Tuesday, August 23, 2005
The very odd Scout Niblett is getting a lot of attention these days; her impudent face graces the covers of indie rock magazines, good reviews are popping up, and she's played a bunch of shows in the Bay Area lately. Her recent CD, Kidnapped by Neptune, takes wild chances within her girl-with-a-guitar aesthetic: Online music mag Pitchfork notes that one song finds her asking, "C'mon honey, what are you doing to me?" 28 times. Sharp, pared-down arrangements show off the matter-of-factual delivery of a girlish voice; Niblett's sometimes compared to Chan Marshall or Björk gone nu-folk, but she makes us think someone took sandpaper to Mirah. Tonight, she opens for Shellac at 9 p.m. at the Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $15; call 885-0750 or visit www.gamh.com.

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