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Feist at Great American Music Hall, 9/17

Canadian Chanteuse with an Indie Twist

Feist's roots can be seen in everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Burt Bacharach, combining immense vocal talent with a knack for understanding the fun in being today's reigning indie princess. Born Leslie Feist and hailing from the Great White North, reared in rock bands and inspired by turntablists, she's a rollicking good-time gal one minute and a pensive chanteuse the next. For fans of Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, and the other Canuck powerhouses, this is a show not to be missed. In case you needed to add another Canadian pop darling with impeccable taste to your list of essential artists, give her a listen at Great American Music hall on September 17th.

Feist's background credentials are impeccable. Her first proper gig was at an outdoor festival, supporting the Ramones. She backed up the indomitable sex kitten Peaches as a Spanish-rapping sock puppet, then started singing and touring with UK hip hop (or is that hipster?) darling Gonzales. She's most noted for being part of the beauty of Canadian dream team Broken Social Scene. You'll recognize her sweet croon from the track "Lover's Spit" on You Forgot it In People. She's also worked with Kings of Convenience and has a duet on Jane Birkin's new album, not to mention a new Broken Social Scene record due out October 4th. Leslie Feist has been -- and continues to be -- one busy girl.

Her solo album Let It Die, popping up recently on KCRW in LA, is a blend of musical styles and lyrical intent, came out to rave reviews and two Juno awards. She looks at love, Joni-like, from both sides, as both the amazing force in life and as the devastating nonsense we all know it can be. With layers of guitar and vibraphone, or pared down to a simple piano, she's got a melodic jazz vibe with a whole lot of lounge thrown in. However pretentious that may sound, once you've given the album a few listens -- in the car, in your bedroom, getting ready to go out for the night, you begin to find the tunes delightfully hummable and the lyrics start to stick in your head.

Though occasionally indulging in a bit of oh-so-preciousness, the album is a solid gem. Droll uptempo pop bubbles over in her first single "Mushaboom" got her the unwanted attention of McDonalds, who hoped to use it in commercials, while a don't-call-me-French world weariness attaches itself to "When I Was A Young Girl". Feist even covers Bee Gees classic "Inside Out" and Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart".

If you come out to Great American Music Hall, you won't be sorry you did -- it'll be an evening of fine entertainment with the modern equivalent of a Parisian lounge singer.

Great American Music Hall
On 9/17
Doors: 8 pm
Show: 9 pm

Tickets
$15 adv/$17 door
General Admission
Dinner Ticket $34.95