Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Jon Drake & the Shakes, Singleman Affair | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Jon Drake & the Shakes, Singleman Affair Member Picks 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended

When: Fri., May 13, 9 p.m. 2011

Holly Golightly admits that her music hasn't changed much since she started out with Thee Headcoatees in northern England two decades ago. "I'm proud to say that I don't think there's been much development at all, really," she declares in the press materials for her terrific new album, No Help Coming (Transdreamer). She's selling herself short, though. In the 90s Thee Headcoatees played a raw mixture of stripped-down garage rock and girl-group pop, but with her "band" the Brokeoffs (solely consisting of guitarist, drummer, and singer Lawyer Dave), she leans toward primitive, rural country and blues. It is true, though, that Golightly's fascination with American roots music has never wavered; it remains so strong that she moved from the UK to remote Madison, Georgia, four years ago. The new album's ramshackle arrangements accommodate seductively simple hooks and a kind of sneak-up intensity, and Golightly's seemingly average voice veers from detachment to piercing focus and back again, teasing tuneful accents out of the stern, archetypal melodies and adding a layer of spookiness that's all her own. Though she's been playing this music for 20 years, Golightly makes it feel magnetic—even fresh—with her subtle melodic prowess and peculiar charm. 17+

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