Kate Nash is a sensation on MySpace, and she's more than a little notorious for Lily Allen's endorsement of her. It might make some wince to hear that, but sometimes you do what you have to for exposure, and this time the praise is well deserved, regardless of who's giving it. The 20-year-old U.K. songstress penned her demo while laid up in bed with a broken foot. Already a hit on the British charts, Made of Bricks was released in the U.S. last January. Her sound is bright, filled with piano and guitar strumming that is poppy without sounding overproduced or saccharine, and as with her British contemporaries one only has to listen to the lyrics to hear the tartness and the bite. Nash tells stories familiar to many disenchanted young adults; her disappointment and rage are often masked with teenage wit and sarcasm, but they're there. While she may sing of bad relationships with drunken men who puke on her trainers in songs like "Foundations" and "Dickhead," there is hope for a happy ending yet; after getting dumped in "Merry Happy" she announces defiantly, "I can be alone, yeah, I can watch a sun set on my own." Getting dumped was never so bittersweet. The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a crazy-weird act that creates family memories and campy pop-rock songs using found videos and slide shows, will open. 18+.
Sat., May 3, 6 p.m., 2008