Erika Wennerstrom hasn't lived in Ohio for more than half a decade, but we don't let our music heroes go so easily. Fortunately, they usually are proud to rep Ohio even if they've long since vacated.

Erika Wennerstrom hasn’t lived in Ohio for more than half a decade, but we don’t let our music heroes go so easily. Fortunately, they usually are proud to rep Ohio even if they’ve long since vacated.

So Arrow, the Austin resident’s Austin-produced 2012 album, should make you Ohioans proud. From gospel-tinged six minute opener “Marathon” (consider it her answer to Blur’s “Tender”) to Dwight Yoakam-worthy “Parted Ways,” Arrow is the most energizing music of Wennerstrom’s career. In particular, the Zeppelin-informed, tom-tumbling distortion bomb “Simple Feeling” is unexpected, welcome and potent.

Dead Confederate opens Thursday’s show at The Basement.

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