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Concert Review: The Blow @ The studenthouse, Copenhagen 11/9

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the Studenthouse bar (University of Copenhagen's student bar) and suddenly saw Khaela Maricich doing her sound test on stage. Well, it turned into quite a night. This is, of course, Khaela Maricich aka "Get The Hell Out of the Way of The Volcano" aka "Get The Hell Out of the Way of the Wave" aka The Blow. This small bar was the last stop of The Blow's European tour. On the question of "Why end in Denmark?" (The country is smack in the middle of Europe.) Khaela told me that she actually lived in Demark for a time and knows (some) Danish. (This is more impressive then it sounds, Danish is a really difficult language.)

The show was something amazing. I usually am not a fan of artists who use only recorded beats and their voice at shows, but Khaela made it something special. One thing that sets her apart: her dancing. She was *beep*ing fantastic. It is possibly the first time I've seen good dancing at an indie concert. Also, Khaela weaved in narratives of how to write songs when she wasn't singing. This was a bit silly and often heartbreaking, but it gave such character to the set. We listened and we believed. We tried to figure out what song would be next. We were treated to an a cappella version of "My Sharona" (also awesome). I at least felt like these stories gave me some connection to Khaela. The fact that she probably tells the same story to every audience, and yet I still felt like she was saying something special, is a testament to her ability.

Of course the music was amazing, as expected. We laghed, we cried, we danced our asses off. See her if you can!

I think I have a new indie music crush. (Yes, I know she's gay. I can dream, can't I?)

Recommended reading:
Miranda July interviews Khaela for The Believer June/July 2007 (music issue)
An interview with the song "Hey Boy" <--Highly recommended Musik: Bonjour Jeune Fille - The Blow
Parenthesis - The Blow

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