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Timid techno-poptress finds her voice in a 'puter.

Since her first concert on Thanksgiving, Christa Ebert has made tongues wag over her unusually styled a cappella music and her onstage moniker, UnoLady. That's because the 2000 Columbia High School grad gives props to her Logic Pro 7 laptop-computer program for helping her record layers of background vocal tracks to which she sings during her one-woman shows. And the natural sounds throughout her Cleveland neighborhood add to the inspiration behind her original tunes. "There are a lot of church bells around me. And I live above a club, so there's always a constant, dull beat," says Ebert, who's opening for Chloroform tonight in Parma Heights. "When I walk the dog, something gets stuck in my head, and I have to record it."While she's logged a handful of shows since her November debut, Ebert admits she's still "a little nervous" about going onstage. Perhaps that's why she limits her lyric writing to "just mumbling." "Sometimes, it's not even real words. A lot of it is just oohs and aahs," says Ebert, who's also a freshman urban-studies major at Cleveland State University. "A lot of it is just noises, but the stuff I'm singing comes straight from the heart." UnoLady goes onstage at 9 tonight at the Davenport, 6287 Pearl Road in Parma Heights. Admission is $5. Call 440-545-2225 or visit
Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m., 2008

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