Mic Check: Nicole Atkins at the Beachland Tavern on Tuesday

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Nicole Atkins plays the Beachland on Tuesday.
Nicole Atkins plays lush dream-pop that cribs inspiration from at least three different decades. The most obvious influence is Roy Orbison, whose orchestral, operatic ballads in the early ’60s still rank among pop’s all-time greatest. But Atkins’ debut album, Neptune City, also contains elements of David Lynch’s soundtracks, 1970s British rockers, and contemporary indie-pop. Atkins, a New Jersey native, builds her first CD around a gotta-break-free concept that recalls homey Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run. Both albums set their songs in the swamps of Jersey. Both artists nod to the past both musically and personally. And both artists dig Orbison (remember the Boss’ shout-out in “Thunder Road”?). Neptune City is certainly a studio product – all the bells and whistles give it a gorgeous sheen. But Atkins pulls it off live, too. -- Michael Gallucci Nicole Atkins performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the Beachland Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road. Tickets are $8. Call 216-383-1124 for more information. For a preview, listen to “Maybe Tonight” below.

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