DM Stith, June 30, Neurolux 

With Inlets and Silje Nes, 9 p.m., $5

DM Stith's bio reads like the background of an Agatha Christie character: His grandfather is professor emeritus in music at Cornell University; he was in a grade-school performance of Phantom of the Opera that nearly scarred him for life; and he was originally headed down a career path toward writing and illustration, but a fork in the road led him to music. Even in a hoodie and stocking feet, Stith's shock of blond hair, serious heavy-lidded eyes and a furrowed look of concentration as he performs, give him the visage of a man in a time out of time. Strummed Latin-tinged guitar, hand claps and snaps, airy background choruses, a melancholy Simon-and-Garfunkel-esque storytelling acumen and Stith's floaty falsetto lend his recent release, Heavy Ghost Appendices (May 2010, Asthmatic Kitty Records), an ethereal tone. Check out Stith's tour blog and gorgeous photos at

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