Local Licks

This week, we review the Echo Falls, Picture Me Broken, Christmas Jug Band, and Shirley Kirsten.

The Echo Falls, The Echo Falls. Lovely, gentle, introspective — this local folk-rock trio makes marvelously subtle music. Composed of musicians trained at Juilliard and Oberlin, with one member who works with the SF Symphony and another whose day job is scoring movies for Pixar, the accomplished group of pros showcases its mellow, slightly wistful sound on its self-assured debut album. (self-released)

Picture Me Broken, Dearest, I’m So Sorry. Sixties legend Gregg Allman’s daughter Layla Brooklyn Allman carries on the family tradition with this promising debut, which is surprisingly melodic for a screamo band. Although the lyrics reflect Allman’s youth, they definitely show signs of interesting things to come. Catchy, emotional, and polished, Picture Me Broken is a band worth keeping your eye on. (self-released)

At Blakes on Telegraph (2367 Telegraph Avenue) on January 3. 6:30 p.m., $10

Christmas Jug Band, On the Holiday Highway. Full of witty renditions of holiday-themed tunes, this album will get anyone into the true spirit of the season. Recorded live at seven shows across Northern California, this collection featuring local luminaries like Dan Hicks and Country Joe Norton will have you giggling into your eggnog in no time. An excellent antidote to seasonal stress. (Globe Records)

At Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St., Berkeley) on December 18. 8 p.m., $22.50

Shirley Kirsten, A Musical Journey: Scarlatti, Schubert and Chopin. Accomplished local pianist, teacher, and graduate of New York High School of the Performing Arts and Oberlin Conservatory, Shirley Kirsten runs through a selection of Baroque composers including Schubert, Chopin, and the oft-neglected Scarlatti. Scarlatti, in particular, is notoriously difficult to play, and Kirsten handles it with impeccable technique, gorgeous tone, and general aplomb. (self-released)


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