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Stay Under the Stars, the second full-length by Faroe Islands singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen, has received plenty of acclaim in the five months since its worldwide release (including in these pages), but it deserves even more. It's not the kind of record that strikes one over the head on first hearing: the songs are tuneful enough, but their elegant simplicity and naked passion, enriched by understatement, work best lived with over time, grown into, absorbed--and after all that they remain capable of startling. According to a paper in the Faroes, his next album will be sung entirely in Faroese, a Scandinavian language closely related to Old Norse that's spoken today by maybe 50,000 people. Yet the beauty of Teitur's music is such that even that shouldn't be a barrier to a much larger audience. Jenny Owen Youngs and Curtis Evans open. a 8:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $12, 18+.

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