When: Fri., Nov. 22 2013
songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 7 p.m.
It’s official: Sarah Jarosz has graduated from child prodigy to a full-fledged adult with her latest album, Build Me Up from Bones. It was released this fall, and music critics have been gushing over it — or, more specifically, over Jarosz’ increased confidence in her voice and songwriting abilities. And they’re right, too. Jarosz has really grown into her sound, which was already quite beautiful, enriching her acoustic bluegrassy style with hints of rock and eschewing the few twangy vocal affectations that were apparent on her previous albums. But the album isn’t the only thing she’s accomplished this year. In May, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and in August moved to New York. The move was followed by the release of Bones in September. “It’s been a whirlwind, to say the least,” she says. “To work so hard for something and have it be so well-received, that’s a great feeling.” Jarosz credits a lot of her growth as a musician to the things she was exposed to in college, especially poetry writing. “Being able to stretch a little bit in my writing, and being able to write poetry and not be tied down to a song form has really been good for me.” You can listen to the full album on her website, sarahjarosz.com. —Elizabeth Pandolfi FRIDAY