SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Joan as Policewoman, Lido, 9pm
Though Joan Wasser – better known as the woman fronting Joan as Policewoman – comes from America, her music has always had more traction in Europe.
So it makes sense that she is returning this summer on yet another tour, still riding on the wave of success of her last album, the already year-and-a-half old “The Deep Field.”
And there’s something about the way Wasser performs: on record, her music runs the gamut of genre – incorporating the smoothness of jazz vocals, the syncopation of hip-hop beats, and a permeating indie aesthetic entrenched in a devil-may-care attitude – but it is in the live setting that Wasser is most compelling.
The informal approach underscoring a heart-on-her-sleeve vulnerability makes her likeable, and with raw, unadorned vocals there is no hint of pretension. Instead, it’s about the music: experimental and nuanced while remaining straightforward enough to easily digest. Natalye Childress
Lido, Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin; 030 69 56 68 40; U: Schlesisches Tor; admission €20.