This Weekend In New York: Frankie Rose Strips Down, White Mystery Rubs It In, And The Dirtbombs Double Up On Drums
In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images.
This weekend, the New York music scene continued to show its support for injured rock and soul DJ Jonathan Toubin with numerous benefits in his honor. Brooklyn Bowl, Glasslands, and Motor City all pitched in, joining venues across the country in bringing people together to help the man whose tireless crate-digging has kept us dancing into the wee hours on many nights. Even the shows that were not specifically Jonathan-related were still peppered with discussion of how best to help the Wonka-esque mensch, and the same sentiment was on everyone's lips: Get well soon, buddy.
Saturday, we stopped by the Toubin benefit at Glasslands, where Frankie Rose, Stalkers, the K-Holes and X-Ray Eyeballs were all set to throw down for their friend. Frankie Rose kicked things off with a short acoustic set of songs taken mostly from her excellent debut full-length. Instead of playing with the Outs, she was backed by a single guitarist, and while her songwriting stood up to the stripped down set-up, I missed the gorgeous vocal harmonies that are usually a part of songs like "Girlfriend Island" and "Candy." That said, Rose's strong, lovely voice was still a treat on its own, especially when she covered Mazzy Star's "Blue Flower."