MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.
Shara Worden, who performs as My Brightest Diamond
, comes to town with quite a pedigree. Her grandfather, a traveling evangelist, played an Epiphone guitar. Her parents, a classical organist mother and a national accordion champion father, lived all over the country. Much of Worden's childhood was spent in El Dorado, where her father served as a music and youth minister. After gaining a degree in opera from the University of North Texas, Worden moved to New York to continue her studies, and soon became immersed in the city's underground baroque pop scene, which has produced bands like Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Nastasia. In 2001, Worden formed an avant-rock band, Awry, which released several albums, before evolving into My Brightest Diamond, a loose collective that featured wind chimes and wine glasses along with traditional instruments. Along the way, she met indie hero Sufjan Stevens and took time off from her own music to tour as one of his Illinoisemakers (which, apparently, included doing splits and round-offs). Post-Sufjan, Worden's career's taken off. She's put out two well-received albums as My Brightest Diamond, most recently “A Thousand Shark's Teeth” on Asthmatic Kitty. Live, she's known for vocal theatrics, an affinity for costumes (superhero capes, Tudor corsets) and a strange coterie of backing players. Thursday that'll mean a string trio, a saw, a kalimba and a ukulele. Sonic kin Clare and the Reasons
— strings, ethereal vocals — open the show.Listen
: My Brightest Diamond "Inside a Boy"