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Sight & Sound: Nikki Lane

Music // Friday, 07 Mar 2014
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On March 13th & 14th, in Austin, Texas, Juxtapoz and Brixton will be presenting a special musical showcase, "Sight & Sound," at the Yellow Jacket Social Club, featuring two huge line-ups including the newly reformed Coachwhips, Reigning Sound, Fresh & Onlys, Natural Child, Together Pangea, Nikki Lane and more. Nikki Lane turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. Her upcoming album, tentatively titled Seein’ Double—produced by, yes, Dan Auerbach—is one of Nashville’s most anticipated releases. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life, so this is one moody record,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.”

Born in South Carolina, Lane moved to New York City and, after a messy breakup, picked up a guitar and set her sights on a music career. But the cost of living in New York proved to be too high an obstacle, so she turned to Nashville, a city she had visited extensively. “I was hell bent on living in a big city and I just couldn’t work up the nerve to come back to the South,” she says. “[When I did,] Nashville was the obvious choice for me because of my fondness for it.”
 
Once in town, she released the 2011 album Walk of Shame to rave reviews, as well as opening High Class Hillbilly, a pop-up vintage clothing stall, where a chance meeting with Auerbach turned into a full-fledged partnership. “During the first round of recordings, I was in an awkward mood every night I left the studio,” she says. “It was hard for me to trust that Dan was right when he said I should move a verse around or add an extra chorus. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later I found myself with a damn good record.” 

Stay tuned to Juxtapoz.com/Brixton-Sight-and-Sound for more updates in the coming weeks, as well as previews of each band and products we will be releasing at the Yellow Jacket, including tee-shirts by Grotesk and Nat Russell.