Emily Wells, 1939 Ensemble

When: Thu., June 20, 9 p.m. 2013

Emily Wells' 2012 LP Mama was a meeting of folk, hiphop, and classical—a vessel for all sorts of unique instrumental divergences. The spectrum-spanning Wells has expanded on those experimental urges by stripping away the not-insubstantial production from Mama on her new Mama Acoustic Recordings. The title gets straight to the point, but it's worth mentioning that the virtuosic Wells lays herself bare within the frail shells of her sprawling melodies to the degree of uneasiness. Songs like "Los Angeles" flitter about like haunted fairy tales, supplemented by little more than a creaky acoustic guitar and a breathy Wells whispering words into a cavernous room. How well that translates or how much of the acoustic renditions she'll play tonight is unknown. What you can count on is Wells' ability to command the atmosphere either way. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $12-14

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