Laura Weinbach is tiny. Shes not tall and not wide, and her voice is very high. Shes pretty, and she wears sweet little dresses. In short, she doesnt look like a rock star. We suspect people of sometimes failing to take her seriously at first. Because as soon as Laura Weinbach starts to play, everyone within earshot immediately revises their previous opinions of her, from tiny cutie to big roaring genius. Tonight Weinbachs band, Foxtails Brigade, celebrates its first record on Antenna Farm, The Bread and the Bait, full of her complicated compositions that fuse Joanna Newsoms fairytale-soundtrack style, Nellie McKays perfect diction, and Emily Jane Whites quiet-literary-opera power. Shes accompanied by Anton Patzner (of Bright Eyes and Judgement Day) and his Parisian-jazz violin; he also provides harmony vocals, and thats no small feat. Tonights party includes comedy by Weinbachs brother, Brent, and Moshe Kasher, music by Rachel Fannan, and a fashion show featuring the work of Nicole Eymard, Verriers & Sako, and Zoe Hong.
Sun., April 17, 8 p.m., 2011