Sugarland, Sara Bareilles

When: Sat., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. 2011

2010 CMA vocal duo of the year Sugarland embraced the steampunk phenomenon on their latest record, The Incredible Machine, the cover of which features the band’s name festooned with all manner of late-19th century doo-dads and gears. The record itself has a Frankenstein’s monster feel, with early ‘80s synths, big drums and gestures towards U2 and OMD processed through the Nashville mainstream country machine — mandolins, fiddles and the like all bouncing off all of those New Wave sounds. A crossover attempt, though Sugarland seemed to be doing just fine sticking with country. With the rather more critically-respected Sara Bareilles, whose piano-based pop seems effortlessly big, graceful and well-crafted.

Price: $35-60 (plus fees), all-ages

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