All Ages, Blues, Folk, & Country

Ida

When: Fri., Sept. 5, 9 p.m. 2008

Ida turns out intense, low-key folk-like pop that explores the more troubling aspects of love and relationships. The quiet harmonies of main songwriters Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton and the band's subtle instrumental approach create a quietly commanding aura that's both soothing and unsettling. They've been called slowcore and sadcore, but their minimally orchestral music is hard to classify. Their recent EP, My Fair, My Dark, includes fiddling by original folk freak and part-time Unholy Modal Rounder Michael Hurley, who joins the band on its West Coast trek. Hurley and Ida are currently collaborating on an as-yet-unnamed album. Portland-based visual artist and prolific emo-folk songwriter Tara Jane O'Neil completes the bill. At Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco) on Friday, Sept. 5. 9 p.m., $12. BottomoftheHill.com


j. poet

Price: $12