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Lola Marsh Launch New Tour Tomorrow Night at Rough Trade NYC

March 5th, 2018

Gil Landau (guitar and vocals) and Yael Shoshana Cohen (vocals, percussion and ukulele)—now joined by Mati Gilad (bass and vocals), Rami Osservaser (guitar, keys and vocals), Dekel Dvir (drums and vocals) and Ran Gil (keys)—formed the Israeli folk-oriented Lola Marsh five years ago in Tel Aviv. Their debut EP, You’re Mine (stream it below), filled with evocative lyrics, Middle Eastern guitar melodies and Cohen’s sultry vocals, arrived in 2016. Interview magazine says their “unique sound straddles the line between indie folk and electro-pop.” Their first LP, Remember Roses (stream it below), followed last year, sounding “inspired, matured and smooth. Yael and Gil have managed to free themselves from overwhelming influences—be it Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Edith Piaf—and compose a feel-good soundtrack for the summer season,” according to Vents Magazine. “The album shines with suave romanticism and sweet nostalgia. Friendship, love and fears from childhood are recurrent themes that flow throughout the 11 songs.” Lola Marsh (above, performing “Wishing Girl” for Paste Studios) launch a new American tour tomorrow night at Rough Trade NYC. And singer-songwriter Hillary Capps opens the show.


A Wednesday Dance Party with Pomplamoose at The Bowery Ballroom

September 25th, 2014

Pomplamoose – The Bowery Ballroom – September 24, 2014

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.)