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Yuna at Schubas (PHOTOS)

The Malaysian pop siren brought her smooth soul to warm up a cozy crowd. She deserves to be bigger

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Yuna performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Yuna performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Yuna performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Jarell Perry performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Jarell Perry performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Yuna performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Jarell Perry performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.
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Yuna performs at Schubas on January 31, 2014.

The last time we caught Yuna, at Lollapalooza in 2012, the Malaysian pop singer greeted the crowd with a wide smile and a "Welcome to my magical rainforest!" The final evening in January in Chicago is the furthest thing from tropical, but the lovely 27-year-old songwriter managed to warm the crowd nevertheless with her wide-eyed folk-pop and light, jazzy Billie Holiday trills. Sporting her everpresent headwrap, the smooth operator served up tunes from her 2013 Verve release Nocturnal and self-titled 2012 breakthrough, which featured three cool cuts produced by Pharrell (maybe she gave him headwear tips). Yuna still seems to be flying under the rader in the states, which is a shame. She deserves to be right up there with Norah Jones. Well, it's fine with us if she never collaborates with Billie Joe.

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