Jazz

Crackerboots

When: Thu., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. and Thu., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2012

Melissa Mathes and Bill DeMain seem like a musical match made in heaven. Both have explored jazz, bossa nova and lounge-y pop over the years — DeMain in Swan Dive, his project with Molly Felder, and Mathes in a variety of projects, including the Family Wash’s extremely popular bossa nights. Those styles are evident in their new collaboration, with Mathes singing, DeMain playing guitar and both contributing to the writing process. On songs like “Please Don’t Rush Me” and “Nobody’s Chasing Me,” Mathes’ vocals have an otherworldly ethereality reminiscent of Joanna Newsom (though Mathes’ voice is notably less elfin), but also a sultry delivery that suggests a higher-pitched Billie Holiday. Much of Crackerboots repertoire is crying out for placement in a Mad Men episode — the perfect sonic backdrop for yet another of Don Draper’s romantic conquests. For their Thursday-night residency at Rumours East, Mathes and DeMain will be joined by a rotating cast that includes pianist Micah Hulscher, drummer Dave Harrison, bassist Tim Marks and Jim Hoke on pretty much any instrument he can find. Talk about music tailor-made for romancing at a wine bar — Crackerboots may just provide that extra je ne sais quoi you need to seal the deal. Not that we’re suggesting you need help or anything.

Jack Silverman

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