Singer and bassist Inara George is some kind of wonderful. Cheeky and genuine, she has an easy rapport with the crowd of hipster girls who want to be her and hipster boys who want to be with her. It's no surprise when it begins to feel like the Inara George Show.
The three backup singers with the sweetness of watered down doo wop, in matching pink slips and wide, white headbands, finger snap and sway in unison. Rounding out a full stage is her partner in rhythm and rhyme Greg Kurstin, and some well-trained and dynamic musicians to back her up.
Singing through heavy lids in a geometric Mod mini-shift, George's voice is rich, pitch-perfect and clear as a bell, surpassing itself on record. The album's opening track, “Again & Again,” has the rapt crowd singing the refrain, and when it ends, someone yells a fitting line from the song – “Do it again!”
The group effortlessly runs through its debut album, injecting fresh energy to a record that the audience has obviously listened to ad nauseam. Other standouts include a new song, the earnest, electronica-infused “Fucking Boyfriend,” calm, vocal showcase “Spark” and a sped-up cover of the Carpenters' “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”When the set has seemingly ended, everyone produces such an uproar, rarely heard outside of larger venues, that George obliges with one last cover of the Bee Gees' “How Deep is Your Love.”