Emily Long at The Basement 

Love is a Battlefield

Love is a Battlefield
A lot of female singer-songwriters who grew up during the ‘90s learned the model for doing what they do from the introspective, confessional women who launched Lilith Fair — which, by the way, is being revived this year. Emily Long may fit the first part of the profile, but she seems to take her cues from a different bunch of women — say, Pat Benatar and Blondie and the tough, danceable guitar rock with sex appeal they were making during the early ‘80s. You’d never know Long is from the Southwest — Tucson, Ariz., to be exact. She’s plenty at home in Brooklyn rock clubs now. When I Was In Love With is the fiery, red-haired keyboard player’s debut album, and her band is driven by raw, wiry, new wave guitar playing. But her big, dramatic vocals that tend to burst into a self-possessed vibrato — squarely in the Benatar tradition — are the main event.
Mon., March 15, 8 p.m., 2010

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