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She might have been in the music business since she was 5, courtesy ofher father — the late, great producer Don Costa. She might well be FrankSinatra’s goddaughter, and maybe she grew up surrounded by music icons.But one thing about Nikka Costa is obvious: With herknock-your-socks-off funked-up soulful voice and fired-up spirit, thisgirl would have made it, regardless of her roots.

She might have been in the music business since she was 5, courtesy of her father — the late, great producer Don Costa. She might well be Frank Sinatra’s goddaughter, and maybe she grew up surrounded by music icons. But one thing about Nikka Costa is obvious: With her knock-your-socks-off funked-up soulful voice and fired-up spirit, this girl would have made it, regardless of her roots.



The singer has recently stocked her YouTube channel (Nikka’s Box), with fun videos for her June-released R&B meets electro pop EP, “Pro*Whoa!”



For the lovely ballad, “Chase the Thrill,” she re-created the shower scene from “Psycho.”



She boxes with members of her band in the vid for the EP’s title track. But what’s this shoutout titled “Streaking,” where she is stark naked?



“America is so prudish,” Costa says. “There’s a bar over my boobs most of the time. Then there’s one part where I walk away and the bar stays there and I go, ‘Ooh ooh’ — and pull it back across.”



Don’t get too excited though. Viewers do not get a quick flash of flesh.



“They get a blurred flash, which just goes to show you that America is retarded. In Europe they’d be like, ‘Why is that bar there?’ the whole time.”



If you go



Nikka Costa

with Bronze Radio Return

Friday, 9 p.m.

Middle East Upstairs

472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

$15, 18+, 617-864-3278

www.mideastclub.com

 
 
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