On Friday night I saw Of Montreal at the Showbox here in Seattle. I'm not going to write about Of Montreal for two reasons. One, I could gush on for ages and no one wants to read that. And two, because you can read praises of their new album "Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?" and see Kevin Barnes' various states of nudity on stage almost everywhere on the internet.
Instead, I write praise for one of the opening bands,The Blow. Khaela Maricich has great stage presence, and her quirky pop with not-so-subtle sexual undertones reminds me a lot of Anna Oxygen. Her entire set was a seamless woven tapestry of spoken word anecdotes and synthetic pop. She opened with a capella "How Naked Are We Gonna Get" which set the stage for the rest of the set. It strikes me as funny that on iTunes her work is labeled explicit; to me it simply tells the truth. I guess I'll let you be the judge of it. That being said, no mp3 can relay the stage presence that Khaela has. She danced her heart out in a way that I do not often see on stage. But I'm pretty sure that's a good thing.
The Blow- How Naked are We Gonna Get? (A capella live in Houston)
The Blow- Parentheses
The Blow- Hey Boy
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