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Wednesday, Feb 17 2010
Two Swedish singer-songwriters towing evocative band names, Victoria Bergsman and Sarah Assbring, are Taken by Trees and El Perro del Mar, respectively. Best known as the former singer of the Concretes and the female voice on Peter Björn and John’s global hit “Young Folks,” Bergsman has released two albums on her own. She recorded last September’s East of Eden with musicians in Pakistan, lending her wistful singing a more universal setting. There’s a dewy rendition of Animal Collective’s ubiquitous “My Girls” and another song featuring that band’s Noah Lennox on backing vocals. (She has also covered Guns 'N Roses' “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on piano.) As for Assbring, she has issued four albums in the past five years. Released just weeks after Bergsman’s latest, Love Is Not Pop won acclaim despite having only seven songs (including a Lou Reed cover). With her fragile voice and lovelorn lyrics, Assbring radiates a trembling intimacy even when ensconced in girl-groupy backing. The two touring together won’t quiet the ongoing talk of a “Swedish Invasion” — think Jens Lekman, Shout Out Louds, Lykke Li, et al — but it’s a match made in indie-pop heaven.
Tue., March 2, 9 p.m., 2010

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