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Chicago singer-songwriter Ryley Walker has released two acclaimed albums of folk music that’s alternately lovely and biting: 2015’s Primrose Green and this year’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. With the latter record, the young Walker expands on the fingerpicked Bert Jansch vibes of his debut, incorporating various jazz and post-rock elements into his steady psych-folk sound. Album centerpiece “The Roundabout” nods a little too eagerly towards Rodriguez’s “Cause,” but its stoned matter-of-factness feels refreshingly candid. Fellow Chicago standout Circuit des Yeux, whose country-tinged Jackie Lynn is one of the year’s most unexpected treats, shares Monday’s must-see Caledonia bill.
RYLEY WALKER Acclaimed singer-songwriter from Chicago whose work touches on folk, jazz and '60s psychedelia. See Calendar Pick on p. 17.
CIRCUIT DES YEUX Folk chanteuse and noise maven Haley Fohr’s sound vacillates between lo-fi and songwriting sophistication.