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Camera Obscura

When: Wed., June 2, 7 p.m. 2010

A camera obscura is an optical device that essentially turns outside into inside, itself an apt metaphor for the private, confessional music of the beloved Glaswegian pop band of the same name. Cinematic scenes of piercing melancholy and romance play out on the cloistered screen of singer Tracyanne Campbell's mind, a mind given to flights of insecurity, longing, anxiety, insight, petulance and courage. The images are widescreen and can border on generic—"French Navy," the gut-punchingly winsome single from last year's excellent My Maudlin Career, had dusty libraries, French sailors and moons on silvery lakes—but the emotions conveyed are intimate and specific in the way that clichés can be in the hands of a truly gifted songwriter. Camera Obscura may have started their career as a baby Belle & Sebastian, but they've matured into a top-class songwriting force that taps a broad array of Western pop traditions, from Motown to beach music. A temperate day at Duke Gardens would be a lovely setting for them, although given the overcast nature of their music, a little rain would suit, too. —Brian Howe

Price: $5–$15

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