When: Fri., June 21, 9:30 p.m. 2013
I became a huge fan of Josephine Foster when I heard her almost a decade ago in the Children’s Hour, and I’ve followed her nomadic career ever since—she’s tackled mountain ballads with bassist Jason Ajemian, strapped on heavy psych-rock with the Supposed, and set the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca to flamenco-flavored music. But she really hit her stride on last year’s Blood Rushing (Fire), an almost breezy dose of folk-rock where sparse accompaniment from her guitar-playing husband, Victor Herrero, and A Hawk and a Hacksaw violinist Heather Trost throws her melodic sensibilities into sharp relief. Foster’s voice carves out its own space—spindly, pure, piercing, always in control—and her fluid phrasing settles wonderfully into the several songs that adopt a strummy post-Velvet Underground vibe, slipping into the cracks and getting caught on downbeats. A refreshing groove carries the melody on the peaceful and contemplative “Child of God,” and the gorgeous title track sounds like an expression of inexhaustible excitement at the world around her—you can feel her sense of wonder when she sings, “I begin to begin again.” The album isn’t all fuzzy feelings, though: on the stomping “Geyser,” Foster launches a wailing incantation into Herrero’s furious barrage of psychedelic noise. For tonight’s performance she’s joined by Herrero—they live together in Cadiz, Spain—and percussionist Michael Zerang. —Peter Margasak Daniel Knox headlines.