Thurs July 12, 8 pm 21+
Recommended by Dave Segal
Straight outta Tuva, Russia, Huun Huur Tu gained notoriety back in the 1990s for their incredible throat-singing skills, using techniques that create multi-note drones and overtones that resemble emanations from birds, flutes, and synthesizers. The group's recent live performance on KEXP found them singing more conventionally while playing instruments such as igil (a two-stringed bowed instrument), khomus (jaw harp), dünggür (shaman drum), and doshpuluur (lute), as well as acoustic guitar. Their repertoire abounds with elegant folk songs that plumb a profound mournfulness in a language you'll never learn. You may find yourself crying without even knowing why.