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Jenny Omnichord 

If you ditch the riot element of Kathleen Hanna’s grrrl solo project, Julie Ruin, insert the alliteration and allurement of The Moldy Peaches, then add the carnivalesque connotations of Wax Mannequin, you’d get a hodgepodge portrait of Jenny Omnichord. A sister project for The Barmitzvah Brothers’ Jenny Mitchell, the singer, bassist and resident omnichordist fell head over heels for the instrument after finding it at her father’s thrift store nearly a decade ago. She branches off from the family tree into even more queerly comical terrain based on the most omitted instrument in indie-pop music. At 22 years old, Mitchell has crafted the most artful of arty solo albums and everyone’s on it. Released on weewerk, the 13-track Cities of Gifts and Ghosts features Jon-Rae Fletcher, Final Fantasy’s Owen Pallett, Jim Guthrie, Evan Gordon, Bobby Wiseman and a remix by Eccodeck. Other highlights include an ode to bushy-tailed squirrels and an omni-flavoured lollipop version of The Guess Who’s “These Eyes.” (SWC)

Songwriters’ circle w/Ron Leary, Steve Stacey at FRED, Thursday, 9pm, $7-$20 (all-venue pass). Saturday at FRED, 9pm, $7-$25
(all-venue pass).

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