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Virgins, Lissy Trullie, Anya Marina 

When: Thu., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $12, $10 in advance
I’m no fan of Anya Marina’s pixielike voice—it sounds a little like Macy Gray just took a big drag off a birthday balloon. But on her second full-length, the new Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II (Chop Shop/Atlantic), it benefits from the dynamic arrangements of Louis XIV guitarist Brian Karscig, who produced all but two tracks. Though he adds touches of glammy sheen and radio-pop compression, he undercuts them by including loads of sonic space—instruments drop out, for instance, or the groove stops in its tracks. The other two songs, “Move You (SSSPII)” and “Drop Dead Blues,” were produced by Britt Daniel of Spoon, and they’re even better—their sound is almost spartan, and fierce guitar strumming rather than big beats propels the latter. Marina wrote or cowrote every song—save an unnecessary cover of Jobim’s “Waters of March”—but I’ll have to see more from her before I’m sure how much credit she deserves for her leap out of wan coffeehouse folk-pop. The Virgins headline, Lissy Trullie plays second, and Marina opens. —Peter Margasak

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