Betty Who, Live In NYC (Concert Review)
If you hadn’t already noticed, Miss Betty Who is one of my favorite up-and-comers on the pop scene this year.
The (as of yet) unsigned indie-pop singer-songstress has been grabbing headlines across the blogosphere and beyond with her brilliant debut EP The Movement, which has continued to serve as a shimmering companion for my Summer ’13 playlists.
As a card-carrying member of the Who Crew, I made my way down to Mademoiselle Who’s latest NYC show at Pianos Bar last night, following her debut showcase in May. Evidently, she’s gained a few new fans since her last show — the place was completely packed. And once again, she was fantastic: Huge vocals, endless charm and solid comedic timing to boot. (The girl truly knows how to vamp.) I mean…the fact that this is, like, her second time ever performing a show in NYC? Pretty extraordinary.
Betty performed all 4 tracks from her EP (well, duh), as well as a few new ones she’s been working on for her follow-up, all of which you can hear below: There was “Alone Again,” an immediately catchy, ’80’s-inspired heartbreak anthem called “Giving You Away” and a vulnerable ballad which saw the songstress whipping out a guitar (very edgy and chic, as she noted) called “Silas,” which reminds me of Kate Nash‘s gorgeous “Nicest Thing.” Plus, she threw an incredible cover of Miguel‘s über-sexy “Use Me” into the mix, backed by nothing else but her trusty bass player and a whole lotta soul ‘n’ sass.
Check out all the videos and photos from the show below. Apologies if a few of the clips are sort of weird and muffled or whatever — you really can’t allow me to have a drink and expect me to operate a camera properly.
The Movement EP is currently available for free at Betty Who’s website.
Photos and video via Samsung Galaxy Camera from AT&T.