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Jenny Lewis, Serengeti

  • Sylvee 25 South Livingston Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The singer-songwriter plays behind her fourth solo album. Info/tix

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Jenny Lewis' solo career kicked off in earnest with the 2006 album Rabbit Fur Coat, and long before her band Rilo Kiley officially broke up, Lewis' transition to a caustic-witted, wreckage-surveying, country-and-R&B artist was complete and convincing. The 2008 album Acid Tongue holds up, not because of the soft-rock singer-songwriter nostalgia that was fashionable around that time, but because Lewis knows how to work the subtle niceties of melodic phrasing and how to braid the tender with the cruel in her lyrics, especially on "Carpetbagger" and the title track. What really won me over around then was Lewis' 2009 show at the Barrymore. Her vocals came through with just the right balance of longing and bite, and Lewis has a great band that had clearly worked to flesh out the songs' live arrangements. (Someone also kept loudly bellowing "HELL YEAH MUMMA JENNY" between songs, which was weird but only sticks in my memory because the show as a whole was so good.) By the time she plays this show, her fourth solo album, On The Line, will be out. The three singles so far, especially the swingingly world-weary "Wasted Youth," show a lot of promise for a night of fresh material. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: March 23
Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble
Later Event: March 28
Funny Ha Ha (free)