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Thursday music picks: Jess Klein and Kathy Smock CD releases

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 2, 2014

Jess Klein and Kathy Smock CD releases at Strange Brew. A rising star in Boston a decade ago when she was signed to the prominent indie label Ryko, Klein never quite broke through to a wide audience, but a half-dozen releases attested to her talent as a sharp songwriter with a powerful voice. Now based in Austin, she has a new disc called “Learning Faith” that mixes acoustic and electric approaches on songs that touch on political issues. Also celebrating the release of a new record is eclectic singer-songwriter Kathy Smock, whose second album is called “November Night.” Klein: $10, 8 p.m.; Smock: $5, 10 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com. — P.B.

Also: It’s a good thing the teenage members of guitar-drums duo Dub Thompson went into the arts, as they don’t appear to be very good at math: Their debut album “9 Songs” contains eight songs. (The catch: One of the eight songs is titled “9 Songs.”) The record, which came out June 10, is getting a lot of attention in indie circles; catch them at Holy Mountain with opening act Ought. … KGSR’s free “Unplugged at the Grove” series at Shady Grove continues with nuevo-wavo maestro Joe King Carrasco. … Rough-and-tumble roots-rocker Ramsay Midwood is at the Continental Club. … Catch Thursday night regulars Mrs. Glass and Roxy Roca at the Blackheart on Rainey Street.