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Bachelorette, Pikelet, Doug Paisley 

When: Sat., June 20, 9 p.m. 2009
Ethereal, feminine folk and thumping electronic dance music might not seem like they’d pair particularly well, but singer-songwriters have been splicing the two together since at least the mid-80s. Of course, when you attempt any hybrid there’s a good chance you’ll end up expressing only the worst aspects of the two styles you’re playing with—MySpace is just as full of unlistenable electro-folk as it is unlistenable rap-rock—but every once in a while someone nails it. New Zealander Annabel Alpers, aka Bachelorette, is just such a someone. Her new My Electric Family (Drag City) expands on her excellent 2007 album, Isolation Loops: her breathy, organlike multitracked vocals remain intact, and she’s still fond of the occasional bit of angular dissonance, but the songs are much sharper and more direct. “Mindwarp” is a wah-wah-enhanced art-disco number very nearly as weird as ESG, and “Dream Sequence” is a take on lush Beatlesque psych-pop built atop a foundation of tinny drum machine and cheap-sounding electronic piano. —Miles Raymer

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