Sat., April 13, Jessie Payo
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 8 p.m., $35
“Beware! There be a siren 'round these parts, and she is liable to ensnare you with her sultry vocals!” This should be Jessie Payo's tagline for introducing herself, because it is true. Listening to “Heaven Help Me,” you get the sense that Payo is a talented acoustic singer-songwriter who dabbles in country and Americana. But then she comes back with the sexy, ambient acoustic ditty “Hands Together,” and her scorching, slightly scratchy vocals make you want to court certain death just to be near her. Payo will open for Toad the Wet Sprocket, but you'll forget they are there once you listen to her sing. 2708 J Street, www.jessiepayo.com.