Sept. 22: Emily Wells and Shilpa Ray. On her album The Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties, from 2008, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Wells layered her elfin voice over spectral string arrangements and brushstroked hip-hop percussion. The ten songs were symphonies only in the broadest sense of the term: the album is a highly theatrical labyrinth of rap, gothic folk, classical, and electronica songs. Wells is here celebrating her recent move from L.A. to New York, and will be joined by the local belter and harmonium player Ray, who is her sonic opposite. She channels Screamin Jay Hawkinss agonized delivery as she powers her way through rough-hewn blues and dirty garage rock.
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