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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Mynabirds

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Laura Burhenn, taking flight
  • Laura Burhenn, taking flight

Laura Burhenn may be best known for her stint in the short-lived jangle-pop duo Georgie James, but she’s been releasing solo albums since 1999. Her latest, under the Mynabirds moniker, is a far cry from Georgie James’ up-tempo energy blasts. While much of her older material centered on punk sensibilities and political messages, Burhenn’s new songs include more personal messages about rebuilding and recovery. Gospel and soul seep through the slow-churning songs, as Burhenn’s smoky vocals curl around rich pedal steel and an organ’s warm echo. The singer moved from Washington D.C. to Omaha after Georgie James split in 2008 and worked with local musicians on her Mynabirds debut, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, including Bright Eyes’ Nate Walcott, who arranged the horns. She plays the Beachland Tavern, with Cowboy and Indian opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. —Danielle Sills

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