BAT FOR LASHES | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Given her omnipresent headband and penchant for song titles like "The Wizard" and "Seal Jubilee," it'd be easy to mistake British singer-songwriter Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, for a vat-grown female counterpart to Devendra Banhart. But last year's Fur and Gold, which gets its stateside release on Caroline this month, is actually good. The album blends expansive, expressive soundscapes a la Kate Bush with the naked intimacy of old Cat Power or even vintage Tori Amos, from before she nicked Liz Phair's sex-mom style. Khan makes detours outside that comfort zone too: the grinding, minimal funk of "Trophy" is almost Nick Cave creepy, while "What's a Girl to Do?" alternates between tense, paranoid IDM and what sounds like a ghostly 60s girl-group anthem. And anyone who's already snagged an import copy is advised to hit iTunes for the bonus track from the U.S. version: my new favorite cover of Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." Gaberdine opens. a 10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $12, $10 in advance. --Miles Raymer

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