iPod Voyeur: Holly Miranda’s top 10 most-played artists

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A single moment of Holly Miranda’s voice has the capacity to freeze each and every muscle in your body for a good three to 35 minutes, causing your current plan of action to come to a furious halt, steering your concentration solely toward contemplating how on earth you haven’t been listening to Miranda’s music Monday to Sunday and back again.

The New York solo artist is currently on tour with Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara, but will be making a solo stop at the Café du Nord tonight (Tue/9), a perfect opportunity to have your mind blown by beauty. Formerly of the band The Jealous Girlfriends, Miranda is bringing her solo project The Magician’s Private Library (XL) to eager listeners, reminding them of the butterflies anxiously fluttering in their stomachs the first time they heard Nina Simone or Cat Power.

Delicate whispers of slumber and tangled dreams, abstract lyrics rising to an emotion-driven falsetto: Miranda’s music was made for your lungs, to be breathed in and out, fully entering your body as one element and leaving as another. Curious to know where the songstress derives her current inspiration, I asked Miranda to offer up the artists on her iPod’s Top Ten Most Played:

1.    Little Dragon
2.    The Antlers
3.    Sade
4.    Nina Simone
5.    The xx
6.    Fela Kuti
7.    Neon Indian
8.    Lee Hazlewood
9.    Jenny Wilson
10.     Eferklang

It's a lot to take in, but shows the ravenous breadth of this up-and-comer's interests.

Holly Miranda
w/Foxtail Somersault and Tortured Genies
Tues/9, 8:30pm
Café Du Nord
2174 Market Street, SF
www.cafedunord.com

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