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San Diego Going to Have a Harp Attack

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San Diego Going to Have a Harp Attack

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Joanna Newsom

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Celebrated indie harpist (yes, you heard that right) Joanna Newsom will play the San Diego Woman's Club July 29, and you can bet I'll be there.

Newsom's plucky style and poetic leanings have garnered her great critical acclaim, earning Ys, her 2006 double album, a coveted 9.4 out of 10 rating on Pitchfork.com. Her most recent record, the sprawling triple album Have One on Me, earned her a 9.2 on the hard-to-please music website, leading many to believe that Newsom can do no critical wrong.

Despite the critical acclaim, Newsom is known as a challenging artist; it's not every day you see an accomplished harp player touring the indie circuit. And like her past albums, this year's Have One on Me is no exception. Even in its excellence, the album is long and multi-layered, leaving many listeners wondering whether they should seek out something more accessible. Yet despite her increasingly complicated work, the live setting will no doubt allow her new songs to breathe and reach their full potential.

Robin Pecknold, lead singer of Seattle's acclaimed Fleet Foxes, will open for Newsom. Fleet Foxes is another band whose shows should never be missed. Pecknold promises to add to the evening's pastoral aesthetic.

Don't miss this one. Tickets are available here.

T. Loper is a writer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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