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Torres, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Judson Claiborne 

When: Thu., June 27, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Mackenzie Scott, aka Torres, admits that the addition of electric-guitar noise put much-needed “teeth” in her music when it was still young and developing. Prior to plugging in, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter mostly trafficked in folk-leaning acoustic guitar, touring Nashville’s cozier hot-tea and espresso joints. But “Honey”—the first single and best track from her self-released, self-titled debut, released earlier this year—wouldn’t be half as effective without the understated grit and swirling dissonance she pushes out with her electric. The unhinged bluesy soul and southern drawl in her vocals recall Erika Wennerstrom of the Heartless Bastards, as she forces her voice into a rawer and gutsier place in order to climb above her amp—she’s flaunting attitude, not vulnerability. On “November Baby,” by contrast, she coasts her airy vocals over seven minutes of a sparse, repetitive guitar-and-bass arrangement—it’s precious without being overwrought, and when considered next to “Honey” or the relatively by-the-book rock song “When Winter’s Over,” it shows just how far Torres’s reach extends. —Kevin Warwick Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Judson Claiborne open.

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