Music: Shivering Timbers with Darlene

Performing songs written for your baby daughter at a grown-up’s birthday party might not be the most typical way to kick off a career in music in earnest. But when the birthday party is for one

Performing songs written for your baby daughter at a grown-up’s birthday party might not be the most typical way to kick off a career in music in earnest. But when the birthday party is for one of today’s most successful music stars, it definitely ups the ante on your chances for success. That’s how things went down for Sarah and Jayson Benn, the married couple that makes up Shivering Timbers. They hail from current Grammys sensation Dan Auerbach’s homebase of Akron, Ohio, which helped lead to the birthday gig for Auerbach. The twosome — which blends Folk, Blues, Indie Rock and other elements into their dark, compelling mix — recorded its first album in Auerbach’s studio, then befriended one of Auerbach’s pals, Cincinnati’s Brian Olive, using his studio in the Queen City to record their superb, acclaimed second album, Sing Sing. With great songwriting and an ever-rising profile thanks to consistent touring — including a few weeks out with stardom-bound Shovels & Rope — Shivering Timbers might just find themselves following in Auerbach’s footsteps to the Grammys stage within the next couple of years. The duo performs with local Indie Pop greats Darlene. 21 and up. Free. 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine. motrpub.com.

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