Only so many recording artists have a name that offers a guarantee of quality, and Chicago-by-way-of-Atlanta vocalist Kelly Hogan belongs to that select group. From her days in neo-lounge outfit the Jody Grind to her undervalued solo work to her years harmonizing (and trading quips) with Neko Case, her rich voice, quick wit, and exquisite taste have distinguished everything Hogan’s done. If the Flat Five is a group effort, she harmonizes beautifully with Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall in a collective that re-creates the choir-pop sounds of the Association and the Free Design. Their finger-snapping debut, It’s a World of Love and Hope, may be a little different (less country, more jazz) than Hogan’s previous projects, but it’s every bit as delightful. KATHY FENNESSY
Note: this show was postponed from Wed Jan 11 to Sat Jan 14.