Impassioned, melodic songs about personal autonomy and interpersonal conflict from Julia Jacklin and Black Belt Eagle Scout made for an absorbing double bill at Philly’s Johnny Brenda’s. Terrific guitar work, too, from Black Belt Eagle Scout’s Katherine Paul.
Highlights: Black Belt Eagle Scout’s “Soft Stud” and “Indians Never Die” (both off last year’s Mother Of My Children, which has just been re-released by Saddle Creek) and Jacklin’s “Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You” and “Body” (both off Crushing, issued by Polyvinyl in February).
—M.J. Fine; photos by Chris Sikich