Beth Orton, Sam Amidon | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Beth Orton, Sam Amidon

When: Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 2012

There are a dozen tangential ways to recommend the music of English musician Beth Orton. Near the dawn of her career, for instance, she earned notice for giving airy voice to The Chemical Brothers' aubade, "Where Do I Begin." Her most recent two records featured contributions from, respectively, Ryan Adams and Jim O'Rourke, absolute credibility visas in a few distinct musical spheres. The list goes on, but really, it's Orton's brilliant singing—soft but stern, resilient yet romantic—that demands attention in any context. Her voice suggests hand-carved furniture that's been doing its duty for hundreds of years, constantly at the ready and understated in its functional brilliance. Behold it live. Sam Amidon, a sweet-voiced folk singer who outstrips that description with adventurous arrangements and enthusiastic collaborations, opens. —Grayson Currin

Price: $25

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