Blues, Folk, & Country, Rock & Pop, All Ages

Joy Kills Sorrow

When: Wed., Aug. 18, 8 p.m. 2010

BostonÕs Joy Kills Sorrow is nominally a bluegrass band, but the acoustic quintet takes the form to unexpected places with its blend of old time, pop, folk, jazz and literary singer-songwriter impulses. The bandÕs lead vocalist, Emma Beaton, brings a low-key drama to the tunes, and her restrained performance imbues the music with an unbearable tension. Like many country singers, she seems poised on the brink of a nervous breakdown.The expert picking of the rest of the band, in particular Wesley CorbettÕs idiosyncratic banjo,props s her up without ever getting overly exuberant. Joy Kills Sorrow plays Wednesday, August 18, 8 p.m. at the Freight and Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley)$18.50 advance, $19.50 door TheFreight.org

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Price: $18.50, $19.50

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