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Wanda Jackson, Dex Romweber Duo Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., March 22, 8 p.m. 2011

If the word "brassy" didn't already exist, somebody probably would've had to invent it to describe Wanda Jackson. On early cuts like her breakthrough 1960 single, "Let's Have a Party," she sounds like the nightmare flip side of the prim pop debutantes of her day—with a ragged, audacious voice perfect for pushing needles into the red and a taste for shit-kicking material like "This Gun Don't Care (Who It Shoots)," which leaned heavily on the "billy" side of rockabilly. Her conversion to Christianity in the 70s and a concomitant transition to gospel music appeared to put an end to that, but over the past decade she's returned to her roots. Jack White produced her 2011 album, The Party Ain't Over (Third Man/Nonesuch), but thankfully he does little to rebrand her for the youth market. The cover of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" might have seemed like a hipster-baiting stunt—but only if Jackson hadn't completely owned it. The Dexter Romweber Duo opens. 18+. —Miles Raymer

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