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Marjorie Fair 

Thursday, August 4; Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

Record labels often use movie soundtracks to pimp out newly signed acts they hope are poised for success. Marjorie Fair, for instance, first made a national splash on the soundtrack to the 2003 Mandy Moore romance How to Deal, thanks to a cozy wool-blanket nugget called "Waves." Then the Los Angeles quartet seemed to disappear from sight, even as rough demos of its major-label debut landed in the hands of journalists. Self-Help Serenade -- the oft-delayed album that was released last year overseas and finally came out here in late June -- was certainly worth the wait. Sounding like the product of laid-back hippies gathered round the campfire to strum Coldplay and Beatles covers, the folk-tinged disc should satisfy fans of molasses-viscous slo-core and feather-light Britpop shoegazers.

Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10; call 314-727-4444 for more information.

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