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May 8, 2011 at 9:56am

MUSIC: Thao and Mirah in Olympia Monday

Thao and Mirah

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COMBINATIONS THAT WORK >>>

In a somewhat counter-intuitive way, collaborating with another artist is a bold act of confidence. One might think relinquishing some control to another person is a way of hedging bets, but it's quite the opposite. To collaborate is to say, "I am sure enough of my voice and my ability to shine even in the presence of an equally powerful talent." It can be quite cowardly to create alone.

The joining of Thao and Mirah is so exciting precisely because of how unique their voices and artistic visions are, and how harmoniously they unite. That another strong presence - Merrill Garbus of the brilliant tUnE-yArDs - is felt throughout Thao and Mirah's self-titled record, via co-production and some co-songwriting, makes the success of this balancing act all the more impressive.

To read Rev. Adam McKinney's full article on Thao and Mirah click here.

[Northern, Thao and Mirah, with Led to Sea, Monday, May 9, 8 p.m., $8, 321 Fourth Ave., Olympia]

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