Chances are you know Suzanne Vega from 1990’s “Tom’s Diner,” her originally a cappella track that skyrocketed to radio ubiquity after British producers DNA set it to a dance beat. But it’s hard to understate Vega’s importance outside of that song: The intimate, accessible folk of her 1987 platinum breakthrough, Solitude Standing, opened up commercial avenues for female singer-songwriters like Sinead O’Connor, Fiona Apple, and the Indigo Girls. Though Vega’s popularity was arguably superseded by those that followed — especially after producer and ex-husband Michael Froom took her ’90s efforts in a more experimental direction — there’s no question that her wryly observational lyrics and pop-friendly arrangements are just as compelling now as they were 20 years ago.
Sun., May 4, 8 p.m., 2014

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