Amy LaVere Tonight at FooBar

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Oh yes, she's been known to make lesbians out of otherwise straight women, and she can play the bass just like ringing your bell. Amy LaVere visits Nashville tonight, and here's Edd Hurt from this week's Critics' Picks to tell you about it:

An oddball torch singer influenced by soul, blues and country, Amy LaVere has made a couple of interesting records that sound thin in comparison to her live performances. Still, the strange, slightly abstract Americana of 2006’s The World Is Not My Home suggested a fusion of Memphis grit and Nashville formalism, while the next year’s Anchors & Anvils revealed a sly, Victorian sensibility lurking within the broken-relationship songs. A Louisiana native who grew up playing punk in Detroit, LaVere briefly lived in Nashville before moving on to the more congenial Memphis scene. Onstage, LaVere rocks out behind her stand-up bass, and her band — drummer Paul Taylor and guitarist Steve Selvidge — demonstrates their mastery of soul and rock ‘n’ roll. LaVere has acted in a couple of projects by Memphis director Craig Brewer and is reportedly working on a new full-length.

8 p.m. at fooBar.

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