Posted in music | pictures on January 25, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt

My Brightest Diamond

"Friday night's double bill at Bowery Ballroom was hard to beat. Toronto's Basia Bulat played a rootsy solo set, accompanying her powerful, penetrating vibrato with fierce autoharp and guitar. A real talent; here's hoping she brings her full band the next time she comes to town.

My Brightest Diamond, playing their first NYC show in over a year, took a more high-concept approach, filling the stage with white ladders and balloons; a young girl passed out balloon animals during intermission. Lead singer Shara Worden, who's been spending more and more time following pseudo-classical pursuits, was a commanding stage presence with her flamboyant attire and voice of operatic proportions. (Worden studied voice at the University of North Texas before being seduced by the rock siren.) Oh, and she played lead guitar, joined by Nathan Lithgow on bass and Brian Wolfe on drums.

Why this show (at $15 a ticket) had tickets available at the door while that talentless harpie managed to sell out four nights at Radio City says a lot about the state of our brainless culture."
[Feast of Music]

The good news is that Bowery Ballroom did sell out on Friday night, though it wasn't as packed as your usual sold out show (so still a bit of a crime). She's recognized by everyone from Sufjan Stevens to David Byrne, and she consistently blows away audiences every time she shows up (for instance at Dark Was The Night). She even has the ability to sell out Bowery Ballroom, but I think Shara Worden still may be one of the most underrated voices in NYC.

I ran to see My Brightest Diamond after the Dawn Landes show, and before I went back to Mercury Lounge to see an after midnight set by Serena Maneesh. Before running back to Mercury we asked Shara if she wanted to play at Music Hall on Saturday. The rest is history.

For Basia Bulat, Bowery Ballroom was her 2nd NYC show in two days. Her schedule also included a record release show at Professor Thom's on Thursday.

More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...

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Comments (10)

Lady Gaga has more talent in her pinky than that My Brightest Diamond girl could ever have.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 9:58 AM

She has an amazing voice. Sounded really good at MHOW on Saturday night, as well

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:01 AM

o anom you so silly

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:08 AM

au

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 10:14 AM

Young girl was passing out balloons? She was an adult...

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:13 AM

Somebody get the photog a press pass cuz there's way too many photos framed by silhouettes

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:32 AM

atlantic/pacific

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 11:37 AM

This was a fantastic show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 12:31 PM

Basia Bulat = Bombshell Babe


Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 12:58 PM

Did anybody catch Shara's setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2010 12:59 PM

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