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Wednesday music picks: Tori Amos, Jeff Lofton Quartet

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 29, 2014

Tori Amos at the Long Center. More than two decades into a solo career that began with her promising 1992 debut “Little Earthquakes” — with an assist from her timely B-side of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” recast as a striking piano ballad — Amos remains one of the most distinctive vocalists in contemporary music. Her dramatic delivery has been a major draw for some and an instant turn-off for others, but enough fans have bought in and stuck around long-term for the new “Unrepentant Geraldines” to be her 14th album. In recent years, she’s veered into classical and theatrical territory, though the new album’s lead single “Trouble’s Lament” will strike a familiar chord with those who were first drawn to her edgy folk-pop emotionalism. $45.8 p.m. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org. — P.B.

Also: The popular Austin Sound & Cinema biweekly summer series on the lawn at the Long Center’s City Terrace features an inspired booking of jazz group the Jeff Lofton Quartet playing Henry Mancini music to precede a screening of “The Pink Panther.” … Songwriter Radney Foster’s songs frequently turn up in the hands of country superstars, but they’re best heard from his own voice. Catch him at a free 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records. … Seaway and Stickup Kid, a pair of punk-pop bands from Canada and California, play the indoor stage at Stubb’s. … Dan Dyer, Adam Ahrens and Jazz Mills close out their July weekly residency at Lamberts. … Americana options include Hayes Carll and John Evans at Guero’s for KDRP’s Texas Radio Live show, Curtis McMurtry at the Roost with Rambler Rose and Homer Henderson’s happy-hour show indoors at the Mohawk.