No Passengers, Edna Vazquez, Santos Almada, Ill Lucid Onset

When: Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. 2013

Edna Vazquez's well-deserved recognition for her intimate solo performances, which parlay stunningly authentic Mexican folk music to eager and sometimes weeping audiences, has been documented plenty the last couple of years. Her voice is powerful, and her timing and attention to the intricacies of melody is empowering. Vazquez's new rock band, No Passengers, isn't like any of that. It's not that Vasquez's voice is any less gorgeous. But this is a project built more on the calisthenics of guitar atmosphere and melodic dynamics than anything we've heard from Vazquez yet. The band's self-titled debut album takes a bit to get going, but when it does, on second track "The Place," it's a pleasant enough listen. Just don't expect the same warm fuzzies as during her better-known incarnation, which also appears tonight. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $5-8

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