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    Imogen Heap, Guy Sigsworth

    Classical synth UK diva.
    Sat., June 1, 8pm
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    Shy Beast (album release), Otis the Destroyer, Dr. Joe

    Following polished electro-pop on two EPs, lush local crew Shy Beast deliver debut long-player Shy ’Til You Die. Shaking up their synth-driven pop-rock, Mariclaire Glaeser’s songwriting ensures bubbly fizz embellished by David Byrne-inspired moves. New lead guitarist Taylor Wilkins opens with his own garage rock subtleties as Otis the Destroyer. Dr. Joe’s jam gospel begins.
    Sat., June 1, 9pm
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    Mary Gauthier, Jaimee Harris

    Mary Gauthier began her songwriting career relatively late. At 35, after having been a successful restaurateur and gotten sober, she imbued her 1997 debut Dixie Kitchen with a deep sense of empathy and understanding, its characters driven to the edge of desperation in a quest for emotional redemption. “I write when I don’t know what else to do,” offers the New Orleans native. “Empathy, I think, is the result. What happens when there is that gut level of honesty fueled by desperation is that people see themselves in a song and feel seen and heard and known, and the end result is they feel less alone and so does the songwriter. The point is to connect, and when you connect that’s where empathy happens and we see each other in a way that creates resonance.” That philosophy is foundational to last year’s Rifles & Rosary Beads, her collection of co-writes with military veterans over the past five years through Darden Smith’s locally-founded SongwritingWith:Soldiers program. Although the album earned global accolades including a Grammy nomination, its effects resonate far beyond the songs. “People who are struggling with trauma, as so many of our veterans are and as I have in my life, there’s this understanding on a primal level that if I try to write through it I could be okay,” she acknowledges. “That redemptive quality that songs and art in general makes room for is something that SongwritingWith:Soldiers has verified for me – songs and music as a lifesaver. “It’s a paradox: Why do sad songs make us happy?” she continues. “There’s something about allowing yourself to be seen in that incredibly vulnerable way that brings joy. I think the joy comes from connection, in seeing ourselves in each other. Sometimes it ain’t pretty, but dammit, we’re doing the best we can here.”
    Sat., June 1, 8:30pm
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    Dirtybird BBQ w/ Claude Vonstroke, Shiba San, Walker & Royce, Christian Martin, Ardalan, Steve Darko b2b VNSSA

    Following last month’s Desert Hearts carnival of Black Rock dust, house, and techno come fellow Californians Dirtybird Records with the bounciest bass lines and most ghettotech of tech house. Founder Claude VonStroke fronts roster all-stars at the second local edition. Former hip-hop jockey, France’s Shiba San spins Chicago house with full moon desert party child Christian Martin.
    Sat., June 1, noon
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    Lee Fields & the Expressions [outside]

    Like Charles Bradley, Lee Fields emerged from James Brown’s big bang. Now marking a half-century since his first single, 1969’s “Bewildered” b/w “Tell Her I Love Her,” the North Carolina R&B dynamo, 69 this year, crowns a millennial comeback with fifth Expressions LP It Rains Love. Daptone soul atop Stax horns, it aligns with Fields contributing vocals to 2014 Brown biopic Get on Up.
    Sat., June 1, 8pm
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