Music spotlight: Lianne La Havas

  • Updated: March 22, 2013 - 2:57 PM
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Lianne La Havas performed at Empire Automotive at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, on March 14.

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LIANNE LA HAVAS

Next Sunday: At least one Minneapolis music fan has fallen in love with this 23-year-old London-reared singer/songwriter: Prince covered her U.K. hit “Lost & Found” at the Dakota Jazz Club in January and told the Chicago Tribune, “She is Joni Mitchell to me, the way she tells a story [and] puts those interesting guitar chords underneath it.” Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is also a fan and booked her as a tour opener. Her all-blue debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?” landed stateside last fall. She finally kicked off a U.S. headlining tour last week at South by Southwest, where she maintained the album’s intimate elegance despite the rowdy surroundings, and displayed a fun personality, too. Opener Jamie N. Commons, a fellow Brit with a deep-howling vintage soul sound, also had a big SXSW run. (8 p.m. next Sun. $18. Varsity Theater, 1308 SE. 4th St., Mpls. www.ticketfly.com.)

CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

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