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Monday, August 3, 2009

8/5: Candye Kane at Beachland

Posted By on Mon, Aug 3, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Blues belter Candye Kane has fought many battles in her life. Growing up on the poor side of Los Angeles, she became a teenage mom and then a skin-mag pinup before turning to her true love of music. “The Toughest Girl Alive” (to borrow an album title) also has combated prejudices and perceptions (like sexism and size-ism) over the years, but her hardest challenge came in 2008 when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kane’s new album, Superhero, serves as a testament to her victory over the disease. On the lively set of blues-based tunes, Kane convincingly plays naughty (“I’m A Bad, Bad Girl”) and nice (the multilingual love ode “Ik Hou Van Je”); lusty (“I Like ’Em Stacked Like That”) and lovelorn (“You Can’t Stop Me From Loving You”). Her no-nonsense attitude emboldens “Hey! Toughen Up!” as she admonishes people not to squander their lives. However, the songs that bookend the disc really epitomize Kane’s empowering sense of survival. The roadhouse-rocker title track leads off with her growling the line “I’ve always been a fighter.” The song conveys her feisty “there’s no way I’m laying down and dying” outlook. Kane closes the album with the a cappella “I’m Gonna Be Just Fine,” a moving, hymn-like number that avoids sounding like an affirmation. But don’t think that she’s gone all serious. A Candye Kane show still is a sassy, brassy bash, and maybe she’ll even bust out her Wonder Woman costume when she plays the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124) at 8 p.m. Dani Wilde and Blue Lunch open. Tickets: $14 advance, $16 at the door. — Michael Berick

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