MISS TESSWhen most people think of defiant music, they think of punk rock or outlaw country. But defying genres while transcending eras and resisting clichés is hard to pin down when it comes to artistry—unless you’re talking about Miss Tess, who does all of that and more on her new release, The Moon Is an Ashtray (released Feb 7). Swinging for the fences and from the branches of jazz, country, blues and old school rock and roll, she has employed all of her influences and talents on a tour-de-force, while cleverly taking standard perspectives and ideas, like the definition of a love song, to task.LIV GREENELiv Greene is a Boston-based singer/songwriter, highly inspired by Americana artists like Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin. Her music delivers vivid, poignant, lyrics by way of honeyed vocals and tasteful guitar and banjo accompaniment. Liv currently attends New England Conservatory, where she studies Contemporary Improvisation, and regularly plays shows around Boston. Greene is an award winning songwriter- this year alone, she was selected for the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar, she won the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, and was the first alternate in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Contest.