Last-Minute Plan: Anna Calvi @ Bowery Ballroom

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Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman";} For those still smarting from Anna Calvi’s canceled tour dates -- she missed out on SXSW and more due to an injury to her arm -- Wednesday’s raincheck should satisfy: The South Londoner brings her trademark bombast to the Bowery Ballroom on May 25.

Calvi — whom Brain Eno called “the biggest thing since Patti Smith”— is already massive in her native U.K., where her spring shows sold out in a heartbeat. On the strength of her just-out debut self-titled album, and what’s repeatedly described as “mesmerizing” a live show, she’s hoping to bring U.S. audiences to their knees. 

The half-Brit, half-Italian (Britalian?) artist’s material is rife with clear musical touchpoints: She calls to mind PJ Harvey, what with the vocal timbre and emotionally bleedy lyrics (no surprise that Rob Ellis, Harvey's drummer, is the disc’s co-producer). The operatic bombast is pure Florence and the Machine but also a little Edith Piaf (whose tune “Jezebel” has become a Calvi-cover trademark, though it’s not on the disc).

And the darkness recalls Nick Cave, whose outfit Grinderman Calvi joined on tour last fall). Brain Eno’s a fan; he’s called her “the biggest thing since Patti Smith.”  

Anna Calvi with special guests Cuckoo Chaos and She Keeps Bees, Wednesday, May 25 at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St.; (212) 533-2111. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. Tickets $15 advance/$18 day of show, available here.


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