omething happened, and we’re head over heels for Kimbra. Myriad reasons line our brains as to why, but namely it is the blaring pipes, stage-shaking confidence, and her spontaneous fits of tambourine. The New Zealand bombshell, recognized for her vocal contribution to Gotye’s hit, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” packed Bardot elbow-to-elbow last night.
With record numbers of RSVP’s and a line 2 blocks long for the free weekly showcase, School Night curated by KCRW’s Chris Douridas, Kimbra overwhelmed the dark and elegant, Hollywood cave. Kimbra-selected support act, Mini Mansions heated up the room with their psychedelic Beatles rock and a perfectly haunting homage to Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”
With barely enough space to bust anything reminiscent of a dance move, eager Kimbra fans–those lucky enough to make it into the venue–managed to snugly jump and sway to the whirling force that is Kimbra live. Like a tornado, Kimbra hit the stage with projectile vocals and twirling skirt riding high on the tangible energy of her adoring and lyric-mouthing audience.
Every line sung with an emphatic fist punch. Every beat given the proper hip thrust. Yes, the girl can dance, but it is her powerful vocals that put startled looks of impression on onlooking faces. The night’s ‘favorite song award’ went to “Settle Down” and “Cameo Lover,” although smooth sailing of the entire set list proved just how well-received her debut album is. Electrifying each song and dance with her signature big notes, Kimbra has definitely earned her position as the best new notch on Warner Bros. Records’ artist belt.
The final verdict: It looks like she is having the time of her life up there, and that is the rubber-stamp of a great live show. For those of you Angelinos quick enough to snag tickets to her sold out show tonight at Los Angeles’ Troubadour, enjoy! Next on her tour? Switzerland and Australia. Get tickets while they’re hot.