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Joan as Police Woman 

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If you were a fan of Boston-pop/grunge-splosion major-label casualties the Dambuilders, Joan Wasser's solo work may surprise you. Or make you wonder why they didn't let her sing more: not that her violin wasn't as mighty and rocking as a bow on catgut can be, but Wasser's real weapon is her voice. Her 2006 debut under the name Joan as Police Woman, Real Life (Reveal), is searing and deeply melancholic--even when Wasser's singing about the joy and promise of true love, she sounds spent from a life traveling rough roads. The songs are mature and a little torchy--surprisingly soulful for someone who's spent more than a decade in the punk scene. Judson Claiborne opens. a 9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $10.-- Jessica Hopper

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