05/01 Detroit, MI Magic Stick *
05/02 Toronto, ON The Shop *
05/03 Albany, NY Valentine's *
05/05 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
* with DIIV
My all-time favorite Slumberland band, Black Tambourine, has long been defunct, but lead singer Pam Berry’s influence still lingers in today’s shamble pop scene. Frankie Rose, the drummer from Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls, is a prime example of this with her debut 7” Thee Only One.
The Olsen Twinns
Last up was Frankie Rose. The start of her set was delayed slightly by some technical difficulties, which Frankie filled with some talk of trying to find a place for dinner before the show (she recommended Taste of Thailand), threats of trips to the bathroom (but not onstage - “this isn’t a GG Allin show” she joked) and her brother stripping for us (he plays guitar in her touring band). Once things got underway, the too short set -- it was 35 minutes maybe -- was filled with nearly every song off her latest release, the retro 80s synth-soaked, Interstellar. She threw in a couple songs off her 2010 release, Frankie Rose and the Outs, and before the audience knew it, the show was over. Even though the set was short and the lack of encore was disappointing, the songs were polished, poppy and crowd-pleasing -- check her out when she hits your town.
Frankie Rose at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (04/29/12)