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Jun 4 2007

The Pipettes and Smoosh @ The Black Cat

Saturday, after a hellish five hour flight that landed half an hour late, Ms. Smith was nice enough to cook me dinner and take me to see Smoosh and The Pipettes at the Black Cat. My energy level was running low when we entered the venue, but luckily both groups had plenty of energy to spare (the less said about the opener, Monster Bobby, the better).

The Pipettes are, as some are wont to say, the sound of one pan flashing, but no matter how you feel about the group, they put on a great show. There were plenty of choregraphed dance moves to go along with the group's throw-back, doo-wop sound, and best of all, the girls seemed to be enjoying themselves. The crowd certainbly did. Think of them as the female Art Brut. You either get it and totally love it or you don't.

For me, Smoosh was the standout act on the bill. And not in an "Awwwwww, cute" kind of way. They had some great tunes and held their own on a musical level. They are seasoned veterans, despite their respective ages, and their set left no doubts with the audience. Their stage manner could use a little work, although I imagine that will come with age. The singer looked around and smiled nervously whenever she wasn't singing, in a kind of "Wow, there are a lot of people here. Hope I don't screw up" kind of way. But if I had braces and was up on stage belting out some killer tunes, I'd probably be the same way. Seriously, nitpicks aside, I walked out a fan. You should definitely catch them when they come through your town. Here are the remaining dates:

06-07 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06-08 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
06-10 San Diego, CA - Casbah
06-11 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06-12 San Francisco, CA - Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
06-14 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
06-15 Vancouver, British Columbia - Plaza Club

[MP3] The Pipettes | The Burning Ambition of Early Diuretics [via Pizfork]
[MP3] Smoosh | Find A Way

Posted by Kyle in Photos | Permalink


i really would have liked to see smoosh perform something off "she like electric." have they already outgrown songs like "it's not your day to shine" and "make it through?"

Posted by: jillian at June 4, 2007 2:01 PM

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