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Columbia’s Stagbriar is not your typical roots act. Yeah, they’re folky and front-porchy and irreverently reverent to their Americana forebears, but call us crazy, if we don’t hear a little bit of back-country hip-hop in their music, especially on the killer leadoff track to the 2013 album Quasi-Hymns, Murder-Ballads, and Tales of How the Hero Died. Alex McCollum, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist for Stagbriar, says we’re only a little bit nuts. “The goal for ‘Tom’ was to write a talking-blues murder-ballad, like Leadbelly, Guthrie, Dylan, or Van Ronk might have delivered,” McCollum says. “Throw Public Enemy in there too.” The third track on Quasi-Hymns, “Deepest Leagues,” is another one of the album’s standout tracks; it’s also one of the most schizo. “Leagues” starts off with a punchy ramshackle beginning packed with haunting harmonies before transforming into a delicate bit of Band of Horses dream pop. “‘Deepest Leagues’ is the result of two completely different songs about similar subjects,” McCollum says. “Parts of them had other choruses, or more verses, but it made more sense to put these two ideas together and avoid an overused song structure. The result was a pleasant surprise from the beginning, and it’s still one of our favorite songs to play live.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY