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Kevin Morby, Hand Habits

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The former Woods and The Babies member has stretched out into increasingly reflective solo work. Info/tix

Photo by Adarsha Benjamin.

Photo by Adarsha Benjamin.

Kevin Morby has shown an aptitude for multiple genres in his stints with various New York bands. He was the bass player for the folk-rock band Woods until 2013, and fronted the garage-rock band The Babies along with his former roommate, Cassie Ramone, of Vivian Girls. His solo music eschews the lo-fi nature of both former outfits for higher-quality production that allows his songs to linger in patient quietude. On the title track of his latest album, City Music, Morby seems nostalgic for those old projects, singing with a philosophical twang over a glittering guitar melody. The rest of the album has Morby successfully employing Americana styles to flesh out his otherwise freewheeling approach. He can still launch into the guitar-solo jams that used to be the centerpieces of his songs, but these moments of tension work within an expanded landscape of his matured songwriting. —Reid Kurkerewicz

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