Erin McKeown @ Uncle Slayton’s

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Uncle Slayton’s
1017 E. Broadway
$12-$15; 8:30 p.m.

This singer-songwriter’s seventh album, Manifestra, is self-released with recordings based around her touring band — but if you think that sounds like the formula for comfortable, familiar folk-pop, you don’t know Erin McKeown. There’s plenty of compelling intimacy in her catalog, but the new album emphasizes McKeown’s ability to set a veritable banquet of food for thought. The rhythms run the gamut here, and the layered sound is woven through horns, synths and guest vocalists. The lyrics are just as ambitious, including a co-write with perpetual journalist flashpoint Rachel Maddow. This is the second great album in a row from McKeown, and it shows her having fun while kicking ass. Expect an eclectic and electric set at Uncle Slayton’s. —T.E. Lyons

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