Jessica Lea Mayfield

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In what’s turned out to be one of the most exciting revelations of 2014, female alt-country’s love affair with dark and heavy rock has morphed into a seemingly triumphant genre, pulling together some of the freshest talent in the game. Jessica Lea Mayfield rounds out a very fine trilogy of young women who have all put out their third albums in the first third of 2014—joining Lydia Loveless and Angel Olsen in turning in banner years in their respective careers. Mayfield’s brand new one, Make My Head Sing…, has surprising flecks of heft along the lines of Nirvana and Dinosaur, Jr. The Akron native’s ties to Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) are well-documented; his presence as a player and producer on her first two yielded gentler, more pensive, wounded and emotional records. But this one, without her fellow Ohioan in the studio, has materialized a bit more sludge and grit—and it’s awesome. The opener, “Oblivious,” feels like the kind of rage and energy Marnie Stern’s trail-blazed for female shredders. “Do I Have The Time” tweezes out the sweet sadness of Hope Sandoval, while “Unknown Big Secret” idolizes My Bloody Valentine’s drawn-out drone.

Mayfield’s cited Nick Cave and Dave Grohl as spirit musicians, and like them, she’s just going for it, a true original on the rise giving zero fucks about conforming to a specific genre or aesthetic. That’s the kind of rock musician we cherish and revere. // BILL CHENEVERT

9:15pm. $13-$15. With Gambles. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 04/29/2014. .

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