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Stornoway, Sea of Bees 

When: Thu., June 2, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $11-12
There's a choirboy element in the voice of Stornoway singer Brian Briggs, a purity that hasn't been presented this well in pop music since Colin Blunstone of the Zombies. That vocal clarity is what elevates the Oxford band above touchy-feely Britfolk peers like Mumford and Sons—that along with some splendid material, like "Zorbing," the opening track from their debut album Beachcomber's Windowsill. The record's weaker songs sound a little like James performing Tigermilk, not necessarily a bad thing. The band's been known to occasionally perform some tunes without the help of microphones, which in a room like the Doug Fir should be a real thrill if they decide to do it. Arrive in plenty of time to catch Sea of Bees (hey, bees!), the project of California singer/songwriter Jules Baenziger, who also has a vocal clarity beyond match. Hers is more of a sorrowful yowl, which gives her tremendous songs an emotional power that borders on devastation. NED LANNAMANN

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