Posted in music | pictures on July 8, 2010

photos by David Andrako, words by Rachel Kowal

Holly Miranda

The crowd congregated at Littlefield, expectantly, as clips from previous concerts played in the background. A camera mounted on a pole extended over the audience to capture Holly Miranda's BV-copresented set for Baeblemusic.

Holly walked on stage to a chorus of "I love you"s from the audience and took her post, stage right. "Are you alright? Are you hot? Don't touch anybody," she joked after the first song. The room was definitely heavy with humidity. As the evening progressed, more and more sweat poured from Holly Miranda and her band. Miranda was joined by a small brass section (trumpet and saxophone) in addition to the usual bass, guitar, and drums and a bevy of surprise guests, including a violin player and four of her friends who jumped on stage to play the sleigh bells for one song. Miranda herself switched back and forth from a guitar and an organ.

Despite the fact that there were a couple of cameras capturing her every move, instead of looking into them, Miranda stared intently at the audience (when her eyes weren't completely closed). Throughout the show, people kept shouting out her name in admiration.

Miranda may be on the petite side, but she possesses a rich, soulful voice with a surprising range and her music is not for the faint of heart. Though some of the songs have mellow intros, they swell during the chorus and it quickly becomes clear that she means business. At the core, her songs fall more squarely into the rock category than your typical singer-songwriter fare. Even her soulful Etta James cover ("I'd Rather Go Blind") ended with Holly rocking out.

She closed her initial set with "Pelican Rapids," a newer song that calls for marriage equality for all. After a minute or two of applause, Miranda and her band came back on stage for a single-song encore ("Singular Acceptance") to cap off the sweaty but satisfying evening.

If you missed Holly Miranda, she's playing again at Prospect Park as part of the summer's Celebrate Brooklyn program. You can also catch her at the more pricy Vivo in Vino. Stay tuned for the videos from Littlefield. More pictures from the show, including one of the setlist, below...

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Comments (33)

TIMMY!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:36 AM

No way! She played a show and it was filmed!!!! That's just crazy. Never heard of such a thing in my life!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:39 AM

someone made a sarcastic comment on bv? HOLY SHIT! THAT'S SO CLEVER.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:43 AM

sounds magical! then what happened?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:45 AM

yawwnn

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:47 AM

I want to like Holly's music, but it just doesnt do it for me. But I wish her the best of luck as its hard being a female fronted band in the music biz these days without selling your soul.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:49 AM

awesome show

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:53 AM

What was the lesbian to dude ratio for this deal

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:54 AM

69:1

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:56 AM

10:49 took the works right outta my mouth or off of my keyboard. Holly ain't terrible but she just ain't that special. I guess when music is in such a sorry state like it is mediocrity is elevated in peoples eyes to greatness. There's a very good, valid reason her record isn't selling beyond it's already established fanbase!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:56 AM

surprisingly, 1:1.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:57 AM

I have no idea who Holly Miranda is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 10:59 AM

was great in dumb and dumber

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:02 AM

Lauren Holly?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:09 AM

I'm starting a band called Lauren Holly Miranda. All keyboards

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:14 AM

did bablemusic stand in the front for the whole show with hands in the air blocking everyone's view? all for a song or two they may post to their website in a few months...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:15 AM

Holly Miranda live > Holly Miranda on record..

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:19 AM

Agreed. Holly Miranda Live is not as mellow as her album is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:25 AM

more like hotty miranda, yum

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 11:42 AM

ehm she's pretty mediocre looking

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:24 PM

love her voice. and that fat dude who sang with her had a great voice too.

Posted by fAME mO | July 8, 2010 12:41 PM

You're fat dude.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:47 PM

"Holly Miranda live > Holly Miranda on record.."

For me, in the sense that you get to fully appreciate a performance of a song like the Etta James cover.

It's a little like do you like Picasso as a painter or a sculptor? Pretty impressive either way to me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:51 PM

Dude comparing Holly Miranda to Picasso needs to be banned from commenting for life.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:54 PM

his name is brendan coon and he is awesome:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkqgXJ_rnkY

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 12:56 PM

when i first glanced at this article's title, i thought she got raped. oops

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 1:28 PM

holly who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 1:55 PM

boot leg

Posted by lez bo | July 8, 2010 2:38 PM

I would tap that too. At Littlefield or anywhere...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2010 5:25 PM

Oh thank god some one is playing a Jazz master so we know their really legit unique indie.

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2010 3:40 AM

^ it's a Jaguar with humbuckers dipshit...but you may know it by another model - the Fender "who fucking cares, it's a guitar"

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2010 3:58 AM

Holly Miranda´s album unfortunately sounds like elevator music, you try to get into it, but there´s a blockage somewhere...it´s maybe trying too hard in being etherial and dreamy, if her voice´s got soul we can´t feel it in her album, i dont care how many tvs are on her radio.
If she´s as talented as critics say...i hope she proves it live, I don´t see her winning any fans with hipsters and bloggers, let´s not even talk about jumping the fence to the gaga fans mainstream fans. Hustle Miranda...
and I hope on your next album you pour some heart into that shit, because people were right to sleep on it. Pijama music. sorry...

Posted by hugo | August 19, 2010 10:06 AM

I would tap that too. At Littlefield or anywhere...

Posted by upatser | November 3, 2012 5:55 PM

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