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Kimya Dawson at Tralf—Tomorrow, April 10

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Kimya Dawson

If you’re not familiar with Kimya Dawson’s organic, lyric-driven ditties, it’s probably because you haven’t yet seen the movie Juno. The Oscar-nominated film’s soundtrack, which briefly rose to No. 1 in the country, features six of her tunes, as well as one from her old band, the Moldy Peaches. That exposure vaulted Dawson from relative obscurity into the national music spotlight, and now she’s on tour playing to bigger audiences than ever before. But that hasn’t changed her style. It’s still Kimya and her guitar, strumming simple, open chords behind lovely, intimate lyrics about life, love and, on occasion, politics. Dawson is a ball of postive energy, trying her hardest to spread laughter and self-confidence wherever she plays (she even has knuckle tattoos that read “LAFF LOUD”). Since she left the Moldy Peaches and New York’s “anti-folk” scene, she’s moved to Olympia, Wash., produced five solo albums and had a child—Panda Delilah. Her recording pace has slowed down as a mother, but she’s still full of funk and quirk and love for everyone in this crazy, mixed-up world. Dawson comes to the Tralf next Thursday with husband Angelo Spencer and French jungle/surf/rock band L’Orchidée D’Hawaï.
—peter koch

7pm doors. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main Street (852-2860/ $12/$14