Eilen Jewell, The Vespers | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Eilen Jewell, The Vespers 

When: Fri., June 25, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $10

Jewell's deliberate alto blows steady and arid across generally sparse, lonesome arrangements. She's a little like a natural athlete in that her voice moves with such matter-of-fact austerity it seems to expend little effort. Indeed, it rather recalls the downbeat delivery of Trailer Bride-era Melissa Swingle. Though Jewell's first two albums preoccupied themselves with smoky country and swing, the familiar reverb twang of last year's Sea of Tears extends into the more bustling tempos of rockabilly. Jewell's a testament to "less is more," demonstrating sneaky knockout power with her unwillingness to over-sing. With The Vespers. —Chris Parker


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