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Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker talks 'Capacity' and early start in music

By Jenelle Janci of Lancaster Online

Adrianne Lenker, second from left, fronts Big Thief.  Photograph by Shervin Lainez

Adrianne Lenker, second from left, fronts Big Thief.
Photograph by Shervin Lainez

Nothing about Adrianne Lenker is ordinary.

Her childhood sounds like something out of a novel. Lenker was born in a religious cult in Indianapolis. Her parents left the cult when she was 4, and Lenker lived in several places with varied characters throughout her youth. As a teenager, she worked on launching a pop career instead of attending traditional high school.

Even as an adult, Lenker, now 25, can’t help being extraordinary. As the frontwoman of Big Thief, her lyrics are powerful yet economical, her voice haunting and emotive.

The Brooklyn band’s upcoming album, “Capacity,” is one of the most anticipated indie-rock albums of the year. Big Thief will perform Wednesday at the Chameleon Club, two days before the album’s release.
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