Wed August 12, 2015 9:00 pm $13 (advance), $15
Like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, NIKKI LANE turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. For her hotly anticipated sophomore album, released in May 2014, the Nashville songstress teamed up with Dan Auerbach of THE BLACK KEYS to produce All or Nothin'. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.” Minnesota singer-songwriter FRANKIE LEE has been writing and performing world weary alt-country songs since he was just a teenager. On his new album, Middle West, he paints portraits of sorrow, loneliness, blurry memories, and the country (as seen on the song "Country"). LEE's hazy Americana is a fresh response to the crap you'll find on the "pop country" charts and The Line of Best Fit calls his newest single, "Where Do We Belong," "an old-soul performance in the vein of classic country-wanderers." A power-trio of sorts, Chicago's NORTH BY NORTH head in a completely different direction, playing more angular, heavy rock that's veers in spastic-but-anthemic directions. The band celebrated the release of their first LP early last year. The record is called, Something Wicked, which is the perfect titled for the ball of hook-laden, noisy fury they've created in all EIGHTEEN songs. Fans of fuzzy, bluesy rock'n'roll aren't gonna want to miss their set tonight - be sure and pick up a copy of the record on your way out.