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CLAIRE HOLLEY
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz.

No Depression poster girl Claire Holley grew up in Mississippi, got her start playing in Jackson clubs, went off to college in Chicago and now lives in L.A. You can still hear her roots — a way of phrasing here, a lyric there — but there's not really any twang left in her music. She has a startlingly affecting voice, fragile and warm and often hushed. Appropriately enough, her first album in five years is called “Hush.” Yep Roc releases it the day before Holley plays Sticky Fingerz. The instrumentation on the preview songs from the album on her MySpace page has a particularly ethereal feel — moody electronics, indistinct horns, lap steel — and Holley's voice has never been better. This could be a breakthrough. 

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