MONDAY

With her hair done by Kravitz and her heart fueled by Springsteen, dreadlocked roots-rocker Mary Cutrufello, an African-American Yale graduate with a penchant for rockabilly, Budweiser, and Telecaster guitars, is beyond exotic in both appearance and biography. But after listening to her debut album, When the Night Is Through, a hard-driving roadtrip through a lovesick Heartland, you realize that she’s simply the ballsy little sister of dusty siblings Mellencamp, Young, and Petty. Backed by such venerable session men as drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Benmont Tench, Cutrufello, who drives herself to gigs in a beat-up green van, cranks through foot-stompin’ cuts like “Sunny Day” and “She Can’t Let Go” with the ferocity of a late-’70s Seger. The 29-year-old’s whiskey-burned vocals and quick-draw chops transcend standard classic-rock arrangements and make the music sound as fresh as tomorrow. The Boss would be proud. Watch and learn when this thoroughly unique Connecticut native lets it bleed at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 522-8340. (Sean Daly)