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ZZ Ward

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The bluesy woodworkings of ZZ Ward’s voice make it easy to compare her to the female powerhouse soul singers of yore, but there’s so much country twang and hip-hop underpinnings to her sound that basic parallels fall away. With her debut Till the Casket Drops, the girl born Zsuszsanna Eva Ward showed that the line between hip-hop and the blues is effortlessly erasing itself. Pairings like Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs prove her chops, but Ward’s voice needs no proof—it stands alone like a force of nature.

Fri., June 21, 8 p.m., 2013