Music » Critics' Picks

Nick Waterhouse

10 p.m. Friday, September 28. Plush, 3224 Locust Street.

by

comment
The soul-revival arc, from Sharon Jones to Mayer Hawthorne, takes the mid-'60s as a starting point and the late-'70s as an endpoint. On his debut album, Time's All Gone, Nick Waterhouse draws a bead on the earliest geniuses of soul — Ray Charles and Solomon Burke — and blasts them with hipster cool, even as he sings like a wiry punk at heart. This California kid can hold his own against a ménage de sexpot backup singers, a sweaty cavern of slap-back reverb and a baritone sax with the tone of a barge honking all the way to New Orleans. There's no turning back when you're this rock 'n' soul gone.

Make or Break: Waterhouse recently scored a slot on Live From Daryl's House, the Daryl Hall-produced broadcast that helped launch the far more polished Fitz and the Tantrums.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.