The Felice Brothers is a band usually identified through a series of comparisons. After touring with pseudo-politically-conscious Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band during the height of Obama mania in 2008, the Catskills natives and their self-titled LP of that year drew inevitable comparisons to Bob Dylan and The Band. Three years and two more albums later, the country-tinged folk group continues to string together junkyard accordions and flutes with standard piano-based songs. Though the band members are all in their 20s or early 30s, their songs are like the wistful, bitter woes of a country grandpa smoking a cigar on his front porch, only intensified by lead singer Ian Felice’s raspy, pained voice. Covering everything from local gun showdowns to car-bending road trips, the band handles Americana sound with an expected dose of grittiness and an unexpected amount of experimentation—sometimes bringing in classical string instruments for a surprisingly successful blend of low-art meets high-art. The Felice Brothers perform with Virgin Forest at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15–$22. —Marielle Mondon

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