THROAT OF MANY COLORS
Northern Canadian vocalist Tanya Tagaq is the first star of Inuit throat-singing, a heavily syncopated, highly resonant series of breathing exercises that can produce more than one timbre from the recesses of the body. Tagaq turns the violent and mesmerizing noises into a convulsing, personal display that is equal parts jarring, gorgeous, and sexually charged. Björk is a fan, as is Mike Patton (who signed her to his Ipecac label), as her free-form vocal contortions sputter and hum across all boundaries of folk traditions, indie-rock, hip-hop, and avant-garde. As part of her first American headlining tour, Tagaq will also play the National Museum of the American Indian on Thursday. Tonight's openers Stew and Heidi Rodewald of L.A. psych-poppers the Negro Problem will be playing "The Broadway Problem," a project that mutates Broadway showtunes through their unique lens.
Wed., Aug. 19, 7 p.m., 2009
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