Random Acts Vocalist Alicia Olatuja; “City of Dreamers,” an evening of film, performance, music, and conversation by Capital High School students; pianist Yuja Wang; singer Eliza Rickman
“Hauntingly beautiful” is one of those overused descriptors for music that rarely gets across much information about what a singer actually sounds like. When applied to singer Eliza Rickman, however, it is entirely accurate, in that her strong yet lilting voice seems to be traveling through time from a more classical period — long before Auto-Tune — accompanied by the plinking of a child’s toy piano. The musical arrangements on her newest album, Footnotes for
the Spring, are denser and richer than in previous work, but Rickman’s voice is still part-Joan Baez and part-Iris Dement, blending into something of unusual purity. Her cover of Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me” so completely reinvents the song that Dylan himself should envy her imagination. Rickman plays at Meow Wolf Arts Complex (1352 Rufina Circle, 505-780- 4458) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Tickets are $10, available at the door
or at www.meowwolf.com. — J.L.