Local Licks

This week we review Lila Nelson, Aaron Germain, Rykarda Parasol, and Addison.

Lila Nelson, We Never Came. This short but sweet EP is a perfect little taste of what Lila Nelson can do. With a style that blends folk, pop, and indie and a softly lovely voice, Nelson is a classic old-school singer-songwriter in the Joni Mitchell tradition. In a sea of throwaway pop idols, it’s nice to see a few real musicians still around. (self-released)

At Subterranean Arthouse (2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) Sunday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., $10

Aaron Germain, Before You Go. Veteran bass-player-for-hire Aaron Germain proves his skill on this release. Even if progressive jazz isn’t really your thing, you have to admire the degree of technical prowess on display here. Germain is a talented musician, and he’s assembled an impressive collection of locals to back him up. (self-released)

At Rassella’s (1534 Fillmore St., San Francisco) Monday, Feb. 22. 8 p.m., TBA

Rykarda Parasol, For Blood and Wine. Imagine that Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen had a baby and raised her in a cool dive bar — that baby would be Rykarda Parasol. With a deep, throaty voice and some deliciously nasty lyrics, she’s a great antidote to all that is banal and tedious in the current music scene. Think dark cabaret — it’s awesome stuff. (self-released)

At the Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) Thursday, Feb. 18. 9p.m., $8

Addison, Applied Mythology. This EP will make you wish Addison would hurry up and release a full album. With crunchy, jagged rock guitars and melodic vocals, “Freeze Out” falls at the heavier end of the indie spectrum. Addison has been around for a while and it shows — its sound is tight and well arranged. Catchy and immensely likeable. (self-released)

At Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco) Friday, Feb. 19. 9:30 p.m., $10


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