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Sarah Jarosz, Alameda 

When: Fri., May 9, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $16-18
The recently revived Nickel Creek somehow still feels like a trio of fresh-faced newgrassers even though they've been around for more than two decades. And their music still feels vital, something that will increase in the coming years as a wave of artists influenced by the band rolls in. At the crest of that wave is Sarah Jarosz, a 22-year-old Texan whose formative years coincided with Nickel Creek's early-'00s peak. Jarosz is a multi-instrumentalist, a gifted songwriter, and a breathtaking singer, and her newest album, 2013's Build Me Up from Bones, has an inquisitive, omnivorous vibe; it's the sound of a virtuoso, having conquered technique, searching for something new to feed her artistic appetite. Jarosz's take on progressive acoustic music is more elegant and less plucky than Nickel Creek's, and she pairs it with a steady, overcast voice that recalls Gillian Welch. If that ain't a winning combo, I don't know what is. BEN SALMON


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