- Parri Thomas
- Friday & Saturday, Sept. 27 & 28, 8 p.m., 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, $27.50/adv, $30/door, all ages, gothictheatre.com
There’s something to be said for going the traditional DIY route, pressing your own CDs and driving cross-country in a van to play bars that may or may not pay you at the end of the night. If nothing else, it builds character. A less physically taxing route, if you can pull it off, is to join the legion of internet personalities who use YouTube as a platform for videos of themselves covering other artists’ songs. Many of them adopt the Pomplamoose strategy, which is to release novelty versions of hits like Hall & Oates’ “Maneater” and Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” both of which were borderline novelty tunes to begin with.
Dorothy “dodie” Clark, on the other hand, opted for a more earnest approach. Over the course of the past eight years, the 24-year-old Brit has amassed some 400 million views while covering the likes of Kirsty MacColl, Edith Piaf and Regina Spektor, an artist to whom she’s often compared. More impressive, though, are her three self-released EPs, which showcase a talented singer-songwriter with original material that’s emotionally resonant without resorting to solipsism or cliché.
If you want to be won over by a single track, watch the official video for “6/10,” a heartbreakingly bittersweet song with hushed vocals, austere chamber-pop accompaniment, and lyrics like “Can you see the panic inside? / I‘m making you uneasy, aren’t I? / What goes on behind the words? / Is there pity for the plain girl?” Given her growth as an artist, it’s only fitting that dodie’s current U.S. tour is devoted entirely to original material, with the lone exception of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” It’s also gratifying to see her selling out midsize venues and, in all likelihood, getting paid at the end of the night.