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Thao and Mirah with the Most of All


It was the one-off that wasn't. Thao Nguyen (pictured) and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn's blind date at San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival in February began as a gift addressed only to the sold-out crowd that night at Swedish American Hall. Chemistry intervened, and by summertime the Bay Area singer/songwriters had assembled a backing band (the Most of All) and booked a monthlong national tour. There's more than a passing resemblance between the pair: both gifted string-pickers and girlish singers, as crushable as they are crushing, whose seemingly innocuous folk/pop incantations come rigged with emotional explosives. The hybridized set consists of select duets and swapped covers culled from each other's catalogs, as well as the debut of unreleased tracks like Nguyen's "How Dare You," on which dovetailing guitar arpeggios and heartrending, harmonized calls and responses give off all the flickering familial warmth of a sisterly campfire sing-along. Lexington, Ky./Washington, D.C. country rockers These United States and Silent Cinema open. Tickets $10. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

June 15

Thao and Mirah with the Most of All

10 p.m. Tuesday

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

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