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Friday, April 30, 2010

What To Do? Friday's Pick: Baby Dee at Amnesia

Posted By on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM


For fans of warbling vocals and the empyreal thrum of a harp being plucked, tonight is for you. At Amnesia, performance artists and harpist Baby Dee sings her melancholy hymnals from a place that is both eccentric and authentic. Her rustic vocals at times open up to almost operatic levels before shutting down and closing in on themselves into grating snarls. Dramatic ups and downs, her voice may take some getting used to, but her candid lyrics will keep you. Rich in story and imagery, told with resounding beauty, her music is avante garde and vaudeville but without the kitsch. What she sings is pure and true.

A transgender artist, she spent some time in Coney Island working a sideshow before leaving her New York counterparts to return home to Cleveland. She's been linked up with Will Oldham, Antony and the Johnsons, and Tom Waits, and fans of the aforesaid would rejoice in Baby Dee's appearance at Amnesia tonight. (9 p.m., $12)

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