Nicole Atkins. What more is there to say than she has one of the best voices in popular music today. Some might think that absolute hyperbole. See her live, and we can talk again. (And for Pittsburgh, the chance to see her live again is coming sooner rather than later. She will bring a full band to South Park on June 16.)


With a set that teased her upcoming release “Goodnight Rhonda Lee,” one can now can hardly wait for the July release date.


An absolutely stunning set was highlighted by “A Little Crazy” from “Goodnight…” and her always captivating cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying, which still induces goosebumps.

For a Tuesday night, a weeknight where a lot of the nearly packed Mr. Small’s crowd would have to get up early for work the next day; they didn’t care as they were being treated to a rip, roaring 90-minute set by the Old 97s.


For a band formed in Dallas in 1993, nearly 25 years later, they are going strong. All those years together have made them a tighter band. While the set highlight material off of their latest “Graveyard Whistling,” it was the older material that could almost be heard in a different light. The unquestionable highlight of the show was the show-closing “Timebomb.” It was incendiary as it nearly obliterated the venue with an energy and power that is missing from the recorded version.