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Blair CD-Release Party


Loyola grad and Metairie native Blair, 23, brings a talent for crafting her songs -- a delicate cross between alt-country and folk-tinged indie-pop -- to her first, self-titled EP that seems almost beyond her years. The young singer's far from untried, though. In recent years, she's opened for simpatico acts like Bright Eyes and Cat Power. The four tracks on the self-released Blair teeter between ethereal and earthy, in the vein of the sparsely psychedelic, dreamy folk-pop that's gently been seeping into the indie-rock scene. Her sound is not as weird as Sufjan Stevens, not as haunted and intricate as Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, but has some of the best of both. Produced with a light touch by World Leader Pretend's Keith Ferguson (who also plays second guitar, keys and percussion on the EP), Blair finds a sweet spot between the crunchy country and the electronic clouds that makes it sound simple and fresh. There's a clearly evident trajectory back to apparent influences like Laura Nyro. The wistful track "Half Moon," about the Lower Garden District watering hole, evokes Joni Mitchell's fondness for her Mermaid CafŽ. Dwight Breeland's understated steel wraps her Lucinda Williams vocal tricks perfectly on "Blues Song." Blair's band lineup also shows good taste in local sidemen. Besides Ferguson, it includes his bandmate Arthur Mintz, Hot Club of New Orleans bassist Peter Harris and Big Blue Marble keyboardist Adam Campagna and guitar. Jean Micheal opens. Tickets $5. -- Alison Fensterstock

9 p.m. Fri., March 23

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;


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