City Planner: Friday 12/15
Imogen Heap @ First Avenueoday's A-List: "Something of a P.J. Harvey for the PG-13 set, Imogen Heap is a British beauty who first made stateside waves as half of the electro-folk duo Frou Frou (Americans will recognize "Let Go," their contribution to the Garden State soundtrack). The other half of that group was Madonna producer Guy Sigsworth, and popular perception held him responsible for Frou Frou's luscious sound while disregarding Heap as simply the pretty singer. Her bitter response was 2005's Speak for Yourself, an entirely self-produced, self-released affair that contained the single "Hide and Seek," easily the best a cappella radio hit since Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love." She returns to the Twin Cities in support of her re-released debut, 1999's I Megaphone, which serves as proof that she's as adept with a grand piano as she is with Pro-Tools. Opening is loopy San Francisco beat-boxer Kid Beyond, who sounds like he's got a 12-piece orchestra and a couple of turntables inside his skull."
18+. $20. 7:00 p.m.