“What a nice way to spend at Tuesday night,” said Neil Tennant in his first comment between songs at the Pet Shop Boys concert on April 8. He was addressing the crowd in an informal friendly way from the stage of the Fox Theater in Oakland for the beginning of this phase of their new tour.
Glam-drogynous Jeffree Star lives up to the title of his
sophomore release Beauty Killer (Popsicle) right from the start with the wham-bam slam of “Get Away with Murder.”
More Kylie than Ke$ha, Little Boots (a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh) joins the dance-dance revolution led by Lady Gaga with her album Hands. Beginning with the funky strut of “New in Town,” Little Boots promises to take us out tonight and show us “a real good time,” and she delivers.
After a decade of performing and songwriting, saxophonist Mindi Abair has stepped back into the so-called golden age of R&B, soul, and funk. The music, universally upbeat and screaming “shake your boogie til you drop,” is simple of purpose and even simpler of harmony, but it’s so much fun that it’s hard to resist getting up off the couch and dancing up a storm.