Saturday Night: Au Revoir Simone, Social Studies and Alexa Wilding @ Great American Music Hall
|Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone|
Au Revoir Simone
July 10, 2010
@ Great American Music Hall
Better Than: A date with your crazy ex-girlfriend
Guys, if you've ever wondered what it's like to be a woman, look no further than last night's show at the Great American Music Hall. Though each act featured female vocalists, that's not what made this show supremely, annoyingly girly. I may have a gender-ambiguous name, but I am indeed female, so trust me when I say that the combination of Alexa Wilding, Social Studies and headliner Au Revoir Simone was akin to a bout of PMS. And more than one "that time of the month" is two too many times.
Alexa Wilding opened the show, captivatingly pretty in a gothic black dress with an eerie voice that turns from honey to vinegar when faced with a sharp vowel. After the first number, her music quickly became redundant, but her sound and look was just different enough to retain interest. She was the calm before the storm.
|Au Revoir Simone|
Though the music took a backseat to girl talk, I will say that Au Revoir Simone sounded best when the girls sang in unison. There was no shortage of keyboards -- six to be exact -- and lots of other sounds radiating from a machine. I think electronica band Zero 7 masters this type of music; however, by the looks of the audience singing along, Au Revoir Simone has amassed a following. Forster made a point to feed San Francisco's ego, saying the city is one of her favorite places to play because the audience is so receptive. But I can only speak for myself, and by the end of a three-song encore, I was past ready to say au revoir.
Girl power: Au Revoir Simone seemed to have a great rapport. (They even wear their hair in the same droopy, banged fashion.) I'd like to catch them when they're not having such an off night.
Close call: Annie Hart's pregnancy announcement was a lucky break for me, because I was about to go off mere speculation. People, take note: Girls love you saying they're pregnant when they're not.
Saving grace: The Great American Music Hall is breathtakingly ornate and dark -- perfect for dreamy music.