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Artist sets mood in Burly

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“I don’t cry at shows, but I cried tonight,” senior James Biddle said after the performance.

Lady Lamb, beloved angel of angst, sang out her soulful blessings to Pine Street music lovers Wednesday evening.

Amidst the frustration many people feel about the current political climate, the evening’s music seemed to meet some sort of collective need among concertgoers for honest human expression.

Swift and smiling, dressed in all white, Lady Lamb hopped up on stage and settled into her simple arrangement: a chair, two microphones, two guitars and a banjo.

Without introduction or fuss, she began singing “Regarding the Ascending Stairs,” a rhythmic banjo song off her 2013 album “Ripely Pine.”

Lady Lamb’s voice fully aligns with her raw, emotion-drenched lyrics — swelling, shaking, shouting to let out the pulse of music visible on her face and in her body.

With its dimmed, cozy lighting and relatively low stage, the venue felt especially intimate, and Lady Lamb’s performance style was in perfect harmony with the mellow, adoring crowd for the duration of the show.

Lady Lamb stood up to give a short speech, a stand-out moment of the night,  right before she played her final song.

In the context of explaining the title of her new EP, “Tender Warriors Club,” which emerged during an encouraging phone call to a struggling friend, Lady Lamb emphasized the importance of “staying sensitive” facing hard decisions and trying times.

“It can be easy to meet confusion with confusion or anger,” she said, then expressed to her audience the importance of having compassion towards oneself, and of staying soft and open as much as we can.

Amid the crowd’s whoops and hollers, the artist sat back down to sing one of her most upbeat and well-known songs, “Milk Duds,” closing her set with the lyrics: “You can’t remember me for the life of you, but I hope you find joy in all things you do and in these songs we sing that are sung solely for you.”

 

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Artist sets mood in Burly