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Mirah, Mirah Rocked Them All

Mirah_15There were all brands of indie-cute-rock going on at Bowery Ballroom recently when Mirah headlined with Sub Pop signee Benjy Ferree opening.

To be frank, we were only vaguely familiar with Mirah's back catalog going into the show: we only had half the excellently understated "Advisory Committee" and a track from a mix CD a friend kindly gave us called "The Light." The tiny, warm voice on this tune-smith was always pleasant to these ears but never much sought out.

That changed after seeing the Philly native perform with her two piece backing band. Darling banter, perfect pitch and endearingly self-conscious guitar-work had the crowd, including us, practically eating out of her hand.

Mirah (Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn) played a guessing game with the crowd as she revealed a capella versions of songs from her forthcoming "Share This Place" featuring Spectratone International... the album's theme revolves around the imaginary narratives of bugs and fans surmised which insects she was singing about. She performed songs from all her records. She sang happily while drummer Bryce Panic beatboxed in the encore track "Nobody Has to Stay," their "live" version of the track from the "Joyride" remixes album.

Mirah_07 Whereas Mirah cooed her way into people's hearts, Ferree made headway with a sledgehammer. This incredibly entertaining goober played most of his debut album "Leaving the Nest," all the while making strange off-hand remarks and silly attempts to gain attention in between songs. He was boisterous, colorful and one helluva singer, though the crowd wasn't quite sure what to do with him. We knew what to do, though: clap and whoop. The perfect summertime artist.

July 20, 2007 | Permalink

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