When: Sun., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. 2012
If you click around on soul/R&B artist Nick Waterhouse’s Tumblr, you’ll find photos of guys like Champion Jack Dupree and Mickey “Guitar” Baker and deep cuts from old R&B labels like Blue Beat and Imperial. And on this year’s Time’s All Gone, you’ll hear Waterhouse crooning viscerally over loose, throbbing, redlining garage-soul grooves with the sort of cool, natural swagger we haven’t heard much of since the days of Ray Charles and Fats Domino. Thing about Waterhouse, though, is he’s a twentysomething white dude from San Francisco. He’s frequently lumped in with fellow neo-soulsters like Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Raphael Saadiq and Sharon Jones, and understandably so. But unlike Ronson, et al., Waterhouse does his thing with the sort of lo-fi production, brash brass and decadent BGVs that rarely so much as acknowledge any music made past 1965. And most importantly, the songs are good. Also on tonight’s bill are fine Californian psychedelic rockers Allah-Las.
D. Patrick Rodgers