Rock & Pop

PJ Harvey

When: Thu., April 14, 8 p.m. 2011

Unconventionality is at the heart of what defines PJ Harvey and has earned her such a loyal fanbase ever since she broke onto the scene with her classic 1992 debut Dry. Never one to succumb to the pitfall of vapid pop stardom, she's instead become the doyenne of indie rock circles via a string of seminal albums. She's embraced everything from religious metaphors wrapped in a deconstructed blues framework (To Bring You My Love), to lusher alt-pop inspired by her adoration of the Big Apple and the English countryside (Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea). For Let England Shake, Harvey's recently released eighth studio album, the Dorset native found inspiration in her native country's history of warfare and in the realities of modern-day life in Afghanistan and Iraq. Aided by past conspirators Flood, John Parish, and Mick Harvey, the blues-punk goddess has created an ethereal canvas of deeply considered material that promises a similarly challenging live listening experience on Thursday, April 14 at The Warfield Theatre (982 Market St., San Francisco). 8 p.m., $39.50-$49.50.

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $39.50-$49.50

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