Most people’s idea of a young female solo artist with a rabid fan base looks a lot like Avril Lavigne, not a fingerpicking wunderkind who doesn’t even sing. Kaki King’s guitar technique puts her someplace between Leo Kottke and Don Caballero’s Ian Williams, but though she rightfully earned praise for 2004’s Legs to Make Us Longer (Epic), major-label reshuffling left her in limbo. “I’m assuming I’m dropped, as everyone I knew at the label does not work there anymore and I have not heard from them in months,” she told me. “I should not have been on a major in the first place.” She’s been in town off and on for the past month working on a new album with John McEntire; tonight she’s ditching the acoustic and debuting some new songs on electric guitar and pedal steel, opening for another queer guitar innovator, Bob Mould. See also Saturday. Fri 2/17, 8 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000 or 866-468-3401, $28, $24 seniors and kids, sold out. All ages.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Ian Allen.