As comfortable singing Tom Waits as she is singing Noël Coward, the winsomely natural Mulder is one of the cabaret world's biggest breakout successes of the past five years. Her new set is devoted to songs by Nobel-winning troubadour Bob Dylan.
In addition to her skills as a chameleonic singer and actor, Amber Martin is a consummate host who has spent years at the hub of the downtown alt-performance world. Every Monday at Sid Gold’s, Chelsea’s swank retro piano bar, she invites a different pal to perform an hour-long set of music and/or stories. The chummy party vibe continues afterward, when people are encouraged to stick around to mingle or even sing a song or two themselves.
Formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., this band takes it Motor City roots and tongue-in-cheek moniker to extremes—the members have been known to don racing suits and trucker hats onstage. But don't let the gimmick inhibit you; their sunny pop and effortlessly fun live sets are totally worthwhile.