The Word

Holly Golightly w/ Delaney Davidson
Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Kilby Court (738 Kilby Court)
No, this isn’t an Audrey Hepburn tribute band. Holly Golightly is a charming British singer-songwriter so hip and underground that chances are you’ve never heard of her, even though she released 13 albums since 1995. Golightly’s moment in the mainstream came in the form of the cheeky “It’s True That We Love One Another” on the White Stripe’s album Elephant. She has worked with notable artists Billy Childish and Rocket from the Crypt, but Golightly is most at home all by herself. With a penchant for blues and a hearty appetite for soul, Golightly is no Kate Nash or Lily Allen. Her sound is more rooted in American blues and folk than your average British tart, and her vulnerable, searching voice lends her songs an element of honesty that cannot be faked. Kilby Court is the perfect venue to see her8212;small and cozy enough to create the kind of intimate performance that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Mason Jennings w/ Zach Gill
Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
Murray Theater (4959 S. State Street)
Mason Jennings is Jack Johnson minus the banana pancakes. The celebrated pop-folk singer-songwriter from Minnesota will sing tales of imaginary yokel characters and ballads of lost love. After signing to Brushfire Records earlier this year, Jennings released In the Ever, only his second of nine albums not self-released. Like the rest of his catalogue, In the Ever showcases Jennings’ minimalist approach to creating catchy tunes, using his innate storytelling abilities and charming guitar to take the listener into his mountain world of individual reflection and search for spirituality. Fortunately, Jennings is never afraid to dive into the world of silly, with overly poppy rhythms that can almost sound like nursery rhymes. One of the best-kept secrets in music, Jennings offers the kind of pop sensibility and catchiness of Jack Johnson but with a musical edge that keeps his music out of the hands of 16-year-old cheerleaders.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 9 p.m.
Harry O’s (427 Main St. in Park City)
In case you missed him at Redfest this year, or if you just can’t get enough of him, this is your second chance to catch Matisyahu8212;although this time you’ll have to be 21 to get into the show. It’s not often that an act like a rapping orthodox Jewish reggae singer actually has talent to back up the novelty. A favorite of devout weed smokers, Matisyahu sings about Zion and Babylon with the same passion and fire that Bob Marley used to, but with an energy and flare contemporary listeners are more accustomed to. A former acid-tripper who followed Phish on tour, Matisyahu has roots in rock, as evidenced by the hard-hitting guitar riffs that occasionally find their way into his songs.