ARTS Pick: Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse goes back to the future of the music on his new self-titled record. Publicity Image. Nick Waterhouse goes back to the future of the music on his new self-titled record. Publicity Image.

California roll: Before his foray into making music, SoCal native Nick Waterhouse listened and studied, learning from obscure masters of songwriting before launching his own unique style steeped in vintage R&B, jazz, mid-century rock ‘n’ roll, and a hint of bugaloo. His eponymous fourth album is a culmination of the purposeful songwriting and attentive production techniques that make his modern-by-way-of-analog “Waterhouse sound” so distinct.

Saturday 5/18. $20, 8:30pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.