Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings and Jack Johnson are both mellow, acoustic-leaning folk singers who were born in Hawaii and have a fondness for surfing. Jennings has opened for Johnson on occasion, and Johnson put an album of Jennings' out on the former's record label. But if Johnson is the layer of mashed potatoes atop a shepherd's pie, then Jennings is the beef, peas, and carrots beneath. Jennings, unlike Johnson, renders compositions of considerable depth and melancholia. It's not for nothing that Jennings, who's based in Minnesota and whose latest album bears the name of that state, was asked to cover Dylan or the soundtrack of I'm Not There. And he wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of JJ Casuals. With the Pines. MIKE SEELY

Fri., Oct. 14, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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