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Jenny Lewis, Aug. 17, Knitting Factory

Versatile songstress

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There is something undeniably charming and protean about actor-musician Jenny Lewis. Whether she's looking pensive in a high-collared, gunny sack dress; smiling sweetly in a sleeveless, flowered summer frock; or wearing a lace-embellished green get-up a la Loretta Lynn while she sings with the Watson Twins, Lewis is still Lewis, able to project both character and self through a TV or computer screen, a radio station or across a cheering crowd of festival goers. Lewis' ability to be different while staying the same has served her well in both her music and her acting--she's had roles in movies and television since she was a grade-schooler. She's so good at what she does, she shines in the video for "Just One of the Guys," from her new album Voyager (Warner Bros., July 2014), which has cameos by Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson and Kristen Stewart.