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August 2014

Alejandra O’Leary shows off pop/rock sound of her band’s new CD

Alejandra O’Leary delights in opposites. So it’s no surprise that her new CD, “Heartspace Timepiece,” is inspired by both edgy rock and crafty pop.

“I love those two styles so much. I love The Ramones, I love The Strokes and I love ABBA,” she said. O’Leary and her band, Champions of the West, play a free show Saturday night, Aug. 30, at Crazy Wisdom in downtown Ann Arbor.

That 1990s Spirit
That 1990s Spirit

In the 1980s and 1990s, women had more room to be tough on the radio. From Natalie Merchant in 10,000 Maniacs to Suzanne Vega to the Bangles to the Cowboy Junkies, female pop stars maintained the memorable hooks and lighter production touch that marked them as, well, pop stars–but they also wrote open, honest, and raw songs themselves, and delivered those hooks with a defiant snarl.

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