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Meg Remy is putting all of herself out there. With her new album, Half Free, the unapologetically feminine and emotionally complex artist behind U.S. Girls presents a soundtrack that almost every woman can find relatable. Remy somehow makes grinding, screeching pleas sound like gentle, beckoning whispers and lumbering, sleepy opening tracks sound like a call to arms. In Remy’s world, it’s all emotions and second thoughts. She’s not afraid to put a song like the attacking “Woman’s Work” as Half Free’s last word or sing phrases like “and now I’m gonna hang myself from the family tree” on “Sororal Feelings,” a track about marrying a man who had previously slept with her sisters. This honesty isn’t foreign to longtime listeners, but on Half Free, it’s laid barer than ever before. Compared to U.S. Girls’s sleepy, melodic cries, opening act Elampi presents similar themes of confusion and muddled whispers, as her French vocals weave around deep organs, sprawling synths, and even laser beams. If you don’t understand exactly what Elampi says, don’t worry: Both Elampi and Remy can make their points in any language. U.S. Girls perform with Escape-ism and Elmapi at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.