Proving Dorothy Parker's adage wrong, bespectacled singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has earned her fair share of attention. January's July Flame texturizes Veirs's traditional bucolic hurt, shorn from pedal steel guitar and the backing vocals of My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Sure, equating the promise of summer with requited love is nothing new, but it's a first from a musician from Portland. Let tonight's intimate performance at the Mercury Lounge show you that it's tough to be tender. With the Old Believers and Led To Sea.
Mon., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010