Nicole Atkins

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The term “old soul” is often thrown around willy-nilly, but singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins truly embodies a voice from a past generation. Atkins’ croons sound more like the Ronettes or Roy Orbison than any contemporary, for which she has plenty of thanks to give the state of New Jersey. Growing up a stone pony’s throw away from the local music mecca of Asbury Park, the Neptune, N.J.-born and raised firebrand has drawn immense influence from her surroundings. This included a chance encounter with the indelible one, The Boss himself, at a Jersey benefit gig. Springsteen and Atkins chatted for hours, with the former dishing out some savvy advice. By the end of their conversation, Atkins had Bruce’s personal contact info. Attempting to self-produce and release her third LP, Atkins reached out to the man—and Springsteen personally posted her PledgeMusic link on his Facebook page, boosting her album budget to $50,000. The result is Slow Phaser, released in February to critical acclaim.

The hypnotic Atkins has flirted with mainstream success before, dropping her debut, Neptune City, in 2007 on Columbia. Though the album was revered by critics, Atkins didn’t reach the stardom the label had hoped, and the two went separate ways. With Slow Phaser, she seems primed to finally break through, aided by a summer on the road with the venerable Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds for a leg of their U.S. tour, including the Philly date in July. Tonight, she headlines at JB’s. // DANIEL GELB

9:15pm. $12-$15. With Arc Iris + Davey Horne. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. johnnybrendas.com

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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1201 N. Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/27/2014. .

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