Nick Drake emulators, it seems, will always be plentiful. Most are pallid facsimiles of the echt-sensitive British folkie who tragically died young and depressed in 1974. L.A.-based Scottish singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch, however, is a worthy Drake acolyte. His 2006 album Time Without Consequence surreptitiously worms its way into your heart through intimate, soothing vocals with a slight burr in them and breezily melancholy melodies that console the soul. It's emo, but with the volume turned way down. (Vera Project, Seattle Center, 956-8372. 7:30 pm, $19/$20, all ages.)

Support The Stranger