Recommended: Laura Gibson at Cedar Cultural Center (tonight)

While intended as a compliment, saying Laura Gibson sounds like Jolie Holland is a bit of a disservice to the Oregon indie folk musician. Catching her as she opened for Damien Jurado in Seattle last month, I was surprised and delighted by her inventive song structures, tremulous voice and minimalist guitar -- not to mention the wizardry of her two-man band, who multitasked on drums, keyboards, saws, and some breath-powered keyboard thingies. She's got the old-timey quality of Holland, but a sound that's all her own -- weirdly magical, yet deliberate; chirpy yet haunting; ancient yet somehow avant-garde. See what you think: Gibson's playing at Minneapolis' Cedar Cultural Center tonight, June 4, with Museé Mecanique and local artist Dewi Sant opening up. See videos of Gibson's performances here or on All Songs Considered.

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