Staff Pick: Laura Stevenson at Rumba

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From the September 26, 2013 edition

Long Island-native Laura Stevenson's bio on her website names obvious musical influences like Dolly Parton, Jeff Mangum, Neil Young and Gram Parsons and plays up both her family's musical heritage (her maternal grandpa was a composer and choral arranger responsible for “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and her maternal grandma was a singer for Benny Goodman) and Stevenson's classically trained piano upbringing (she wrote her first song as a six year old).

Which is fine, I guess, but it's Stevenson's punk roots and influences that shine brightest amid shimmering string arrangements and twangy, heartfelt introspection and existential angst on her third and latest LP Wheel.

When Stevenson yawps “This summer hurts!” on standout “Runner” you'd be forgiven for thinking back to Green Day, Operation Ivy, No Doubt or other pop-punk bands from the ’90s.

Columbus fans of Lydia Loveless' country rebel-punk tendencies would do well to check out Stevenson's show at Rumba Saturday.