Nicole Atkins & My Best Fiend
City Winery (155 Varick St., Manhattan)
6:30pm doors, 8pm start
With her throaty vibrato and nostalgic, orchestrated pop songs, singer/songwriter Nicole Atkins brings to mind a blend of Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn and Jenny Lewis. Atkins was raised in Neptune, NJ — a town whose influence would later play a large part in her debut album — and relocated to North Carolina during her late teens to study illustration at UNC Charlotte. After befriending members of the Avett Brothers and logging several years with the alt country band Los Parasols, she briefly returned to the tri-state area, where a series of open mic performances in Manhattan’s East Village helped her hone a sound that was more indebted to pop music than her work with Los Parasols.