Perfect Pussy, Fielded All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. 2015

Few vocalists have wrested tears from my eyes during a live performance quite like Lindsay Powell, who creates luminous and minimal outre-pop tracks as Fielded. A onetime Chicagoan who played in beloved defunct prog unit Ga’an, Powell sings with blustery, full-bodied might that’s equal parts ferocious and tender, and some of her most affecting material eliminates nearly any sound that might get in the way of her voice. On her August EP Boy Angel (Universally Handsome) she flexes her strength as a producer, enriching her haunting synth textures with complex percussive layers that sound distantly related to both lively R&B cuts and Dan Deacon’s lush, nervy compositions. Powell has adjusted and broadened her singing to match the mood, inching closer to Top 40 pop, but she skews the narratives about breakups and heartbreak, sounding otherworldly even as it’s easier to imagine more people listening to these tracks. On a cut like “City of the Dazed” she still delivers emotional gut punches that feel unexpected no matter how frequently you listen.

Leor Galil

Price: $14, $12 in advance

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