When: Sun., April 17, 8 p.m. 2011
Singer-songwriter Laura Weinbach comes from a family of entertainers. Her father was a cult filmmaker and jazz enthusiast, her mother a pianist. Her brother Brent Weinbach is a well-known absurdist comedian who also played piano professionally. Laura grew up practicing classical guitar and singing jazz standards at her dad's behest. She would later study literature at UC Santa Cruz, busk in Paris, teach, cut her hair in a smart bob, and accumulate a wardrobe of mod sweaters and calico prints. She looks like a character plucked from a Lewis Carroll tale, and yet beneath that surface, she's fierce. Weinbach's band Foxtails Brigade has included several different combinations of prodigy-ish musicians, but at present her most frequent collaborator is violinist Anton Patzner, a prolific blogger and founding member of the band Judgement Day. Oft-described as "baroque folk," the group manages to sound contemporary and medieval at the same time. As Foxtails' frontwoman and lead composer, Weinbach combines elegant guitar parts with highly involved, literary lyrics, all intoned in a puerile falsetto. The tracks on her new album sound a bit like old Victorian song cycles. But they're refreshing. At Swedish American Music Hall (2170 Market St., San Francisco) on Sunday, April 17. 8 p.m., $10, $15. CafeduNord.com.
Price: $10, $15