Armed with an impressive voice, undeniable cuteness, and just the right amount of snark, Kate Nash unsurprisingly emerged as an indie "it" girl when single "Foundations" popped up on the charts in 2007. But after a quick rise, she dropped off the hype radar, giving the idea of releasing a strike-while-the-iron-is-hot follow-up a big middle finger in the process. Now she's back with a new album, My Best Friend Is You, that sheds much of the twee piano ditties on her debut in favor of big, Motown-aping singles along with odd forays into rock and, um, angry slam poetry. Nash is still singing about the girls she hates and the boys she wishes didn't hate her, but it's unclear how audiences will react to some of her new musical choices. Minneapolis is one of only seven cities on her U.S. tour, so getting the opportunity to sate your curiosity with a live show is a chance you shouldn't pass up. With Supercute. All ages.
Wed., May 5, 6 p.m., 2010