The rock 'n' roll troubadour has always evoked a certain romanticism. Jesse Malin is no exception, with his knack for Springsteen-esque lyricism and city-gritty themes of love, loss, longing, and redemption. After an eight-year tenure as frontman of glam-punks D-Generation, Malin has been a solo artist equally as long. His new record of all covers, On Your Sleeve, features genre-crossing selections, from Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" to Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'." His version of the Hold Steady's "You Can Make Him Like You" was one of the songs that stood out among Malin's originals at his Fine Line performance in July. However, a bit of confusion remains. While he takes the first leg of his tour stateside, technically Sleeve is only being released in Europe and the U.K. this month. It'll be a shame if it isn't gracing the merch table on Thursday. De Novo Dahl opens with their seriously catchy indie pop, undoubtedly wearing their trademark quirky matching outfits. 18+.
Thu., April 10, 8 p.m., 2008