Dan DeLuca’s Mix Picks: ‘Dreaming of Dylan,’ Jingle Ball and The Regrettes
Also, Helena Deland at Johnny Brenda's and Doug Paisley at the Locks in Manayunk.
Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob, by Mary Lee Kortes. Brooklyn singer Kortes’ 2002 song-for-song cover album of Blood on the Tracks with her band Mary Lee’s Corvette earned the approval of Dylan himself. This charming, imaginatively illustrated book takes a tip from a lyric in 1963’s “Talkin’ World War III Blues” — “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours” — and gathers up odd, amusing, and kind-of creepy reveries — Dylan dressed as a nurse, Dylan house-training a dog in a stranger’s kitchen — from notables such as Patti Smith and Tom Petty biographer Warren Zanes, as well as fans who can’t get Bob out of their heads. Info on maryleeskorvette.com
Jingle Ball. This year’s annual cavalcade of Top 40 hitmakers presented by radio station Q102 is, as always, a Whitman’s Sampler of current pop confections, including Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Marshmello, Dua Lipa, and G-Eazy. (Though it’s not quite so star-studded as the Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden two day later, which also features Cardi B., Alessia Cara, and Khalid. Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.
Helena Deland. Montreal songwriter Deland moves from earnest folk to gently bouncy synth-pop on the multiple EPs she’s released this year under the title From the Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied.” She’s not altogether unaccompanied on those songs, but even when she’s backed by a band, she puts her pensive tunes across with an earnest clarity that’s earned her comparisons to the early work of indie-pop heroine Angel Olsen. Philly band Cherry, fronted by former Kite Party leader Russell Edling, is the opening act. Wednesday at Johnny Brenda’s.
The Regrettes. Hard-touring Los Angeles feminist punks the Regrettes are fronted by 18-year-old rock star Lydia Night and have proved themselves a powerhouse live act in previous Philadelphia tour stops. This one is well-timed to their combative new single “Poor Boy,” released in response to the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The song aims to raise money for the RAINN foundation in support of victims of sexual assault and rape. With Welles and Micky James. Wednesday at the First Unitarian Church.
Doug Paisley. Toronto songwriter Doug Paisley’s country-flavored folk songs are subtle and sweet, and on the new Starter Home, the guitarist captures the simple joy and quiet desperation of daily life on the title song, and breaks your heart recounting a life of missed opportunities on “Drinking with a Friend.” Philly guitarist and singer Rosali opens. Thursday at the Locks at Sona.