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Porcelain Raft

9 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Performing under the name Porcelain Raft, native Italian (and current NYC resident) Mauro Remiddi produces nothing but beauty. From his songs to his album art to his videos, all of his output is pretty without being precious. And it doesn't feel packaged or calculated, either — just thoughtful. Remiddi plays glitchy, almost surreal dream-pop. Sometimes his voice sounds like Richard Ashcroft (of the Verve) and sometimes it sounds like Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters), but it's always highlighted by swelling, looped beats that make his songs sound warm and drunken. It's the kind of gorgeous, bittersweet music that was made to be used in some Wes Anderson movie. Hot Tip: On stage Mr. Remiddi just hemorrhages charm. And he's staggeringly handsome. No complaints here.

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