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Nicole Atkins @ Lee’s Palace

Nicole Atkins @ Lee's Palace
Nicole Atkins @ Lee’s Palace

. : : February 17th, 2008 : : .

There was something I loved about British girl-group, the Pipettes, that defied all logic.

I mean, they were the product of everything I hated about those late 90-s girl-groups (and boy-bands); contrived, manufactured, and reliant on that grrl-powered gimmick that the Spice Girls perfected a decade earlier.

Maybe it was the nostalgic 60s sound and matching costumes, or the infectiously cotton-candy sweet songs, but I just couldn’t get enough of them, and was thrilled to catch them performing at Lee’s Palace.

I knew nothing of opening band Nicole Atkins and the Sea, and it was a clever (but risk-taking) promoter who teamed her up with the Pipettes. While the Pipettes were sugar-coated, 60’s pop throwback with two-and-a-half minute, hook-filled pop songs, Nicole Atkins was orchestral-infused rock-teetering-on-punk with a voice so powerful it barely needed a microphone to be heard at the back of the venue.

Nicole Atkins @ Drake Underground

. : : December 3rd, 2011 : : . It seems like it’s been a really long time since I’ve seen Nicole Atkins live. I first saw her in 2007, and then again less than three months later in the early part of 2008. I guess I took the proximity of her home state of New Jersey for granted, assuming such frequent visits to her northern neighbours was the norm. So, then, what’s the opposite of “when it rains, it pours”? When it’s dry, it’s drought? Well, there was definitely a Nicole Atkins drought in Toronto thereafter. Breaking an unbearably REALLY LONG two year streak of…