Chris Pureka, Emy Reynolds

When: Wed., June 26, 9 p.m. 2013

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Like the other singer/songwriters to whom she's typically compared—Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Neil Young—Chris Pureka's art thrives in emotionally desolate environments. Who can say why one person's interpretation of heartbreak and loneliness speaks so clearly to you while another's leaves you cold, or worse, bored? Thankfully, Pureka, who's recently relocated to Portland, is never boring. Actually, her sound has gotten bigger and more adventurous over the years, though the theme of fractured relationships has remained. Pureka's new EP, Chimera II, is just out, the follow-up to the first Chimera, which came out four years ago. Her impressive finger-picking is timeless, and evocative, and also lends itself particularly to space. Identifying as genderqueer would be tough in many aspects of life in 21st-century America. But in the realm of lost love, her viewpoint provides a lot of possibilities for interpreting loneliness from a more universal perspective. This shit happens to everyone. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $12-15

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