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David Berkeley 

When: Sat., Jan. 21, 8:30 p.m. 2012

Despite his seemingly obvious namesake, David Berkeley has only lived in Bay Area for a couple years. Before settling into a picturesque neighborhood off of San Pablo Avenue in 2009, the songwriter lived all over the US But now with a young child, he's confident that his family's move to the East Bay was the best possible decision. Berkeley's soft, guitar-tethered tunes have garnered attention from national news outlets and film directors alike, catching comparisons to other folk crooners such as Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. His most recent album, Some Kind of Cure, is easy on the ears but still full of mournful and heart-heaving sentiment. Berkeley's vocals are strewn with sugary hiccups; his acoustic guitar work plucked out with in a style that sounds both traditionally American and international. This low-key evening would make a good quiet date or friendly family affair: At Subterranean Arthouse (2179 Bancroft Way) on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. $10 SubterraneanArthouse.org

— Will Butler

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