Miranda Lee Richards is that rarity among singer-songwriters, able to coo beautifully lulling ballads without drifting off into easy-listening bathos. She once sang the most endearingly spectral version of “Dandelion” this side of The Rolling Stones, and her gentle, original songs on 2001's The Hereafter and 2009's Light of X evoke dreamily pastoral wonderlands infused with hints of mystery and sadness. You can hear Richards' inspirations Mazzy Star and Neil Young in her low-key delivery and loping chords, but then she opens up with a soaring, radiant voice that's all her own, glowing like a desert sun. Bart Davenport cuts right through with a ruefully charming voice that sounds like a more soulful, less solipsistic version of Morrissey, draped in '60s-pop arrangements. Tarnation's Paula Frazer summons ghosts with her eerie Ozark lamentations.

Sat., Sept. 20, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/20/14)

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