Joanna Newsom in Michigan in March (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Joanna Newsom

[Joanna Newsom] opened her 75-minute set with four songs from her ambitious recent full-length, "Have One on Me," before weaving in older titles from her previous two albums, "Ys," from 2006 (which featured arrangements by Van Dyke Parks), and her infectious 2004 debut, "The Milk-Eyed Mender." It was delivered via a singing voice that's as pure is it is dynamic, one that has matured from an at-times grating shriek early in her career into an instrument able to offer a smooth, well-tended tone with measured phrasings and octave-spanning curlicues. At this point feeding her pitch-perfect vocals into an Auto-Tune program would probably cause the software to collapse in on itself.

Newsom performed to a sold out Orpheum audience that rivaled Justin Bieber fans in their ardor. The singer had to spend an inordinate amount of time between songs affectionately swatting away random hollered compliments. A male fan raced to the stage and tossed her a bouquet, and a woman was intercepted by a security guard near the front row as she made a beeline for the musician. "We love you, Joanna!" was the richest insight the crowd had to offer when she queried her fans on their collective mood. [LA Times]

That's a review of the singer's Saturday, July 31st performance at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre.

Joanna comes back to New York on Tuesday, November 23rd for a show at Carnegie Hall (where she plays the 2,804-seat Stern Auditorium). Tickets go on sale Monday, August 9th at 11am.

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes has been opening for Joanna, and in Oakland on August 2nd they covered the Sheryl Crow (and Kid Rock) song "Picture" together. A video of that and Joanna's full schedule (a few more North American shows, then Europe and Israel in September) is below...

Picture - Joanna Newsom and Robin Pecknold (Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow Cover)

Joanna Newsom - 2010 Tour Dates
8/4/10 Moore Theatre Seattle WA *
8/5/10 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver Canada *
8/6/10 Aladdin Theater Portland OR *
8/7/10 Aladdin Theater Portland OR *
8/22/10 Green Man Festival Glanusk Park, Crickhowell United Kingdom
9/14/10 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin Ireland
9/16/10 Colston Hall Bristol United Kingdom
9/17/10 Symphony Hall Birmingham United Kingdom
9/18/10 Palace Theatre Manchester United Kingdom
9/20/10 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow United Kingdom
9/21/10 The Sage Gateshead United Kingdom
9/23/10 Aéronef Lille France
9/24/10 Volkshaus Zürich Zürich Switzerland
9/25/10 Epicerie Moderne Feyzin France
9/27/10 Teatrro Dal Verme Milan Italy
9/28/10 Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome Italy
9/30/10 Tel Aviv Opera House Tel Aviv Israel
11/23/10 Carnegie Hall New York, NY
* w/ Robin Pecknold

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