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Imelda May

The rise of Imelda May has been a slow climb, but a steady one. The singer began to round the Dublin burlesque circuit at 16, and even then, her fundamental traits were in place: pop-noir glamour that takes the blues as its home base, and the kind of big, theatrical voice that you’d imagine spends its nights melting hardboiled hearts in the smoky back room of some velvet-decked joint somewhere in a seedy part of town. Though she’s on the front lines of the rockabilly revival, her songs range far and wide into soul, 60s pop, and even shades of goth. May layers bubblegum catchiness over a slightly evil — and addictive — underside.

Sun., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., 2014

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Imelda May

The rise of Imelda May has been a slow climb, but a steady one. The singer began to round the Dublin burlesque circuit at 16, and even then, her fundamental traits were in place: pop-noir glamour that takes the blues as its home base, and the kind of big, theatrical voice that you’d imagine spends its nights melting hardboiled hearts in the smoky back room of some velvet-decked joint somewhere in a seedy part of town. Though she’s on the front lines of the rockabilly revival, her songs range far and wide into soul, 60s pop, and even shades of goth. May layers bubblegum catchiness over a slightly evil — and addictive — underside.

Mon., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., 2014

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‘Jeff Beck’s Rock & Roll Party with Imelda May & Her Band’

This guitar legend, who automatically gets listed behind Clapton on best string-bender lists, is the peer of the most vaunted ’60s classic rockers. In a better world, he’d be hauled out
as the go-to guy for blazing solos instead of Slash. Beck stands apart because his latest album is actually a nice, nostalgic blast of old-school rock. Live, he still wisely lets others take the mic–tonight, Irish singer Imelda May, who accompanied him at the Grammys and collaborated with him on the new record.

Mon., March 28, 8 p.m., 2011

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‘A Celebration of Les Paul with Jeff Beck’

Rock icon Jeff Beck has said that the first guitarist to ever impress him was Les Paul. Beck has been paying tribute to the recently deceased six-string innovator ever since with his choice of instrument (just look at the cover of Blow by Blow). At this year’s Grammy Awards, he paid further tribute by duetting on “How High the Moon”—Paul’s signature duet with his then-wife, Mary Ford—with rockabilly chanteuse Imelda May. And tonight will be Beck’s grand farewell, in which he’ll play a set of Paul’s tunes in the intimate venue the guitarist called home.

Tue., June 8, 8 p.m.; Wed., June 9, 8 p.m., 2010