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Sunday, February 14, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Girlyman

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 8:07 AM

When Arnold Schwarzenegger says “girly-man,” it’s an insult. But when three women and a guy based out of Atlanta say it, it’s folk-pop with glorious three-part harmonies. Indigo Girl Amy Ray re-released Girlyman’s DIY debut album, Remember Who I Am, on her Daemon label in 2004 after they had already sold 5,000 copies on their own the year before. Girlyman coalesced in 2001 when three friends sharing an apartment in Brooklyn became a musical collaboration. Over the next two years, the original trio — singer-guitarists Ty Greenstein and Doris Muramatsu, and singer-bassist Nate Borofsky — honed its already estimable skills on the New York folk scene, opening for Dar Williams and the Indigo Girls, and acquiring a loyal following that calls itself “Girlyfans.” Proof of their loyalty came with Girlyman’s fourth studio album, last year’s Everything’s Easy, which was recorded with a $10,000 microphone purchased with fan donations. Girlyman recently introduced a new addition, drummer JJ Jones. They also debuted a new Margaret Cho-directed video for “Young James Dean” from their sophomore album, 2005’s Little Star. The rest of 2010 will be occupied with touring like the devil, singing like angels and making new Girlyfans every day. They play the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com). Lucy Wainwright Roche opens at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. — Baker

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