singles night

sarah borges and the broken singles: binky, sarah borges, rob dulaney, lyle brewer

sarah borges and the broken singles: binky, sarah borges, rob dulaney, lyle brewer. the band plays tonight at the dame.

On Diamonds in the Dark, her fish-out-of-water 2007 album for the usually bluegrass-heavy Sugar Hill label, Boston songstress Sarah Borges and the her band The Singles rip through roots-savvy country and pop with the uninhibited feel the late ‘60s must have mustered. Her voice is clear, bright and a little on the sly side.

Best of all, the record comes packed with irony. Borges makes X’s Come Back to Me all her own with a purple-ly, twilight hued twang. But later, a crunchy original called Lonely Town of Love packs a punch that sounds for all the world like latter day X. And that goes without mentioning the album’s coolest treat: an ambient, torchy and deliciously desperate version of Tom Waits’ Blind Love.

We say this because Borges – who looks a little like actress Marisa Tomei and sounds a lot like Americana empress Neko Case (at least when her music favors after-hours country) – is in town tonight for a Dame debut that, for some reason or another, has received almost zero publicity. $6 gets you in the door, folks – six lousy bucks. Surely, you can’t come up with a better deal than that on a Thursday night.

Borges and her Broken Singles – guitarist Lyle Brewer, drummer Rob Dulaney and a bassist by the name of Binky – are in town ahead of the late March release of a new album called The Stars Are Out. It’s loaded with cool originals, from the pop hullabaloo of Me and Your Ghost to the more brutish Do It For Free to a ‘60s take on a ‘80s Smokey Robinson hit, Being With You. Hats off to Ms. Borges for also having the immense and insightful taste to take a crack at Yesterday’s Love, a 1980 Clive Gregson tune from his early days with the British post-punk pop band Any Trouble.

So there you go: still more reasons to make this Singles Night at The Dame. The purposely primal juke joint music of J. Marinelli and his Angry Young One Man Band will open. Those checking out Donna the Buffalo tonight at the Kentucky Theatre should take note, too. Sarah and company will be playing just up the street and ought to be hitting the stage right around the time the Buffalo head to the range. Go ahead, make a night of it.

Sara Borges and the Broken Singles with J. Marinelli and his Angry Young One Man Band perform at 8 tonight at The Dame, 367 East Main. Tickets are $6. Call (859) 231-7263.

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