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SINGER-SONGWRITER | Little Lapin 

You would only need to listen to singer-songwriter Lucy Cioffi's songs once or twice to know that her music is a hidden gem still waiting to be discovered. When I heard the opening moments of "Foreign Places," with its synth-infused guitar jangle and lilt, I was hooked. After working as a surfing instructor in New Zealand, UK-born Cioffi released several singles and adopted her childhood nickname, lapin (French for rabbit), thus the moniker Little Lapin. The tunes invoke an indie alt-folk vibe while Cioffi's voice is slightly reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor. Little Lapin is touring with guitarist Alex Hill; the acoustic duo's month-long North American tour kicked off in Hollywood and includes Rochester among its U.S. dates.

Little Lapin performs Friday, October 17, at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Avenue. 9 p.m. $7-$9. Bugjar.com; littlelapinmusic.com.

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