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Like a 19th-century peddler, Keli Carpenter used to cart a box full of fabric and craft supplies from town to town, supporting herself by designing and selling original and whimsical clothing, accessories and silver jewelry. A decade ago, she settled down in Tucson; she says it was time to "plant a garden and see what would grow." Here, she may be best known for her band the Tryst, popular purveyors of original funk and soul tunes featuring Carpenter's sultry, bluesy vocals. But holiday shoppers can still find her designs at Bohemia, where they are likely to find her, too: She's the store's manager.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Grateful Dead, 1993, Oakland Coliseum. Wow!

What CDs are in your changer right now?

On the iPod: Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stay Human; Sufjan Stevens, Illinoise. At work: The Desoto Caucus, Elite Continental Custom Club; M. Ward, Hold Time.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Five hundred or so CDs, 50 assorted vinyl albums and a grip of audiocassettes I haven't listened to in years.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Sure, sometimes, usually on iTunes.

What was the first album you owned?

It was the '80s when I finally got my first CD—Breathe's All That Jazz.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Nina Simone, "Feeling Good."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Somehow, I know all the words to Metallica's Master of Puppets and ... And Justice for All.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Stevie Wonder. No one gives it up like Stevie! He blows my mind every time!

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Tie: Ani DiFranco, Educated Guess; Michael Franti, Live at the Baobab.

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