Carbon Leaf is a textbook example of slow and steady winning the race. The Virginia quintet began as a student band at Randolph-Macon College in 1992, leading to four independently released studio albums and a live set over the next 11 years. After a decade together, the band members quit their day jobs to focus on their music; almost simultaneously, their song “The Boxer” from Echo Echo earned them a ton of national exposure and helped them secure a contract with Vanguard. For 17 years, the core of Carbon Leaf has remained intact (they’ve gone through bassists with Spinal Tap-ish regularity); that consistency, forged on the road through relentless touring, has paid off in the studio. Their just-released album, Nothing Rhymes With Woman, finds the band amplifying its early Celtic foundation, weaving it more inextricably with the Americana and roots-pop melodicism that has defined their recent work, like a Vulcan mind meld of Great Big Sea and Guster. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. at the House of Blues Cambridge Room (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $15. — Brian Baker
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