Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside may appear, at first, to be a little too hipster for their own good. Ford herself is like the proverbial slice of pie from a '50s ad, with a cute little bob, vintage cat-eye frames, and a cardigan sweater to boot. She's got this funky voice that has its own built-in rhythm, and when she's accompanied by her band the Sound Outside, the entire ensemble takes on a distinct rockabilly vibe — with something more. The resulting sound is irresistibly vintage, perfect for a sweet, dewy summer evening. But far be it from Sallie Ford to be all sugar-coated niceties. She may sound like a delightful mid-century relic, but her lyrics and her very legitimate bravado are definitely modern. On 2011's Dirty Radio, Ford challenges the conventions of contemporary radio with her punchy lyrics, intelligent compositions, and startlingly off-kilter personality. With Swallows. 18+. (Photo by Melanie Brown)
Wed., May 23, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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