Ane Brun 

With Xavier Rudd and Jonah Smith. Wednesday, July 26, at the House of Blues.

Norwegian chanteuse Ane Brun is a rare singer-songwriter who captures the theatrical aura of a '40s cabaret star with Edith Piaf on her sleeve while whispering into the ears of Nick Drake, Neko Case, and Beth Orton. Already a superstar in her homeland -- she's won two Norwegian Grammys -- Brun launches her first proper North American tour this summer.

Her debut album, A Temporary Dive, was released via V2 earlier this spring and features appearances from Ron Sexsmith (he's in her video for "Song No. 6"), Teitur, and Syd Matters. The brooding songbook of cinematic daydreams and late-night reflections evokes a natural loveliness. It suggest a fine mist of wavering passion that shimmers in songs such as the acoustic ballad "My Lover Will Go" and the ivory-tickled "This Voice," echoing classic sounds of '70s female singers. In 2006, such earnestness should not go unnoticed, so prepare to fall in love with Stockholm's Ane Brun. Rootsy, didgeridoo-packing Aussie surfer-singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd opens.

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