So I kinda have a crush on Marissa Nadler. I had never heard her music live before and was completely enchanted by her somber set at The Echo, which, though dimly lit, was encouraging and beautiful.

For the duration of her set, Nadler’s voice was as perfect as her stage presence, which was laidback and sweet. She is clearly not pretentious, and I could tell the music she writes comes from the right place. No ego-driven writing here.

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Nadler’s band was top-notch, too, from their BVs to their solos. The heavy bass kept all the kids content while the maturity and showmanship kept the adults on their toes. This show had a nice mix of classic and modern sounds — fun for the whole family.

They played a lot of the newest album, Strangers, and, although very produced on the album, the songs were executed beautifully live, wrapping us all in an alluring atmosphere. A highlight of the set was the cover of Neil Young’s “Needle and The Damage Done,” a soft and sultry take on the song, the polar opposite of, say, Dave Matthews’ cover.



What can I say? The show was great. I even Snapchatted it, which I seldom do, so you know it checked a lot of boxes!

Now check her out:

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