• Laura Gibson

Portland singer Laura Gibson, who rolls into town for a gig at the Hideout on Friday night, is hardly the only artist who borrows the singular quaver of Billie Holiday but can’t match her emotional impact or improvisational genius. In the past that’s been the biggest hurdle preventing me from giving two hoots about Gibson’s music, but she’s finally gotten through to me with her new record, La Grande (Barsuk)—her fragile folk-pop melodies are surrounded by some downright gorgeous and often inventive kitchen-sink arrangements, and (just as important) she’s toned down the affectation.