I remember first hearing Bob Boilen gush about Anna Calvi back in January. He'd discovered her ethereal and soulful music late one cold winter night on headphones and had fallen head-over-heels in love. Since then, we've featured her new, self-titled album as part of our First Listen series, and Calvi appeared on Weekend Edition Sunday with guest host Lynn Neary.
Anna Calvi has drawn a strange mix of comparisons. She's an alluring singer, often equated with Edith Piaf and opera singer Maria Callas. She's also a powerful, carefully articulated guitarist with a style compared to that of Tom Verlaine from the band Television, but with PJ Harvey's crunchy rock riffs.
You can see in this full concert, recorded live in Paris, what a force Calvi is on stage.
Here are a few more dates for her U.S. tour. You should see her if she plays nearby.
5/23 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's
5/25 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
5/27 Toronto, ON El Mocambo
5/28 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern
5/29 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club
6/1 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
6/2 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
6/5 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
6/7 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour