Emiliana Torrini

Monday, August 17

In 1999, singer Emiliana Torrini burst out of her native Iceland with the ethereal, trip-hoppish Love in the Time of Science, which garnered rave reviews and earned inevitable comparisons to Björk (which had more to do with geography than vocal or musical style), as well as Beth Orton, and Liz Fraser. However, tragedy struck shortly after when her boyfriend was killed in an auto accident, and she dropped out of music entirely for several years to deal with her grief. Eventually, she was pulled back into writing and recording first via collaboration with Thievery Corporation, and then by director Peter Jackson, who asked her to pen the closing theme (“Gollum’s Song”) for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Finally, in 2005, she released her stunningly lovely second album, Fisherman’s Woman, and now she’s built on that comeback with the equally gorgeous Me and Armini, which, like its predecessor, offers plaintive folktronica and breezy pop, plus a bit of the electronic bite of her debut. With Anya Marina. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Mon., Aug. 17, 8 p.m., 2009

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