks the Germs’ “Caught in My Eye.” Shannon Lay opens.