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A Wednesday Dance Party with Pomplamoose at The Bowery Ballroom

September 25th, 2014

Pomplamoose – The Bowery Ballroom – September 24, 2014

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There is an art to covers—a balancing act, if you will, between reinvention and cheesy imitation. The Californian couple of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, aka Pomplamoose, have tackled a slew of artists ranging from Beyoncé to Eden Ahbez and have garnered a large fan base from their YouTube videos. It’s difficult to pin down the duo to a genre, as the two float between pop, jazz, blues, punk and folk. Whether doing covers or their own original songs, the pair infuses jauntiness to every melody they tackle. In front of a sold-out crowd at The Bowery Ballroom last night, Conte and Dawn kicked off the night fittingly with the introductory “Hey, It’s Pomplamoose.” Dawn announced the night would be a dance party as she barreled into Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” For the doo-wop sway of “Bust Your Knee Caps,” references to the Italian mafia rang through the lyrics but the bouncy cadence had the fans singing the chorus to the end of the ditty.

The evening turned toward covers from a “Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup” to Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy,” after which the backing band exited to leave the couple front and center. While Dawn attended to some battery issues with her earpiece, Conte proceeded to entertain the crowd with stories from their tour. As they ad-libbed through the technical hiccup, their personalities shined through. Fueled by a crowdsourcing engine Patreon, Pomplamoose aren’t signed to a label, and they produce largely through funds from their patrons, a few in attendance last night. Some covers (Mark Owen’s “Makin’ Out” and Pat Ballard’s “Mister Sandman”) hit stronger than others (Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and the Beatles’ “Come Together”).

Dawn’s playful vocals shown through on “If You Think You Need Some Lovin’” and telegraphed a resemblance to Feist and Inara George of the Bird and the Bee. Conte playfully called for a James Brown “hit me” moment egging on the band to “Another Day.” He continued the frivolity on “Get That Body Back” by asking the audience to part ways to create a circle that he proceeded to occupy by “going crazy” in and recruiting fan upon fan to join him. To top it off, both Conte and Dawn stage dived and crowd surfed before ending the set with the timely cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.” Returning to the stage, Pomplamoose encored with “Centrifuge,” while an accordion was being located. That fine instrument would put the icing on the cake for the evening as Dawn lulled the crowd with Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose.” —Sharlene Chiu

 (Pomplamoose play Music Hall of Williambsurg tonight.)

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The Dirty Pearls Play Hometown Show Tomorrow Night

January 3rd, 2013

The Dirty Pearls play a high-energy brand of swaggering rock and roll that’s steadily drawn a crowd since forming more than four years ago and has seen them open for the likes of KISS, New York Dolls and Andrew W.K. The five-piece—Tommy London (vocals), Sunny Climbs (guitar), Tommy Mokas (guitar), Dougie Wright (bass) and Marty E. (drums)—put out their first LP, Whether You Like It or Not (stream it below), over the summer. And with songs like “New York City Is a Drug,” it’s not hard to figure out why they’ve long had a loyal local following. The Dirty Pearls (above, playing “Love Sick Love”) are “straight from Rivington Street in the Lower East Side”—they’ve even gotten a shout-out from onetime LES denizen Lady Gaga—and frontman London says, “New York City is the inspiration for everything from our attitude to our clothes, to where we hang out, to the music we make.” Even further, he loves the band’s hometown fans: “It’s such an amazing high when you give the energy and receive it right back from them. It’s the reason why we do it.” And when asked of his favorite NYC venue to play, London says, “There is nothing more special to me than playing The Bowery Ballroom.” So there ought to be plenty of love in the room when the Dirty Pearls open their tour there tomorrow night.

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Webster Hall Welcomes Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur Tomorrow

December 12th, 2012

There’s no doubting Orlando Higginbottom’s musical background. He’s been a music teacher, his father is the choir conductor at University of Oxford, and he grew up listening to classical music. “I thought Mozart was really cool. I had a book, an A to Z of composers, that I read every night. They were like rock and roll stars to me.” But then as a teen, his tastes began to change, leaning more toward party music. Higginbottom has since gone on to do remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, but he’s more recently become known for his own solo project, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. His sound rests in the Venn diagram overlap of pop, electronica, house and rave music, and his debut album, Trouble, led by first single “Garden,” was met with acclaim and commercial success. But, really, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur (above, doing “Household Goods” at this year’s Bestival on the Isle of Wight) makes music to move you, which you can do live and in person, tomorrow night at Webster Hall.

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Lady Gaga – Terminal 5 – May 2, 2009

May 4th, 2009

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You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Lady Gaga in her self-designed bubble dress. Was she naked under there? It sure looked like it from where we were standing, which was pretty far back. The crush of 15-year-old girls in the front was just too intense to navigate. Many of them seemed to be having the best time of their young lives, lustily singing along to all the songs while also nervously pulling on the shortest skirts their parents would let them wear out of the house. I shared a drink at the bar in the back with one New Jersey dad who was chaperoning his daughter and a friend for the evening and he clearly had no idea what he was in for. When Gaga sang, “I want to fuck you as hard as I can,” his face crumpled like Lee Harvey Oswald’s after Jack Ruby shot him in the gut.

The Gaga formula is nothing we haven’t seen before—equal parts dominatrix and girl next door—but her attitude is stronger and more sexually powerful than we’re used to. She makes Britney seem like a prudish hag. And her confessional bits between songs were kind of winning, as calculating as they might be. The theme was: “Invent yourself. I did, and look how well it’s worked out for me!” Gaga also seemed genuinely grateful to be so lovingly received in her hometown. “Do you know how many times I played in clubs in New York and they didn’t know the words to any of my songs and they threw beer on me?” she said, and then added, “Sometimes I like getting beer thrown on me.” Pour another drink for dear old dad. —Joey Pisarcik