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  • PHOTO BY DAVID BENDIKSEN<br/>Asia Mei

    PHOTO BY DAVID BENDIKSEN
    Asia Mei

  • Ben Tousley and Sue Kranz

    Ben Tousley and Sue Kranz

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>The Eric Olsson Band

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    The Eric Olsson Band

  • Guardian Alien

    Guardian Alien

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Jason Anderson

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Jason Anderson

  • Man Forever

    Man Forever

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Poco

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Poco

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Rubblebucket

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Rubblebucket

  • PHOTO BY DAVID BENDIKSEN<br/>Asia Mei
  • Ben Tousley and Sue Kranz
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>The Eric Olsson Band
  • Guardian Alien
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Jason Anderson
  • Man Forever
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Poco
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Rubblebucket

The folk tradition lives on with the local duo of vocalist/flautist Sue Kranz and vocalist/guitarist Ben Tousley, who celebrate the release of their new CD, “Take Heart,” with a show at Unity In the Pioneer Valley in Greenfield Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The twosome’s 17-song album is built on a solid foundation of gentle-picked acoustic guitar and heartfelt harmonies and includes originals as well as covers by Ian & Sylvia (“You Were On My Mind”), Stan Rogers (“Field Behind the Plow”), James Taylor (“You Can Close Your Eyes”) and more, plus material sung in Spanish and Hebrew and guest appearances by guitarist Kevin Barry, multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry and pianist Janet Hood.

Kranz and Tousley have worked together for 25 years, but their separate resumés include numerous other projects and accomplishments. Kranz has appeared with the women’s singing group Constellations, worked on music in such distant places as Nepal and Peru and put out three records of her own. Tousley has released six albums, toured down the East Coast and out to the Midwest and teaches music and empowerment at the Springfield College School of Human Services.

Diane Crowe of Leverett’s Echo Lake Coffeehouse said of the duo, “Rarely does one find two individual singer/songwriters working so well together, as do Ben and Sue.” The folk duo entrances audiences with their “rich harmonies and gentle spirits,” according to the Boston Globe. See for yourself at Kranz and Tousley’s CD celebration this weekend.

Country-rock band Poco has been writing, performing and touring since 1969, through numerous lineup changes and shifts in sound. Led by lone remaining original member Rusty Young, a trio version of the band — reportedly working on a new record that’ll include their silly but undeniably catchy “Neil Young Is Not My Brother” — will play the Iron Horse in Northampton tonight at 7 p.m.

Half Shaved is a jazz outfit featuring Dave Bilodeau, Seth Hoffsommer, Larry Klein and Jon Oltman. They play a free show at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls tonight at 8 p.m.

Rubblebucket, touring behind their new EP, “Oversaturated,” returns to the Valley for a surely sweat-soaked-crowd-dancing show at Pearl Street in Northampton tonight at 8 p.m. Also on the bill are Reptar, Stepdad, and The Primate Fiasco, who’ll perform street-style sets in between bands.

Speedy Ortiz and the University of Massachusetts Amherst-based band Hortonia play a free show at The Hatch (in the UMass Student Union) tonight at 8 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Jason Anderson will be at the Iron Horse tonight at 10 p.m. Local rockers Fiesta Brava start off the concert.

Hortonia, Lux Deluxe, The Demographic and The Dividers appear at The Elevens tonight at 10 p.m.

It’s been more than a year since Asia Mei performed onstage. In the time away, she had a baby, composed an 11-minute string quartet and worked on a choral piece that involves biblical language and ’60s songs. She plans to play new originals, old faves and a cover or two at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls Saturday at 8 p.m.

Two experimental Thrill Jockey recording artists are on tour together — Man Forever (the solo project of Oneida drummer Kid Millions) and Guardian Alien (led by Greg Fox) — and will appear at the Elevens in Northampton Monday at 9 p.m.

The Eric Olsson Band, Trailer Park and Hadley-based trio Bunk team up for a show at the Iron Horse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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