Last Night: Amy & Grant, Not to be Confused with Amy Grant

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Amy Blaschke and Grant Olsen duet at the Jewel Box last night.

Last night the tiny Jewel Box stage inside the Rendezvous played host to

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Last Night: Amy & Grant, Not to be Confused with Amy Grant

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    Amy Blaschke and Grant Olsen duet at the Jewel Box last night.

    Last night the tiny Jewel Box stage inside the Rendezvous played host to an intimate performance by Amy Blaschke and Grant Olsen, the "Arthur" half of Arthur & Yu. Blaschke's a well-seasoned vet at playing shows armed with just her voice and an acoustic. Her voice poured like thick Velveeta over delicately plucked strings as she ran through a few Night Canopy songs, as well as some new material that sounds bolstered by trials of the heart, and perhaps her recent new surroundings in Southern California where, she says smugly, it really is sunny every single day. I've now managed to compare her voice to the white icing atop a Ding-Ding and Velveeta cheese this week.

    Olsen's set was a rare chance to see him without the backing band that generally accompanies him with Arthur & Yu. His voice more than stands up under the scrutiny, wavery and sharp, like the raw edge of cut corrugated metal catching the light in the darkened theatre. Using a pedal organ and floor tom along with acoustic guitar, he managed to execute stripped down versions of a few A & Y tracks from their 2007 release In Camera as well as a couple new songs before he and Blaschke joined forces on stage for a couple of duets, one a Bonnie Prince Billy cover of "Ain't You Wealthy, Ain't You Wise" and "I'll Be Your Mirror" by the Velvets.

    Catch them next:

    Amy Blaschke playes at 20Twenty in Ballard this Saturday with Tiny Vipers and Husbands Love Your Wives at 4 p.m.

    Arthur & Yu head down to Oregon with the Handsome Furs, April 17 in Eugene at the W.O.W. Hall and April 18 at the Someday Lounge in Portland; In Seattle at the Vera Project on May 3rd.

     
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