Joanna Newsom coming to the Ritz Ybor
We were shocked when we found out British dance act La Roux was coming to Ybor City. We rejoiced when we heard Vampire Weekend was coming to Jannus Live. But neither of those announcements floored us like this one.
Newsom, for the unfamiliar, is the impossibly quirky, freak-folky 2010 version of Bjork or Tori Amos, a feathery, feminine faerie with a love-it-or-hate-it, achingly childlike voice and a penchant for unconventional classical pop.
Also, she dated Andy Samberg, because why not.
She's immensely talented and 100 percent unique, but let's just say she's unlikely to have a top 40 radio hit anytime soon. (In other words, don't expect to hear her reading promos on Play 98.7.) But you should give songs like Sadie and Peach Plum Pear a listen, because you're unlikely to hear another song like them anytime in the forseeable future.
Score another win for Tampa Bay hipsters this fall!
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Annabel Mehran.