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Amy LaVere, Bryan Master and Libbie Schrader @ the Hotel Cafe / Of Montreal @ the Avalon, 11/8/07

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Thursday night was a busy one and I probably could've used more of a decompression stop between the Hotel Cafe and the Avalon to give my brain ample time to switch genres, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It all began at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Cafe with Amy LaVere. I immediately knew I liked her when she took the stage with an upright bass that had a Bass (fish) sticker in the middle of it. It was cheeky, and I suppose that’s one way you can refer to LaVere. She took the stage wearing a trench coat and high heels, and throughout the set alternated between the upright bass and an electric one.

Some of my favorite new artists leave me befuddled when I try to think up a point of reference to describe their sound. The things that popped into my head while listening to LaVere were along the lines of “Madeleine Peyroux mixed with some Lily Allen?” Or “Jenny Lewis meets Jesca Hoop?”

LaVere’s music deftly navigated genres, though not in a jarring sense. And her song introductions were quite amusing. At one point she explained that she was inspired to pen a tune after hearing a woman on the news (who was being led away in handcuffs) utter the words “Killing him didn’t make the love go away!”