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30Dec
Laura Veirs
7:30 PM - 11:59 PM Moroccan Lounge
Date: December 30, 2018 to December 30, 2018
Where: Moroccan Lounge, 901 E 1st St., Los Angeles, California, United States, 90012
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Concerts & Music
Ticket Price: N/A
with Tara Jane O'Neil
A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout. Here is a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, Veirs longtime collaborator, The Lookout is a soundtrack for turbulent times, full of allusions to protectors: the camper stoking a watch fire, a mother tending her children, a sailor in a crows nest and a lightning rod channeling energy. The Lookout is about the need to pay attention to the fleeting beauty of life and to not be complacent; its about the importance of looking out for each other, says Veirs. Im addressing whats happening around me with the chaos of post-election America, the racial divides in our country, and a personal reckoning with the realities of midlife: I have friends whove died; I struggle with how to balance life as an artist with parenting young children. Written and produced on the heels of Veirs acclaimed album with Neko Case and kd Lang (case/lang/veirs), The Lookout integrates the fluency of collaboration with Veirs notorious work ethic. The twelve songs on the album are the result of a years worth of daily writing in her attic studio in Portland, Ore. Twenty years ago when I was just starting out with my punk band, it never occurred to me to write five versions of a song, says Veirs. Ive learned to see how malleable lyrics and melodies can be. I have more tools as a musician so I write many versions of songs until I find the right fit. Such range is demonstrated on the operatic vocals of The Meadow and the intricate finger picking on Watch Fire. The Lookout, the albums title track, is an ecstatic anthem to trusted relationships. The Lookout draws on the talents of a time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine. Says Veirs, These guys are a good hang, ego-free and w
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