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In concert: Luisa Maita at Bohemian Caverns

By Mark Jenkins

luisa maitaLuisa Maita melded many Brazilian styles with grace at Bohemian Caverns. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP)

Translated from the Portuguese, the lyrics on Luisa Maita's debut album,"Lero Lero," are pretty earthy: "The Kid was taking some time by the fire/Smoking a joint in the alley," begins one song; "She got home late at night/wanton, almost nude," recounts another. Thursday night at Bohemian Caverns, the second stop on the Brazilian singer's first U.S. tour, the eroticism was palpable, yet not wanton. The Sao Paolo native continually rolled her hips, which were wrapped in skin-tight jeans. But the motion was as gentle as the music, a part-cooed, part-whispered update of samba, bossa nova and other easygoing Brazilian styles.

Like such near-contemporaries as Bebel Gilberto, Maita adds machine-made timbres to Brazilian jazz-pop's characteristic tones. But only a few synthetic beats and whooshes were heard during Thursday's 70-minute show, which owed as much to dub reggae (notably during the strutting "Lero Lero") as to techno-lounge. The most electronic instrument was dreadlocked guitarist Rafa Moraes' "acoustic" guitar, which was wired to an intimidating battery of effects pedals. He used them not for arena-rock bombast, but to produce warm echoes and percussive, piano-like tones.

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The music's peaks were left to Maita, who soared above such uptempo numbers as "Desenculaba" (the "wanton" song) and "Anuncio" (in which life "stung" and "burned.") Yet the singer's liquid notes and airy trills were never merely showy. Perhaps it helped that she sang in a Romance language, but Maita made backseat sex in a Chevrolet "Opala with tinted windows" sound ethereal.

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By Mark Jenkins  | November 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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