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The Lower 48, Future Historians, Great Wilderness 

When: Thu., Dec. 29, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $8
Choosing to omit Alaska and Hawaii from their band name, the Lower 48 is a burgeoning folk band that's bound to draw showgoers in close and tight. Hailing originally from Minnesota, they've carved out a formidable home in our fair city, and have hit the ground running. Their excellent debut full-length, Where All Maps End, was released this month with the help of a summer Kickstarter campaign, and is one for lounging near your closest heat source (an electric stove with fanned silk flames will do). As various stringed instruments make their strummed entrance, Ben Praden and Sarah Parson seize the vocals (often simultaneously, always beautifully), while songs like "Come Awake" and "I'm on My Way (Almost)" roll in as standout numbers, swelling to levels of contagious exuberance, kept in time by a rhythm section that follows along with that mighty metronome in our chests. RAQUEL NASSER

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