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Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, Some Velvet Evening, Butterfields 17+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., April 27, 7 p.m. 2014

Before I listened to All Her Fault (Transdreamer), the latest from Brit roots expat Holly Golightly, I’d read that she and her partner, Lawyer Dave (the sole member of the Brokeoffs), had spent six months making it—the longest time they’d ever spent on a recording. In the press materials Golightly says that the two of them “exhaust[ed] every avenue of potential” for the album’s dozen songs—all of them originals, except for a cover of the standard “Trouble in Mind.” But if any part of me expected to hear an elaborate studio confection, the record set me straight instantly when I put it on—the only real change to the duo’s scrappy postpunk take on American roots music is the addition of honky-tonk piano to several tunes. Still intact are the nicely ragged harmony singing, the primitive guitar stabs and strums, the primal grooves, and the plangent waltzes. Some tunes revisit familiar blues and country tropes; another rhapsodizes about rescuing horses, and “SLC” excoriates the overregulation of ordinary vice in Salt Lake City (“Why you want go into Salt Lake City / Where you can’t get fucked up, can’t get shitty?”). All Her Fault isn’t about making converts—it’s for true believers. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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