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Horse Feathers, Frank Fairfield, Ezza Rose Band 

When: Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $15
Horse Feathers' fourth album, Cynic's New Year, sounds positively upbeat. No, really, bear with me. The abundance of instruments—horns, strings, woodwinds—encases Justin Ringle's mournful voice and sad stories in a warm blanket of company. Even as he fixates on life's most personal and (possibly) most profound tragedies, there's a metaphorical sense of uplift and a very real sense of nuance. The bigger sound is compelling and mature, and it makes for a wonderfully cohesive listening experience. Meanwhile, opener Frank Fairfield may have been born 100 years too late, but he isn't trying to capitalize on old-time nostalgia. The fact that people happen to be possessed of nostalgia for this type of music is a happy coincidence, one that took him off the streets of LA and into our concert venues. Fairfield may be a time capsule, but he's the real deal. REBECCA WILSON

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