A few songs into her set, singer/songwriter Laura Marling paused to her inform the crowd that her stage banter hadn’t gotten any better since the last time she performed here in DC. She wasn’t entirely off the mark with that comment, and while there was a successful and hilarious “show and tell” near the end of the show, banter wasn’t really what people came for Tuesday. They came to hear Marling use her voice to “summon the angels”, as ex-bandmate/ex-boyfriend Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale fame, once suggested she was capable of. And that’s pretty squarely what she delivered.
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If seeing 21 year-old Brad Oberhofer last week didn’t satiate your need to see talented young musicians ply their trade, then you’re in luck! Fresh off of her performance at Bonnaroo this weekend, 22 year-old Laura Marling takes the stage at the 9:30 Club this evening in support of her third (and finest) album, A Creature I Don’t Know. With a little bit PJ Harvey, a whole lot Joni Mitchell, and some Leonard Cohen thrown in for good measure, it’s difficult to say exactly what you’ll be seeing on V Street tonight, but rest assured this is one “kid” who can deliver.
No matter what persona she wears, Marling is a hell of a guitar player, a fine singer, and has an easy-going stage presence, all of which ensure a great evening of music tonight in DC. So check out the video below, then get your self a ticket (they're still available) and we'll see you at the 9:30 Club tonight!