PJ Harvey & John Parish, Pop Parker | Riviera Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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PJ Harvey & John Parish, Pop Parker 

When: Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $35
Many reviewers have taken it upon themselves to remind us that A Woman a Man Walked By (Island), PJ Harvey’s latest collaboration with John Parish, shouldn’t be taken as simply a PJ Harvey record with a different person playing the instruments—and she herself has been careful to defer to Parish. But she’s still furiously PJ, and she’s never been the type of performer who can wait in the wings; by her nature she dominates the stage, commanding our full attention. That said, she does follow the mutable shapes of Parish’s licks and song structures; her voice shrinks and expands to fit his strange turns, all the while retaining its singular personality. On the title track, she squeals “Stick it up your fuckin’ ass” in a witchy, fluttery falsetto that turns into a growl thick with mocking relish—this is certainly the PJ we have come to know and love these past 20 years. —Jessica Hopper
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