TUESDAY 3/14. White Water Tavern. 8 p.m. $15-$18.
Guitarist David Rawlings shows up all over singer-songwriter Sunny War’s new album, “Anarchist Gospel,” but this is no Gillian Welch record. Take the track “Higher,” for instance, which complicates Rawlings’ taut, high-pitched fingerpicking by overlaying it with synth pads, distorted drums and War’s low and gospel-tinged voice.
Another unexpected utilization of Rawlings comes on “Swear to Gawd,” which features a bluesy harmonica and electric piano that ooze with attitude. War calls herself “folk-punk” and though I’m not sure I agree with the “punk” side of that genre distinction, maybe she just means that her version of roots music can’t be contained. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers will also play. Tickets are available here.