Reni Lane is ready. Ready to rock out, not make out. I was first introduced to Reni back in November at my friend Arjan’s SuperFraiche pop music showcase at Santo’s Party House, and again in Los Angeles in January with her new band. Friday night marked Arjan’s fourth SuperFraiche installment at the Studio at Webster Hall, and the CD release party of Reni’s album, Ready.
After seeing Reni Lane perform Friday night, I’m impressed with how far she’s come. She’s stronger, she’s matured, and she’s meshed well with her new band. The young Linda Perry protoge (Linda’s in the audience, btw) played every song off her new pop-rock album including her first single, “Place For Us,” and a beautiful stripped-down version of the song that first caught my ear, “Runaway Train.” She opened her set and closed with an encore with “Even You.” But my favorite is the honest and vulnerable “Never Be Another You.” Good stuff!
Also featured was the electro-pop duo of Bree Sharp and DonDiLego, Beautiful Small Machines. With one beat, I’m an automatic fan. Bree has the face of Britney Spears, the voice of Sheryl Crow and an overall look that resembles my good friend, Christine! Poppy, catchy, retro-future, and then there’s the tambourine. I love a tambourine. Go to iTunes and download their EPs, Simple Joys and The Robots in Love. Favorites included their opener, “Simple Joys,” which was originally recorded with Duran Duran frontman, Simon LeBon. “Robots in Love” is also a delicious hook of a song. What’s with all the robot songs lately? Marina & The Diamonds anyone?
Thank you, Arjan, for another great pop music showcase! Keep ‘em coming! I have perfect attendance!