Friday, September 30, 2011

Nikki Lane Album Release feat. Denney and the Jets and The Alabama Shakes Tonight at The Basement

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Yeah, we've already mentioned this show a time or two. But A) I wanted everybody to see the above video of The Alabama Shakes playing their tune "Hold On," and B) I wanted everyone to read Jewly Hight's pick regarding Nikki Lane's new record:

If you miss the hillbilly bite of Those Darlins’ first album, Nikki Lane is your woman. But don’t expect the buzzed-about South Carolina-bred Nashvillian to take the same approach as that band to blending ’60s-inspired country and garage rock. For starters, her brand new full-length Walk of Shame — arriving on the heels of her Gone, Gone, Gone EP — is drenched in echo chamber reverb, which dramatically softens the edges. The more important difference is that Lane’s sultrily sullen singing and her penchant for writing songs that make you feel the painful consequences of people’s actions (in the punchy, bopping title track, a wild night is cause for remorse; “Look Away” is a warning; “Save You” resolves in a graveside scene of regret) give her oeuvre a darker tint. “Hard Livin’” may be hooky and rollicking, but it reports the struggles of a housewife in a way you won’t hear from anybody else but the Pistol Annies right now. —JEWLY HIGHT

Denney and the Jets are on the bill, too, celebrating the release of their "Killin' Machine" 7-inch. Starts at 9 p.m., cover is $7.

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