Heather Green The Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax NS, October 24

Heather Green The Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax NS, October 24
Photo: Vish Khanna
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Backed by a large band of cracker-jack instrumentalists and vocalists, California ex-pat Heather Green has been so embraced by the Halifax music community, she brought a good chunk of them on-stage with her. Green's stage manner is relatively mellow and reserved but her songs — a dreamy concoction rooted in folk but transformed into space-pop — pack an emotional punch.

Flanked by colourful bandmates, at least one of whom was cross-dressing, Green is stoic in her statements. Her songs were dynamic, with hotshot guitar licks shooting out of her and her band's hands, and insistent rhythmic power driving her passionate voice forward. They sound like love songs but they also seem to reveal someone grappling with interpersonal power play. As such, even within her overt pop/soul moves, there's tension in Green's work and it gave her performance gravity and allure.