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Friday, January 15, 2010

Saturday To-Do: Jemina Pearl

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 3:23 PM

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JEMINA PEARL
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.

Jemina Pearl's only 22, but she's a seasoned rock vet. She started her ascent the way indie kids everywhere dream of: When she was a teen living in Nashville, her band Be Your Own Pet broke through in the UK when someone passed a CD-R to a prominent DJ, and before long, labels like Rough Trade and XL started putting out EPs. Back in the U.S., after doing the big festival circuit (CMJ, SXSW) the punked-up pop quartet signed to Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label. After two well-received full-lengths and much rowdy touring, the band called it quits, leaving Pearl to carve her own niche. Luckily she's got some collaborators. On her solo debut, “Break it up Bad,” released last October, she counts not just label head Thurston Moore as a guest, but also TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Red Kross' Steve McDonald and Iggy Friggin' Pop. Iggy, of course, won't be around on Friday to duet on “I Hate People,” a misanthropic love song with plenty of tweaked girl-group pep. But here's betting Pearl doesn't have any trouble carrying it herself. Little Rock's Flash LaRue opens.

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