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Damien Jurado and Tiburon: Damien Jurado 

When: Fri., May 24, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $13-15
Beloved for his stark minimalism, found sounds, and subdued emotionality, it was surprising to say the least when Damien Jurado's ninth album, Saint Bartlett, took a decided turn toward the lush. This was the result of a brilliant collaboration with producer/Shins member/force of nature Richard Swift. Jurado's 10th album, Maraqopa, out last year, followed suit. The Jurado-Swift partnership is one of glimmering and moving atmospherics, less subdued and more risk-taking than the lion's share of Jurado's catalog. Maraqopa ranges easily among quiet folk, psychedelic doo-wop, and Neil Young-style acoustic anthems, but Jurado's strong sense of place and the warmth of his voice unifies the album. Like Jurado, Luz Elena Mendoza is drawn to religious imagery and geographical ties. As Y La Bamba's frontwoman, Mendoza explores intersections of cultures and languages through her thrilling voice; tonight she'll do so as half of Tiburon, her very promising collab with Death Songs' Nick Delffs. REBECCA WILSON

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