All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

The Stairwell Sisters

When: Sat., March 15, 9 p.m. 2008

If Loretta Lynch sounds a bit off, it's supposed to; if it doesn't, you're not listening hard enough. Nothing's sacred in modern music, and while this San Francisco quartet holds outlaw country in high esteem, it's not entirely loyal. Loretta Lynch plays the sort of California country-lover's country that has no past, as if it rolled in on a wave one day and set up shop. Buttery vocal harmonies and wary rhythms convey timeless tales about heartbreak, coming home, and growing old that still manage to sound utterly modern. This is commendable in its own way, but lined up with Devine's Jug Band and headliners the Stairwell Sisters at the Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco) on Saturday, March 15, Loretta Lynch will probably come closer to being unstuck in time than it ever could on its own. 9 p.m., $13.

Nate Seltenrich

Price: $13

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