Kick Off Your Weekend with Eleanor Friedberger at Music Hall

June 26th, 2013

Eleanor Friedberger is best known as one half of psychedelic-pop brother-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces. But since that band went on hiatus in 2011, she has remained busy as a solo artist. Friedberger released her debut full-length, the acclaimed Last Summer, two summers ago and toured behind it, winning over those who may have been unsure of what to expect of Eleanor without Matthew Friedberger. While much of the Fiery Furnaces’ recorded material seems influenced by ’70s rock, her newest solo effort, Personal Record (stream it below)—out earlier this month—sounds like it could’ve been recorded more than 30 years ago, which makes sense considering the singer-songwriter (above, playing “I’ll Never Be Happy Again” for Moshcam at Sydney Festival) tells Elle: “I wanted to make an album that was in this tradition of singer-songwriters from the ’70s.” The LP has won over even those notable curmudgeons at Pitchfork who note that “very few are writing with half the precision, wit and cool poise that Friedberger displays.” See how it all plays out onstage when she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night.