Under Female Indie-Pop Singer in the Wikicyclopediationary, there should probably be a picture of Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (alongside Young Marble Giants Alison Statton and, say, Fontaine Toups). Her voice is breathy and, by American Idol standards, slight and untrainedqualities that epitomize the genres vocal style. But her songs are so catchy, so pure and so magnetic, they run circles around 90 percent of the overcooked, melisma-addled junk out there. And her K Records debut So You Think Its Like This But Really Its Like This remains an indie-pop classic, bursting with endearing hooks as it skips and winks its way along on fuzzy Olympia-style production. Drop the needle on Sweepstakes Prize, Murphy Bed or Person Person some time and just try to keep from smiling.
Thu., Oct. 15, 9 p.m., 2009