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Monday, March 29, 2010

What To Do? Nellie McKay @ Great American Music Hall

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 7:10 AM

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Nellie McKay @ Great American Music Hall

Our love of Nellie McKay knows few bounds, because she's the female Rufus Wainwright, she's Lucille Ball plus Janeane Garofalo, and most of all she's a mad, cracked master of lyrics. But why should this feminist be interested in Doris Day, the musician whose many layers of lacquer most exactly embody the opposite of feminism, and whom McKay covers on Normal as Blueberry Pie? Wait -- that question answers itself. And while Day was seen as just a pretty face for music played, arranged, produced, and recorded by men, McKay does most of the above either by herself or with her mom. Her arrangement of this most whitebread of all music is daring, complex, and laudably creative, yet will enchant the shit out of OG Day fans.

Howard Fishman opens tonight at Great American Music Hall, 8 p.m., $21.

For more Monday options, check out our calendar recommendations.

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