by Steve Haruch
An oddball torch singer influenced by soul, blues and country, Amy LaVere has made a couple of interesting records that sound thin in comparison to her live performances. Still, the strange, slightly abstract Americana of 2006’s The World Is Not My Home suggested a fusion of Memphis grit and Nashville formalism, while the next year’s Anchors & Anvils revealed a sly, Victorian sensibility lurking within the broken-relationship songs. A Louisiana native who grew up playing punk in Detroit, LaVere briefly lived in Nashville before moving on to the more congenial Memphis scene. Onstage, LaVere rocks out behind her stand-up bass, and her band — drummer Paul Taylor and guitarist Steve Selvidge — demonstrates their mastery of soul and rock ‘n’ roll. LaVere has acted in a couple of projects by Memphis director Craig Brewer and is reportedly working on a new full-length.
8 p.m. at fooBar.