The Last Town Chorus in Concert

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The Last Town Chorus' Megan Hickey.

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Set List

"Understanding"

"Wire Waltz"

"You"

"Modern Love"

"Oregon"

"Change Your Mind"

"Boat"

"It's Not Over"

The Last Town Chorus' Megan Hickey performs live in Philadelphia.

hide captionThe Last Town Chorus' Megan Hickey performs live in Philadelphia.

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Led by Megan Hickey and her '40s lap-steel guitar, The Last Town Chorus won widespread critical praise for its self-titled 2004 debut, on which Hickey sings of heartbreak, joy and alienation. The band performed a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Jan. 19.

With a sweet, strong singing voice — she's been compared to Beth Orton, Gillian Welch, Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval — Hickey often delves into personal material. Her group's forthcoming CD, Wire Waltz, digs deeper than its predecessor; it arrives in the U.S. in March after already finding an audience in France, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. The album includes a reinvention of David Bowie's "Modern Love" which was recently featured on the hit drama Grey's Anatomy.

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