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Esperanza Spalding

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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding 

When: Wed., April 20, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $40-$108



Esperanza Spalding may be forever blessed and cursed to be the musician who, in 2011, bested the likes of Justin Bieber and Drake to become the first jazz artist in history to win the Grammy's best new artist honor. Since that victory, Spalding has not rested on the trophy or the laurels that surrounded her earliest records. In fact, this year's Emily's D+Evolution may be one the decade's most challenging and captivating records from any artist. Beneath the bulbous pop of her electric bass tone, Spalding races through a radical future-pop framework that brings to mind Joni Mitchell and The Dirty Projectors, Erykah Badu and Mike Patton. These songs are defiant and delightful, with Spalding hanging out wonderful hooks only to warp them in equally wondrous ways. Spalding bested stars who have continued to rise in 2011; on Emily's D+Evolution, she outfoxes them all. —Grayson Haver Currin

CAROLINA THEATRE, DURHAM 8 p.m., $40–$108,

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