Anny Celsi and Kaz Murphy, with Tish Hinojosa

This showcase of two L.A.-based offbeat singer-songwriters presents us with Anny Celsi, a beatnik-cool performer who veers from poppy, bouncy beats to jazzy piano bar riffs and sexy come-ons. With songs inspired by pulp fiction (and prose to accompany them), she's sensitive but no wimp and a fellow traveler to Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. The "pop noir" soundtrack of her solo debut, Little Black Dress, wears a veneer of L.A. Confidential style. Kaz Murphy is a roots performer who revels in country, bluegrass, rockabilly and the occasional Irish jig. With a more-than-slightly skewed mind, fans of early Dylan and Phil Ochs will find Murphy's rich imagery enticing; it particularly transforms Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" into a whole nother song. Murphy's Americana is alternately dark, humorous and heartbreaking.
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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