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Laurie Anderson

Beacon Theater

The latest of Laurie Anderson’s talking electronic-blues performances showed subtle changes in her trademark formula of musical monologues accompanied by elaborate mixed media visual imagery and quirky props. She has continued to refine a small vocabulary of rich ideas that seems to be capable of infinite development. On the surface, these shifts of emphasis don’t appear to be major new statements. In this concert, however, the sum total of Anderson’s alterations—those that have slowly accumulated over her more-than-a-decade-long performing career as well as those apparent since her last New York performance, in 1984—added up to a fresh impression of the work of this accomplished, still evolving artist.

At the Beacon, Anderson occupied center stage and was, as usual, the center of attention, speak/singing her often funny, always pointed aperçus set to simple electronic musical riffs. The

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