Hot Ticket: Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea

The self-dubbed purveyor of “pop-noir” plays a rare area gig at Bell House on August 6

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009  |  Updated 11:46 AM EDT
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Hot Ticket: Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea

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Nicole Atkins beings her powerhouse vocals and dark pop vibe to Bell House.

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In a music scene crawling with spare-sounding Feist wannabes, Nicole Atkins is that rare bird: A female singer-songwriter unafraid of high drama, good old-fashioned bombast, and big, catchy pop hooks.

She’s a little bit Dusty Springfield (especially on the breakout track “The Way It Is” from her debut disc “Neptune City”) and a little bit Roy Orbison, with just a soupçon of Stevie Nicks in her voice. (Check out her recent cover of the MJ chestnut “Ben.”) This Jersey girl hasn’t been in town much of late (blame a busy, all-over-the-place touring schedule), so it’s a treat to catch her at Brooklyn’s Bell House next week.

Details
Nicole Atkins & the Black Sea
Thursday, August 6, 8PM
Bell House, 149 7th Avenue between Second and Third Avenues, Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-643-,6510
$15
For more information and to book tickets, go to thebellhouseny.com

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