Next Wave Woman: Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm and her band infuse timeless Americana with R&B grooves, soulful emotiveness and a pop sophistication that contrasts complex musicianship with catchy melodies. Where many rootsy musicians are content to recreate the past, Nicki’s music innovatively blends multiple elements into her own inimitable tone.

1029_Women_Leadership_NickiLike many talents of the 21st century, Nicki Bluhm was discovered on YouTube. She and her band The Gramblers are music lovers and music lifers – they even play and record songs while riding in their van between gigs. After posting a “van session” cover of the Hall & Oates hit “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” the video is currently approaching three million views.
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Next Wave Woman: Kali Uchis

Kali Uchis will make you feel lazy – like you need to be a more productive human being. The 20-year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer/retro-future fashion icon has earned a lot of attention since the release in early January of her acclaimed EP, Por Vida, and for good reason.

1029_Women_Leadership_Kali“I find it crucial to remain true to myself, my vision, and to never compromise or let anyone take that from me,” says Uchis. Her mystifying aura, substantial musical prowess and aesthetic seem to reference every marginalized subculture of last 50 years. Already celebrated amongst diverse circles for some time now, Kali Uchis is a safe bet to soon to be a more broadly recognized phenom.
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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Retro rock ‘n’ soul band go modern.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.12.02 PMAlabama Shakes’ 2012 debut Boys & Girls rocked retrospectively like Aretha Franklin’s recordings at Muscle Shoals’ FAME Studios. Conversely, their sophomore album Sound & Color sounds more informed by D’Angelo and Flying Lotus. The instrument tones still resonate with vintage flair (the band sounds like they’re playing out of the same gear), but the production is very 21st century R&B. –Eric Shea

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

In the dude dominated realm of riff-rock, Ruby The Hatchet are a much welcome breath of fresh air.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.25.06 PMFronted by female singer Jillian Taylor, the Philly quintet’s second album Valley Of The Snake rocks with all the muscle of their heavily resonated contemporaries. But Taylor’s slightly raspy inflections bring a sultry strength that sounds like Stevie Nicks singing for Deep Purple. –Eric Shea

 

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Next Wave Woman: Jacqueline Novak

It’s a great time to be a female comedian. With the rise of new media, women can steer their own career paths in innovative ways. The inventive, commanding, and very funny Jacqueline Novak is a shining example of this trend.

1029_Women_Leadership_JacquelineA former poet, Novak’s lyrical tendencies weave throughout Quality Notions. Her voice is a brassy, lilting, cocktail that’s equal parts Judy Tenuta, Amy Sedaris, and Megan Mullally, served with a twist of old-timey 1930s Gal Friday. She’s meta without disrupting her conversational delivery, flirting with established gender tropes before plunging into an alternate take so original that the audience forgets gender was ever a factor to begin with. Despite her disarming use of grammatical no-nos (ain’t is a favorite word), Novak’s fierce intellect demands to be reckoned with, whether explaining how to eat a single slice of pizza or expressing love “the hound’s way.”
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