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Now that anyone with a laptop and vocal chords can record a few sad wails and upload them to SoundCloud, the singer-songwriter scene is getting pretty crowded. Yet Julia Holter stands alone in her jagged songwriting style, which oscillates somewhere between plucky and provoked. The studied multi-instrumentalist is best known for her chilling vocal loops and spacy electronic sounds. After working regularly with Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Holter won over listeners with her second album, Ekstasis. Tonight, the L.A. native brings her avant-pop experimentation to Sixth & I, where she’ll kick off a tour in support of her forthcoming third studio album, Loud City Song. The soon-to-be-released album isn’t new material, per se—it predates Holter’s debut album, Tragedy, and strings together the piano lilts and sparse vocals of bedroom recordings that are anything but demure.
Julia Holter performs with Jessica Pratt at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $12–$15. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.