Saturday: Caleb Stine & the Brakemen

Nov. 7

Last year, Caleb Stine released "Maybe God Is Lonely Too," a stunning solo record about God's silence, American traditions (good, bad, and genocidal), falling in love, and birds. It was City Paper's Best Album in our 2014 Best Of and I said this about it in a feature back in April 2014 when the record was released: "There are echoes of Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt throughout, and it exists in the same tradition-parsing worlds as contemporary country affronts from Mount Moriah, or Will Oldham." It was potent and hushed and intimate. It was a lot to handle, which is true of all great, heady art. Perhaps it was a bit too much for Stine as well, because on his new album, "Time I Let It Go," he's back with the Brakemen, who also wrote some of and sing on some of the songs here. I'm still unpacking the record (which will be available at the show), but right now the one that sticks out is the title track, a lonely sing-along ("No match could light this wood that I found"). Openers are Brooks Long, another explorer of tradition, the Weisstronauts, and DJ Marc Elzey. 7 p.m., Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd., (443) 699-3040,, $15. (Brandon Soderberg)

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