[COUNTRY] + THU., JULY 27
Country music can get a bad rap, but that’s usually because those critics have only heard country Top 40, which can be extremely boring. Enter South Carolinian Nikki Lane clad in custom Nudie suits and a leopard coat. She sounds like Loretta Lynn, if Loretta had grown up on rock ’n’ roll, and has a smooth voice that cracks when warranted. Lane plays Stage AE tonight, showcasing her latest album, Highway Queen, which celebrates all your road-trip dreams, complete with gambling, heartbreak and driving into the sunset.
7:30 pm. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $15-17. 412-229-5483 or www.promowestlive.com