MIRAH with NO KIDS, JULIE DOIRON, and MT. EERIE at the Crofoot Ballroom

THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2008
doors at 7PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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The Pacific Northwest's MIRAH (full name Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) has been a well-kept regional secret for a number of years. That's begun to change though, thanks to two excellent albums on Olympia's K Records. Her songs contain a dazzlingly wide range of sounds and emotions, wrapped into one very coherent, compelling, and seductive aesthetic vision. Sometimes it's just her cool, often childlike voice and nothing more than an understated guitar or even just muted snare drum; other times her ray-of-moonlight vocals are complemented by a number of instruments (most of which she plays), including distorted bass, antique organs, ukelele, violins, and junky percussion. There's a kind of deceptive simplicity to both the music and the lyrical content that upon closer listening yields to reveal a provocative and sensual complexity. Mirah displays her vocal prowess as well, playing off the dynamic arrangements with grace, wit, and charisma. A tremendous talent. With NO KIDS: Comprised of three-quarters of the revered pop band P:ano, No Kids are multi-instrumentalists Julia Chirka, Justin Kellam, and singer/songwriter Nick Krgovich. Their music achieves an unexpected cohesiveness despite the wide range of musical styles covered in its forty-one minutes. Golden era Hollywood musicals, Jam & Lewis-inspired production techniques, the icy displacement of contemporary R'n'B, and the breadth of Arthur Russell's, disco, pop, and avant garde compositional work are referenced and married together by novelistic narrative strains, a lush instrumental palette, and a cinematic atmosphere. JUST ADDED: A tremendous talent, JULIE DOIRON: For songwriters, there is a fine line between being unabashed and being unguarded. The first state intimates an awareness, that one knows how they are being perceived and consciously decides to ignore, for better or for worse, any external criticism. The other more favorable state suggests that the songwriter is not conscious (or barely conscious) of how people out there take their work, i.e. the songwriter as inert artist, creating for the sake of creating, not for the sake of expressing themselves to others or garnering attention. Though it is indeed a fine distinction, Julie Doiron (formerly of Eric's Trip) is clearly in the latter camp. And even though she is described frequently in the press as an "indie-diva" or "chanteuse" of the highest power, Julie Doiron fits these well-intentioned approbations only in that she is a woman singer comfortable in her own skin. Under-reported are her signature guitar-stylings and her singular mastery of conveying mood and sentiment in song. MT. EERIE (Phil Elverum of Microphones) opens. SHOW AT 7:30 sharp - don't be late!

 

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