I went to go see Nellie McKay yesterday with Courtney and a few friends at the Independent. I only heard a handful of her songs so I really didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be a great show with just her singing and playing piano or occasionally ukulele. It definitely seems like she got her chops playing in piano bars. She is kind of hard to nail down since she is all over the map. The best way I can describe her sound is as follows: take a pop-pier Norah Jones, add in the political humor of Jon Stewart, with a dash of rhyming cadence from Tin Pan Alley songwriters such as Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, add in a beautiful voice like Liesje Sadonius, the original singer from Hooverphonic, with the soft spoken elements of Björk, some of the playful diction and word play of Danny Kaye, with influences from Patsy Cline, Blossom Dearie, Doris Day, and Nina Simone.

Anyway, great show except for a group of guys next to us using their outside voice during quiet ballads.

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