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HEAR HERE: Cate Le Bon, tonight at Royale

Posted by Michael Brodeur  November 4, 2011 12:09 AM

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Cate Le Bon, tonight at Royale with St. Vincent. Photo: Force Field PR

If you're one of the lucky ticket-holders heading out to see Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) tonight at Royale, consider grabbing that parking spot a little early.

We're going to guess that Edrych yn Llygaid Ceffyl Benthyg wasn't on your shortlst of favorite records from 2008, but the EP was a stunning little introduction to Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon. Since then, she's collaborated with the likes of Gruff Rhys, Boom Bip, and Megan Childs of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. Despite her biggish peeps, she keeps to a smallish sound -- one that reminds us that intimacy is never that far from discomfort.

Fans of Camera Obscura and/or certain formulas of Robitussin will delight in the slack autumnal pop of "Puts Me To Work," an early charmer off of CYRK, her sophomore effort, due January 17, 2012.

Cate Le Bon "Puts Me To Work" by Controlgroupco

Cate Le Bon plays a sold-out show at Royale tonight with St. Vincent.

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