Paolo Nutini

Twenty-two-year-old singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini confounds most expectations, from his name on up. Despite his moniker's Mediterranean sound, Nutini hails from Paisley, Scotland (though his father's side of the family is Italian, a few generations back). And despite his early shaggy, long-haired image, Nutini is not another dour rocker from his rainy homeland.

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Culture Room

3045 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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With Anya Marina and NRWO. Monday, August 31. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $19.99. 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net

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Rather, his 2006 debut album, These Streets, released when he was just 19, displayed a precocious knack for riding the "pop" side of indie pop. "New Shoes," the breakout single from that album and his biggest hit to date stateside, was an inescapable, hummable slice of cheerful acoustic-propelled soul. Not that he was incapable of seriousness, either. Deeper cuts from that album tackled heavier autobiographical matter with a relatively rough, bluesy sound. Take, for example, "Jenny, Don't Be Hasty," a first-person account of a failed affair with an older woman. While Nutini is a bona fide big star in the UK, where he will headline the massive V Festival in a few days, he's still working on conquering the States. As such, he'll tour smaller venues in support of his latest full-length, Sunny Side Up. This one sees him turning in some almost Van Morrison-style vocal performances, rubbed with the textures of classic American R&B and folk.

 
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