What to Do Tonight: Diane Birch

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Diane Birch is kinda like an American version of Amy Winehouse. But without the crack addiction. Or skankiness. Or the tendency to wander city streets at 3 in the morning in a bathrobe. But she sings an awful lot like Winehouse, with soulful ache and occasional celebration that reach all the way back to ’60s R&B stars. The Michigan-born singer’s debut album from last year, Bible Belt, chronicles a lifetime of globetrotting (she’s lived in Los Angeles, New York, South Africa, and Australia, to name a few places). The 27-year-old connects with the past (her own, as well as R&B’s) in the horn-powered “Fire Escape,” “Fools,” and “Rewind,” all designed to showcase her big voice. But Birch isn’t a showoff. Like Norah Jones, she sneaks into songs without calling attention to herself. It all comes out sounding rather effortless, despite all the heat she’s giving off. Birch plays the Grog Shop at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets: $17 in advance, $20 day of show. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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