Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Mynabirds @ Beachland Tonight

Laura Burhenn may be best known for her stint in the short-lived jangle-pop duo, Georgie James, but she has been putting out solo albums since ’99. Her latest effort, under the Mynabirds moniker, is a far cry from Georgie James’ uptempo blasts of energy. Where much of her older material centered around punk sensibilities and political messages, the new material focuses on more personal messages about rebuilding and recovery. It’s based more on changes of perception than it is altering ideals. Gospel and soul seep through the slow-churning songs as Burhenn’s smoky vocals curl around rich pedal steel and the warm echoes of an organ. She moved from DC to Omaha, Nebraska, at the end of 2008 after Georgie James split, and has been working with local musicians to achieve a fuller sound. AJ Mogis and Richard Swift produced her the Mynabirds debut, What We Lose In the Fire We Gain in the Flood, and Bright Eyes’ Nate Walcott arranged the horns. At times, the Mynabirds sounds like Cat Power or Burhenn’s Motown influences. When she plays the tonight, Cowboy and Indian open with a CD release celebration. Check it out at 8:30 pm at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $10.

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