101, Keren Ann’s new record, won’t be released domestically until spring, but the NY-via-Paris-via-Tel Aviv singer/songwriter is doing a round of local shows anyway. That’s just what purveyors of sophisticated new singles such as “My Name Is Trouble” do. She sings its title, and then its killer second line (“My first name’s a mess”), and then the track’s sleek basement lounge keys kick in–sounding a bit like Metric, with less of a chip on her shoulder–and you know she’s only gotten cooler since the last time around. Jeez, some people just know how to work it.
Wed., Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 9, 9:30 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 1, 2010