Kate Nash At The Troubadour

  • Kate Nash performs at the Troubadour
    Photo: Cory Greenwell

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By Brent Burns
West Hollywood, Calif.

I always forget how intimate the Troubadour is. The furthest seat in the venue is still within earshot of the stage, which keeps things enjoyable for everyone. But sometimes close can be a little too close — as Kate Nash found out when fans routinely reached up to try to snap selfies with this infectious emerging artist during her concert on May 10 — but luckily for fans, Kate Nash is not only engaging, she's also indulgent.

And for good reason — those same fans who require indulgence are fans who are passionate and ready to dance when Nash steps on stage, no matter if they’re dressed in a T-shirt and Top-Siders or black new goth. No matter where one stood in the venue, you could feel the anticipation of the crowd as Nash and her band celebrated a group high five before stepping on stage.

And what a stage to step out on. Old tube television sets stacked on top of one another and scattered between the band's equipment began to flicker, and a giant backdrop featured images of the artist as she lip-synced Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" before a grand entrance. Only then did we fully grasp Nash and her girl band, all pigtails, smokey eyes, ruffle chiffon dress and black sheer tights. She opened with "Sister" following with a series of perfect notes, emotive screams, dancing chords, and handclaps across the audience. Nash is a burgeoning British starlet who explores every urge, every tension in the battle between docile and downright temper tantrums, with her lyrics and music.

Showing her full range, Nash's 16-song set routinely jumped between new songs such as "Death Proof" and "3 A.M." to older gems "Kiss That Grrrl" and "Do-Wah-Doo." Never one to stop on a musical trip, Nash even ventured to songs such as "Foundations" and "Mariella." But even amid the television screens, the luminous backdrop and all the rattle and sound of a band and crowd, it's important to remember that Nash is an artist. So when she hit her final encore, stripped down to a single microphone and guitar, I knew it would be not just my favorite moment, but that of everyone in the room — a subtle and soaring end few artists can pull off.

Nash is the rare type of artist you can fall in love after listening to her first record, and you are hooked for the rest of the journey. Over the last couple of years, we've seen her go through some ups and downs, but these things are certain: Her fans remain and continue to grow in volume and her authenticity remains as fresh as when her debut single, "Caroline's A Victim," first hit the airwaves.

Set List:

"Death Proof"
"All Talk"
"Kiss That Grrrl"
"Conventional Girl"
"Free My Pussy"
"3 A.M."
"Girl Gang"
"Underestimate The Girl"
"We Get On"

To catch Kate Nash in a city near you, click here for tour dates.

(Brent Burns is the dance/electronica GRAMMY.com Community Blogger.)

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