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Chris Trapper

8 p.m. Sunday, February 11. Felix's (6335 Clayton Avenue).

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Chris Trapper has the unfortunate luck of coming to town the very same night as the way-sold-out Shins show — which means that the Boston singer-songwriter might not have the audience he deserves for his richly detailed tunes. A mainstay of the Beantown music scene for more than a decade as the leader of heartfelt rockers the Push Stars, Trapper the solo artist is an equally thoughtful troubadour who addresses the weightier side of life. That's no more evident than on last year's Hey, You, a solid collection of songs about hard-luck loners and sad-eyed romantics. Trapper's vocals most often resemble the wrinkled tenor of Counting Crows' Adam Duritz (sans whining), but his voice is a honeyed match for Hey's slick, rootsy college-rock and acoustic folk-twang — music inspired by and courtesy of guests such as Great Big Sea, Martin Sexton and Trapper's Push Stars bandmates.

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