Jared & The Mill 

The Olympic, Tuesday, May 14

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Jared & the Mill

As its pared-down music makes clear, Arizona folk band Jared & The Mill is into the simple things in life. "We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada tacos at 3 a.m., dirty jokes and asking each other what we think about things," its website reads. On the album This Story Is No Longer Available (Jared & The Mill LLC/Tone Tree Music, 2019), that yen for simplicity can sometimes conjure images of heartbreak. "I know it's not my fault / but my sense of worth is a wrecking ball / It swings as soon as I look back / and hits the home I love," frontman Jared Kolesar sings on "Soul in Mind." Still, there's more optimism than sadness in This Story, and the band will double down on that during its tour, matching every dollar in ticket sales with a donation to the self-proclaimed font of "do-goodery" that is the Can'd Aid Foundation. Jared & The Mill will also workshop with and donate instruments to kids along the way. Added to the easy-listening music, those are the ingredients of a truly feel-good show.

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