Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Anya Marina, Editor's Picks, Garbage, Sheryl Crow, Shirley Manson
Don’t know who this girl is? It’s okay, she’s not the next Fiona Apple, but she’s got a song on Grey’s Anatomy.
Anya Marina, one of Rolling Stone’s “break-out artists,” is a one-piece acoustic band who can rip some catchy pop songs…but most importantly, she’s coming to Funk ‘N Waffles on March 4th with two other folk/acoustic artists, Greg Laswell and Jay Nash.
Sure, she sounds like a mix between Sheryl Crow and Shirley Manson from Garbage. That’s not what I care about though–it’s her sexy voice. It’s so deliciously raspy that it sounds like she’s smoked just enough cigarettes, but not so many that she sounds like David Carr on his NY Times “Carpet-Bagger” blog.
That’s not all though! She even plays covers. Okay, so she’s got an acoustic guitar, meaning she’ll cover Elliot Smith or Bob Dylan, right? WRONG! On her Myspace, she plays a soft-toned and somber cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like.” The best part is that she makes it work, somehow.
Anyway! Point of the story is that I’m going to this show, because something tells me I’ll get goose bumps from her gentle yet coarse voice. It’s worth a quick visit. Plus, it’s an early show at 6 p.m., so you won’t be wasting your night by going to see her.
Drop in, hear some Anya, and be on your way.
—Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor