Twin Sister, JD Souther tonight (6/13/11)

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Twin Sister Few quintets manage to capture the romanticized ’80s sound without being all Flock of Seagulls about it like this Long Island-born, Brooklyn-based band. Through painstakingly crafted music, they emote on a level that’s rare, fresh and lulls you into just the groove to receive it. The band looped back around to North Carolina after playing in Chapel Hill on June 3, hitting Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Houston and New Orleans, among others in the short time since. Holiday Shores and Cement Stars are also on the bill. $8-$10. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. (Mike McCray)

JD Souther He’s written or collaborated hits for many, including the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, but fame has eluded his own solo releases. A session player for the better part of four decades, and a Southern California country-rock progenitor in his own right, Souther is touring on the heels of his new recording Natural History, which is filled with pared-down, acoustic versions of hits he’s written. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise, Souther is an American songwriting treasure. Jill Andrews will open. $25.50-$27.50. McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalarts.org. (Samir Shukla)

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