Years before Kate Perry, this well-respected songsmith had her own tune about smooching her own gender and liking it, though she didn't get as big a hit from it. What's impressive about her recent comeback is that she was hoisted by her own fans, asked for funding from them, and actually making enough to pull in uber-producer Don Was. The pay-off is that her sweet, child-like manner is winning, even if it can't match fellow folkie Kimya D. With Matthew Barber.
Wed., May 13, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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