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- Posted on Sep 16th 2010 12:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
The show was billed as a record-release party, though it hardly felt like one. Rose and her band didn't play last -- that honor went to Light Asylum -- and the singer-guitarist made only passing reference to the group's self-titled debut, out Sept. 21 on Slumberland.
By now, Rose ought to have the record-launch thing down pat. After all, she's been a member of the backward-looking Brooklyn noise-pop outfits Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls, as well as the Dum Dum Girls, a fuzzed-out neo-Ronettes girl group based in her home state of California.
Of course, Rose played drums in all of those bands. With the Outs, she's front and center, a place she seems entirely comfortable. On opener 'Save Me,' when her guitar crapped out, she simply picked up a tambourine and doubled the Hal Blaine beat being laid down by drummer Kate Ryan. Rose, Ryan and guitarist Margot Bianca sang three-part harmonies, floating spectral, reverb-enhanced vocals atop the tune's blissful wash of guitar and bass.
'Candy,' up next, was a punky, beachy head-rush, and introducing the song, Rose talked about how she and Outs played their first show roughly a year ago. In their short time together, they've grown into a versatile group, and Wednesday night, they broke the dreamy California vibe with the sleazy garage-blues stomp of 'Must Be Nice' and a nearly a cappella version of Arthur Russell's 'You Can Make Me Feel Bad.' They also covered 'You're No Good,' a 1975 smash for Linda Ronstadt.
Frankie closed with a trip to 'Girlfriend Island,' a place where, by the sound of it, all the girls rock beehives and carry switchblades but really just want to hold hands. Perhaps it's somewhere on the L train?