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Trixie Whitley, Dumpster Hunter 

When: Sat., Dec. 8, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
Trixie Whitley has a set of pipes so astounding that this is reason enough to see her live. But it's by no means the only one. Whitley is Belgian, but her American music pedigree runs deep—she's the daughter of the late blues musician Chris Whitley. At just 25, she has made a name among music nerds as a DJ, multi-instrumentalist, and the sometime collaborator of Daniel Lanois. Her debut LP, Fourth Corner, is coming out in January, but last year's Live at Rockwood Music Hall showcases her prodigious talents just fine. To me, it's the contemporary R&B vocals set against a backdrop of moody rock 'n' roll—two familiar sounds not often heard together. An amazing range surrounds both sides of her sexy contralto. Singers capable of impressive vocal runs typically eschew restraint, but Whitley isn't a showoff, and bluesy pain underlies every instance of vocal gymnastics. REBECCA WILSON

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