Wild Belle

In 2010, Chicago musician Elliott Bergman fired his younger sister Natalie from his Afro-jazz band Nomo because his bandmates thought her atmospheric vocals made their music less danceable. Natalie now appears to be having the last laugh, though—she and Elliott soon formed a duo called Wild Belle and last September signed a major label deal with Columbia Records, who will release the band's full-length debut, Isles, next March. Wild Belle makes the kind of music for those who perpetually long for the summer month—breezy, buoyant reggae pop bolstered by Elliott's florid saxophone riffs and Natalie's balmy vocals singing bluesy lyrics like "Same song, again and again/You rob me twice and I keep coming back/Why can't I keep you?" It's sultry, plaintive, and, actually, very danceable. With Deep Sea Diver, Pretty Broken Things. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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