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At once edgy and embraceable, melancholy and jubilant, the music of Leslie Feist is a modern pop anomaly, a celebration of the less-than-obvious, and a vivid embodiment of contradictions. Which is to say that Feist makes pop music for people who take such things seriously.

Already one of the most critically lauded artists of the past two decades before she released her last album, "Metals," Feist is, at this stage of the game, that rarest of rare artists -- capable of gaining commercial success while challenging listeners with brave, progressive music.

Loved for the startling intimacy of her pared-down pop paeans, Feist can also front a band and rock a house like nobody's business. She currently is touring with her full backing band and vocal group Mountain Man. Not surprisingly, reviews from the road have been almost unanimously glowing.

We'll be able to judge for ourselves, as Feist headlines a special Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor show at 6 p.m. on Sunday, at the Erie Basin Marina Central Wharf. General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $20 day of show. Get them through Tickets.com or at the Buffalo Place box office, 671 Main St.

-- Jeff Miers