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Right up there with “perfect moment” masterpieces as Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes, Mazzy Star’s She Hangs Brightly, Suzanne Vega’s self-tiled album from 1985 and Milla Jovovich’s critically underrated The Divine Comedy from 1994, this coming Tuesday a first glimpse at a 21-year old Choctaw native is as powerful, immediate and gripping as it comes. With a voice like Billie Holiday’s trippin’ kid sister raised on T. Rex demos and Radiohead ballads,

Samantha Crain’s The Confiscation: A Musical Novella is a stunning introduction to a refreshing, metaphysical artist that demands attention. There must be something special about the mothering Oklahoma creek water that produces so many amazing singer/songwriters, from Woody Guthrie to the Flaming Lips, perhaps eternally downstream from a mellow, pondering herd of sensimilla-cud chewing heifers. Tastefully packaged in a cardboard Digipak that mimics an old family photo album, the five-song EP is on the hip old timey Ramseur Records imprint — the perfect home for her national debut, also releasing the long awaited Second Gleam from the Avett Brothers next week…

Television Alert: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hosts Gavin Rossdale of Bush this evening, Coldplay on Thursday and One Republic on Friday; “The Late Show with David Letterman” welcomes the Hold Steady tonight, John Mellencamp on Thursday and Augustana on Tuesday; “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” boasts the SteelDrivers on Friday overnight; and on Thursday VH1 debut’s its “Rock Honors” tribute to the Who, recorded five days prior with featured performances by Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, the Flaming Lips and Incubus.