Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Lelia Broussard — Masquerade

Will soon be breezing through the indie scene with perkiness and wonder

Stephen Carradini March 31st, 2011

Sometimes it’s hard to pin down what’s so great about an album.


Lelia Broussard’s “Masquerade” is an unassuming, bouncy, acoustic-based female singer/songwriter record that I unabashedly love — even though there’s absolutely nothing unique about it.

It’s an inversion of Adele’s “21”: While Adele is working hard to take the world by storm with her gravitas and emotive power, Broussard will soon be breezing through the indie scene with perkiness and wonder.

What’s tough to determine is why “Masquerade” works so much better than other offerings in this genre. There’s no standout element that punches her sound through the mediocre barrier to awesome; the songs as entire pieces are just incredible. The whole is much more than the sum of its parts. The closest comparison is Ingrid Michaelson (the two are similar vocally and instrumentally), but Michaelson has more of a eye toward the epic than than Broussard (see the glorious “You and I” for proof).

Nope, Broussard doesn’t even have an obligatory epic number here. There’s no “obviously playing to the crowd” acoustic guitar solo track, either. This is a straight-up collection of excellent tunes with trends ignored, thank you very much. “Heart Collectors” is a haunting song, showcasing her arrangement skills; the title track is a bouncy tune that is cute in the same way She and Him is cute, but without the vintage aspects. “Satellite” has clapping involved, so you know it’s good. “Shoot for the Moon” is just solid all around, featuring some great keyboard contributions.

The only clunker on the whole disc is the bitter closer, “Hipster Bitch.” It doesn’t fit her vibe, lyrically or musically, as it’s downright angry. But since it’s last, I just stop listening at track nine.

If you like Michaelson, old-school Regina Spektor or indie singer/songwriters of that ilk, “Masquerade” will steal your heart away. Be prepared for that.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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