Existential Beast, Richards enchants with a distinctive blend of spacey, harmony-laden pop (“Back to the Source”) and intimate folk balladry (“Autumn Sun”). But she also trips out amid the swirling psychedelic guitars and jazzy dynamic shifts of the hard-rocking epic “Golden Gate.” Richards performs with a small orchestra tonight at the Bootleg, and also plays an acoustic brunch at the Federal on Sun., May 28, 11 a.m.
Miranda Lee Richards had a couple of breaks on her way to finding her own voice as a singer and guitarist. She was befriended early on by Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, who gave her guitar lessons, and she sang with The Brian Jonestown Massacre for a spell after its leader, Anton Newcombe, heard her first demos. Since then, the San Francisco native has recorded in the studio or performed onstage with Tricky and The Jesus and Mary Chain. But she’s at her most expressive in her solo career. On her fourth album,