British indie folkie Laura Marling was still a teenager when she broke through in the late 2000s, and her undeniable talent was undeniably still growing on her already exciting Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Alas I Cannot Swim. She’d matured on her even better sophomore LP, 2010’s I Speak Because I Can, and since then, Marling has come into her own, rejuvenating a genre that can seem stagnant. Marling’s fifth album, 2015’s Short Movie, was the first she wrote on electric guitar, resulting in reverberating, desert-evoking haziness and borderline-raucous moments like “Don’t Let Me Bring You Down.” She followed it up with this year’s Semper Femina, its name (“always a woman”) from Virgil’s Aeneid, its central theme relationships between women. Co-produced by Blake Mills (John Legend, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes), it’s a tender balance of hushed, Nick Drake-style intimacy and folk-rock expansiveness. With Valley Queen.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Laura Marling at First Avenue
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8:00pm | $25.00 | 18+ |First Avenue | Mainroom
Presented by: First Avenue, The Cedar, 89.3 The Current and City Pages
Laura Marling: There is a line from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid that nearly a decade ago Laura Marling decided to have tattooed on her leg: “Varium et mutabile semper femina” it runs, translating roughly as “A woman is an ever fickle and changeable thing.” Realizing that the line was a little long for the limb, at the very last moment she opted instead for an abbreviation: “Semper femina” she chose: “Always a woman.”
Valley Queen: Valley Queen front woman Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning jacket with lead vocals evocative of Florence Welch. Their sound brings to mind the soul of Motown and the power of southern rock.
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