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Madeleine Peyroux commands Arlington Theatre / Santa Barbara Independent review

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Madeleine Peyroux commanded the Arlington Theatre stage Friday night, March 17. Sashaying through the Great American Playbook, she, bassist Barak Mori, and guitarist Jon Herington - impeccably tight, tasty, and complementary - quietly chomped on Tom Waits's "Tango Till They're Sore," Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love," and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Shout, Sister, Shout!," with an emotionally charged understatement and quiet swing that alternated from playful to excruciating. What she did with "Danny Boy" - shamrock-shaking national anthem of the American Irish - was grimly haunting and utterly new. The Pogues, even in the darkest stupor, would have been proud. Peyroux, who, like Holiday, is endowed with a very small voice, vowed to sing exclusively about "booze, blues, and love." She veered off topic a few times, however, to shake a fist at Donald Trump, opening up with a defiantly playful "(Getting Some) Fun Out of Life."

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