Friday, April 14, 2006
Guest Blogger: Monica! Jenny Lewis Live!
We've never done this here at All Things Go before, but there's always a first for everything (like that night with GWFAS and ATG in the hot tub). Loyal reader and, apparently, awesome writer Monica asked if she can post a review and a few pictures of a recent Jenny Lewis show she attended, and being the nice guy I am, I agreed. Let Monica know if you enjoyed the review because she might be just like us here at ATG; insecure little girls who love ego boosts and, of course, My Little Ponies. If you consider yourself to have "exceptional" taste in music, Jenny Lewis should ring a few bells. As most of us know, she fronts an amazing band, Rilo Kiley but she is currently promoting her first solo attempt along with the very folk-y and kind of creepy, Watson Twins. I was able to catch her show at the Birchmere in good ol' Alexandria a few weeks back, along with openers, Whispertown 2000 and Johnathan Rice. Whispertown's set was just fine, I can't say much though, I spent my time smoking cigarettes by the woman's bathroom. Unlike the dull Whispertown kids, Johnathan Rice put on a great set, albeit, short, but nevertheless, I walked away wanting to pick up his album, Trouble Is Real. Fortunately, his opening set wasn't the last we saw of him, he played along with Jenny her entire set, even providing a great duet with Ms. Lewis towards the end of the show. With a great intro song, Jenny along with the Watson Twins, did a beautiful acapella version of "Run Devil Run" before beginning her set. She played a couple new songs, including a "love song" by the name of "Jack Killed Mom". An upbeat song eventually turned into an all-out jam session, complete with Johnathan Rice rockin' hard on his guitar with Jenny on piano. Personal favorites such as, "You Are What You Love", "Big Guns", and "Rise Up With Fists" sounded great live. Our last look at the beautiful Ms. Lewis was the snap-and-sing acapella song along with the Watson Twins. Overall, the show was incredible, Jenny was great and I can vouch for all my friends who were there with me, we'd definitely see her again, and again. Here are a few pictures i took of the show (click to enlarge). Thanks again to Monica for doing this review, and we hope to hear more from her in the near future. -Monica (& Zack)