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Starting it all off is Aria Souder, who started off by herself and then gaining a cellist, then by the time "The Experience" was played, she gained herself a drummer (who incidentally was "working" at the Beat). She started off quiet, but ended loud... before going back to her solo self on the last song. She seems quite happy on stage and I get the impression that she's been around the stage and the Beat for a while now.
The Dirty Darlings brought a much needed upbeat energy to the bill. They also brought friends and families, who may have been in book clubs and math leagues. The Darlings sounds very garagey and definitely twee-ish. While they may be a little young, they certainly have an ear for great indiepop melodies and it should be interesting to see how these BFFs may evolve as a band.
The highlight of their set is their cover of Lykke Li's "Dance Dance Dance". It's too cute when Bri introduced the song: "It's by Lykke Li. She's Swedish. Er..." (as if no one's heard of her... as you know she's on my top 5 for 2008). Their version is definitely more fun and 'dance' and less tribal.
With just her amp and guitar, Holly Newsom did a series of "short songs". She seems to have a lot of songs. Possibly because she's normally in a band called Zoo Animal? I'm assuming she also writes and sings for this band? If not, well I think she should be. She has a very interesting way of singing and talking. Like a lazy southern sound.
Sydney Wayser ♥ the Beat, Minneapolis (9/16/09)
Bella Koshka♥Beat, Minneapolis (9/16/09)
The prospect is kind of neat: you can re-live Wayser's sunburnt or her endorsing of the $10 Indian food buffet. I guess food is not that inexpensive in New York (although when I was there, I had the best food from Indian to Egypt to Italian, since NY is a mashpot of ethnic cultures.)
Bella Koshka sounds like a very melodic European gypsy gothic music, with a bit of triphop thrown in! I think most of their set is from their 2008 debut album, Slow Dancing on the Ocean Floor, and every song heavily relies on Hilary Davis's violins and backing track. This proved to be a problem towards the end, when they had some minor difficulties with their background music not coming through.
Check out this video of Bella from last night, from minnscene.com:
I noticed they're playing with UltraChorus at the Nomad World Pub in a few weeks (Lara, who was at last night's show also reviewed UltraChorus)... so that upcoming show should be interesting.
You can pick up Slow Dancing on the Ocean Floor at amazon.