The week in music, from a rare chanteuse to raucous Sickert & Army of Broken Toys
Monday: Dori Cameron
21-plus show from 8:40 to 9:20 p.m. at P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville. Admission is $5 at the door for a bill with All Taken, Exit Academy and Luke Domozick (with doors at 7:30 p.m.).
Dori Cameron represents a refreshing niche in a music community suffused with punk and Americana – though often presented in a rock context, her work is actually unabashedly torchy and theatrical, making her the closest thing to a cabaret chanteuse you’re likely to see locally pouring her heart out live.
Tuesday: Heather Mae
This is a good moment to catch Heather Mae. The singer-songwriter, dubbed “the new queer Adele” by Germany’s L-Mag, is a sweet and tuneful voice for those looking for simple anthems against racism, slut-shaming, fat-shaming and the other isms and ites that turn our society into a giant bummer. But she’s also roaring into Cambridge fresh off a win in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, held Saturday in Colorado.
All-ages show from 7 to 11 p.m. at Out of the Blue Art Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. The bill includes Steve & The Believers; Vivid, Complex; The Join; and Andrew Marshall.
One of the most interesting things about what Hope Vista and Greg Almeida are doing with their band is that it has big, even anthemic, production and ideals despite coming from an all but miniaturized source: a duo performing in small venues touring behind a concept EP. The idea behind that is big too, though, described as Vista creating “The Oasis – a metaphorical safe haven … for anyone looking to find a sanctuary in music amidst a world in crisis.”
Thursday: The Wolff Sisters
21-plus show at 11:15 p.m (with doors at 8:30 p.m.) at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $8 in advance (or $9.27 with the online service fee), or $10 at the door. The bill includes Minor Moon and opener Aurora Birch.
Rebecca, Rachael and Kat (playing with The Last Calvary, a backing band with Mike Gluszak, Jake Jones and JennHwan Wong) have two modes for their gritty blend of rock, blues and roots music: contemplative Cowboy Junkies and a genially soaring approach that might remind you of The Band. Both make you feel like you’re being invited to sit and share a crackling campfire – which is a damn good trick for a bunch of native Bostonians.
Friday: Bobby Floyd and Lydia “LovelySinger” Harrell
Bobby Floyd has played with Dr. John and the Count Basie Orchestra and Lydia “LovelySinger” Harrell is this year’s Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition winner, but don’t let the classically silky stylings con you into thinking this is all about the standards. Though Harrell crushes “All of Me” and “Embraceable You” and does as well with smooth originals such as “Don’t Let It,” her entry into the year’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest was “Black Friend,” in which she puts some people on alert: “I don’t want to be your black friend / I just want to be your friend.” Also on stage will be Walter Platt, trumpet; Jesse Williams, bass; and Marty Richards, drums.
Saturday: Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
Sickert and the Toys have been local fan favorites for years for their circus-like atmosphere of pleasantly dangerous mischief and often stunning live shows. They arrive at The Sinclair with a bunch of new material, including from September studio album “Come Black Magic,” the RPM Challenge album “Wake Up Your Head” from March and Sickert’s soundtrack to the film “Some Freaks,” released this month. The “Come Black Magic” live video gives a sense of the band’s unrelenting energy.