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Some Dancing Skeleton

CARRIE WAITE   |   Special to the Times

CARRIE WAITE | Special to the Times

Ms. Skeleton: Marlee Flanagan, 22.

Where she rests her bones: Flanagan's home is a boat on the Manatee River in Bradenton. "It's nice to wake up on the water," she says. "It rocks you to sleep. . . . Good reverb in the cabin."

CD: Self-titled, recorded last year at Loveland Studios in Tucson, Ariz., where Neko Case, Bob Log III and Dr. Dog have laid down tracks. Flanagan later added Wurlitzer organ and vibraphones.

Day jobs: Selling instruments and equipment at Sam Ash in Sarasota, teaching children how to sail for the Manatee River Pram Fleet.

you might have seen her AT: Emerald Bar or Rasher Tierney's.

Merry old soul: Though born in 1985, Flanagan traces her musical spirit back to Van Morrison, Velvet Underground andHank Williams. The self-professed guitar nut and gear geek uses vintage instruments and amplifiers. Her CD has no digital embellishments. "It was a really good learning experience," she says. "It was all analog. I love tape. I just find something really romantic about it."

Current listens: Cat Power, Wilco, White Stripes, Radiohead.

Her style: Flanagan has a sweet charm that skips a little to the dark side. Her vocals are emotionally honest with a soft lilt and quiver. "I'm pretty eclectic," she says. "I have trouble fitting in. I always considered myself more of a guitar player than a solo performer. I just haven't found the right band to play with yet."

Grass roots marketing: "I leave my music in random places, in trees and parks," she says. "It's funny. Sometimes people e-mail me and say they found one of my CDs."

Dream headliner: "It would be cool to open up for My Morning Jacket; that's my favorite band, probably."

Hear her: 8 tonight at the Night of the Weirds at the Uptown Bar, 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. Also performing: Black Beast of Arrrghhh, thee

Hiedle-crumbs, Insecticide Lobotomy, Then and Than, Limplungs, Amanda Green, Luciano Guidini and the Uh. Or catch her at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Dave's Aqua Lounge, 10820 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. Crash Mitchell Five and Gleaming Amoebas also will perform.

Some Dancing Skeleton 05/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:00pm]
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