Public transportation also happens to have provided a bread-and-butter venue for McPherson. Like many musicians of limited means, he's clear-eyed about his experience busking for throngs of MBTA commuters. "It was an audience, y'know?" he says. "It's one thing to get 20 of your friends to go to a show, or tell your whole family to come to a show and blah, blah, blah. But if you want an honest opinion, go play at Park Street station. You'll get a good idea how people feel about what you're doing."

BRYAN MCPHERSON + KIND OF LIKE SPITTING + PAUL RUSSO AND THE WICKED HEARTS | T.T. the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | April 26 @ 9:30 pm | 18+ | $10 | 617.492.2327

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