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Argentinian Juana Molina and American Laura Gibson rock the Troubadour

February 20, 2009 |  9:15 am


The daughters of Joni and Joan are alive and well and living these days in places like Buenos Aires and Portland, Ore. They also were on stage Tuesday night at the Troubadour, in West Hollywood, demonstrating to a transfixed crowd how they've absorbed the lessons of the aforementioned Mitchell, Baez and other elder stateswomen of the singer-songwriter sisterhood, writes Reed Johnson.

But Argentine Abstract Expressionist Juana Molina, who headlined Tuesday's show, and Oregonian urban folkie Laura Gibson, who helped open it, also are finding inventive new ways to update and transmute two distinctly feminine singing styles and sensibilities.

Read more on the link above in today's Calender section.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City

Image: Juana Molina, the Argentine singer-songwriter performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood with a full band on Feb. 17. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times