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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Stone Foxes 

When: Wed., July 3, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $16-18
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers make hot-weather music, singer/songwriter grooves for sweaty nights. On their second album, Driftwood, Bluhm & Co. dabble in Americana ("Women's Prison" and a cover of Doug Sahm's "I Wanna Be Your Mama Again") with all the banjos and fiddles and other signifiers of that tuckered idiom. But they are at their best when they stop playing tourist and get comfortable in the West Coast sophistication that makes the album more tasteful than trendy. "Jetplane" is a standout, highlighting Bluhm's Ronstadt voice and lilting, clear-eyed songwriting. Bluhm is from San Francisco, where she lives with her husband, Tim, AKA Grambler Number One. Tim Bluhm—also of the Mother Hips—wrote a few of the songs on the album, including my favorite, "Wall of Early Morning Light," which begins more like an outtake from Dark Side of the Moon than a California country track. REBECCA WILSON

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