Pepi Ginsberg

Singer-songwriter Pepi Ginsberg says she envisioned “the love child of Bob Dylan and Deerhoof” while working on her new album, East Is East. That makes sense, but so do comparisons to Television and Patti Smith. Ginsberg, after all, has one of the best, most restless voices around, full of little leaps and quirks. And her guitar playing is splintered and stuttered, embellished by an agile backing trio. The single “Coca Cola” is reduced to an almost calypso core, while the exuberant “Shake This” has turned thousands of heads with an unlikely video starring a teenaged L.A. dance crew. The follow-up to 2008’s slept-on RED, which was produced by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken, East Is East is bizarre, buoyant, and defiantly poppy like few records could manage. With People Eating People, Pepper Rabbit. DOUG WALLEN

Mon., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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