TEEN @ Union Pool, 2/14/16

Valentine’s Day over the weekend was a night for lovers… of all flavors of live indie pop! TEEN, a Brooklyn band consisting of sisters Teeny, Katherine, & Lizzie Lieberson & Boshra AlSaadi, headlined a sold out night at Union Pool donned all in red. The performance was in honor of the impending release of their third record, Love Yes, on Carpark Records. The new songs we heard continue to refine and evolve their style of energetic pop flush with group harmonies. Hypnocraft presented the evening’s performance.

Prior to TEEN was a pleasant surprise in catching half of Cibo Matto, Miho Hatori, playing solo cuts under the name Miho Hatori’s New Optimism. A lot of what we heard here tonight was great, which is no surprise given the success Hatori has had so far. Often upbeat, slightly spacey pop that’s really fun to bounce around to defines it decently. Unfortunately lacking however, was live percussion, the absence of which is felt all the more with musicians on bass and keys. Hopefully, it’s amended as New Optimism evolves. Hatori’s plans for the project aren’t public knowledge and no singles are online, so its future seems a bit of an enigma.

Gemma, who we featured in Beet Box last Summer, opened the night and were the icing on the cake to lure me out. The chill and calming R&B sounds that Felicia Douglass (Ava Luna) & Erik Gundel have created on their debut, As Ever, were brought to life with drum and bass (Ethan Bassford of Ava Luna) on stage. I’m glad to have finally caught one of their shows.

Between sets, the Jennifer Vanilla Dancers, led by Becca Kaufman (Ava Luna), would dish out some interpretative dance in the increasingly tight confines between acts. The interludes were a cool departure from the usual.

If you want to catch TEEN live and live anywhere in the US East of the Rockies, you’re in luck. This performance kicks off a national tour around SXSW, and you can catch them tonight at Ortlieb’s in Philly. Maybe they’ll even play another show here again on their return.

Teen Dates

Feb 17 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
Feb 18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Feb 19 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Feb 20 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
Feb 21 Chicago, IL @ Hideout Inn
Feb 22 Cincinnati, OH @ Monday Night at the Comet
Feb 24 New Haven, CT @ BAR FREE SHOW
Feb 25 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
Feb 26 Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook University
Feb 27 Hudson, NY @ Half Moon
Mar 09 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
Mar 10 Asheville, NC @ Tiger Mountain
Mar 11 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
Mar 12 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Mar 13 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
Mar 14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Mar 16-20 Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar 21 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Mar 24 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Mar 25 San Diego, CA @ Whistle Stop Bar
Mar 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Breezer Vol. I at Fais Do-Do
Mar 28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Mar 29 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
Mar 31 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
Apr 01 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Apr 02 Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladyfest GR
Apr 05 Toronto, ON @ The Silver Dollar Room


Miho Hatori’s New Optimism

Jennifer Vanilla Dancers