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Her long bangs and knowing face might suggest Eleanor Friedberger has a don’t-mess-with-me punk-rock attitude, but don’t lump her in with other 21st century Ramones: Friedberger rocks a little quieter. While her other band, Fiery Furnaces, is on hiatus, Friedberger recently released her feelings-fueled second album, Personal Record. The follow-up to 2011’s Last Summer, the new record is driven by Friedberger’s meticulous songwriting and invokes a bit of ’70s folk poignancy. It’s warm, wistful, and derived from elements of her own life, giving the tracks a firmer base in reality than the distant travelogues that populated Furnaces albums. She’s liable to pour out parts of herself at U Street Music Hall, and in such an intimate space, you just might be able to catch a portion of her inspiration.
Eleanor Friedberger performs with TEEN at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1880. ustreetmusichall.com.