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INDIE ROCK | Japanese Breakfast 

Japanese Breakfast, the new solo project from Philadelphia-via-Oregon indie wunderkind Michelle Zauner, captures a space that many other young bands have tried (and failed) to occupy. The project's debut LP, 2016's "Psychopomp," is a bold and transformative experience from the opening plunks and ensuing rattle of "In Heaven" to the almost unbearably gorgeous "Triple 7." Largely focused on the death of Zauner's mother, "Psychopomp" cushions soul-bearing storytelling beneath layers of washed out synths and bright guitar leads, calling to mind peak Cocteau Twins and "You Are Free" era Cat Power. It's a remarkable, cathartic record from a songwriter who isn't afraid to brave the spaces others fear to tread.

Japanese Breakfast will play with Pleistocene and Susanna Rose on Wednesday, April 19, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 9 p.m. $10-$12. bugjar.com; michellezauner.bandcamp.com.

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