Rising Chicago Musicians Offer Throwback Sounds

Four local acts put a twist on a timeless style—and all hit the stage this summer

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Kelly Hogan

THE ‘60S-STYLE CHANTEUSE

KELLY HOGAN, 47
A beguiling vocalist who can flawlessly execute soul, country, and pop, Hogan spent the past decade backing up ascending musicians Neko Case and Jakob Dylan. But thanks to a new record, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (see “Kelly Hogan’s New Album Made the Old-Fashioned Way”), and a series of upcoming concerts, area audiences can soon hear Hogan on her own. It’s about time: Her pealing alto has never sounded better, and she has honed an impeccable mix of sensuality and heartfelt soulfulness that recalls Dusty Springfield.

“She’s one of my idols,” says Hogan, an Atlanta native who got her start singing Springfield and Burt Bacharach covers in her late-‘80s band, the Jody Grind. “Dusty Springfield, Bobbie Gentry—you hear the song first and then the singer. They never get in the way of a song.”

SONG TO SAMPLE: “Whenever You’re Out of My Sight, I’m Out of My Mind”
SHOW TO SEE: Millennium Park on May 28. For info, millenniumpark.org. Evanston’s SPACE on June 8. For info, evanstonspace.com.
 

MORE FROM OUR SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW:

13 Chicago Concerts to Buy Tickets for Now | Kelly Hogan’s New Album: Made the Old-Fashioned Way
The Perfect Summer Playlist | Inside the Mind of Pitchfork Impresario Mike Reed

 

Photograph: Lisa Predko; Hair and Makeup: Martina Sykes; Photo Assistants: Joanna Patterson, Lauren Butterfield, Lyndon French; Intern: Katie Donajkowski

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