Megan Jean & the KFB w/ Dead Winter Carpenters, Lindsay Holler

When: Thu., April 3 2014

rock, Americana, 9:30 p.m.

Coming from the Northern California jam scene, Dead Winter Carpenters began as a string group before adding drums and electric guitar. The band’s resultant Americana blends bluegrass, Bakersfield country, and roots rock in lithe, bustling numbers buoyed by the boy/girl vocals of fiddler Jenni Charles and singer/guitarist James Dunn. Drummer Brian Huston’s backbeat is the backbone of the band, chugging like a steam engine while Charles’ fiddle swoops and swerves through the arrangements. The Lake Tahoe quintet originally went by the name Sandpaper Mittens — an affliction allegedly plaguing the hands of outdoorsy, backwoods women in Maine — before changing it to Dead Winter Carpenters. They made their self-titled debut, D.W.C., in 2010, then secured 12 grand from Kickstarter donors for their follow-up. Released in 2012, Ain’t It Strange is a more dynamic album that even incorporates horns, like on the rootsy, Big Easy-swinging “Tahoe Girl.” In January, Dead Winter Carpenters released the Dirt Nap EP, showcasing an increased country influence and big, five-part harmonies, like on the celtic-tinged “Long Arm of the Law” and the airy folk song “Colorado Wildfire.” —Chris Parker THURSDAY

Price: $8/adv., $10/door

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