I was in the fourth row for the Bird and the Bee show, and I couldn't have been more entertained. Front woman and bassist Inara George was born to be on stage, quipping endlessly about her band mates and her audience (I think she thought we were pretty dull until everyone finally stood up and danced during their final song,) and seducing the majority of the crowd with her lighthearted sarcasm and infectious giggly attitude. The music? Definitely a fun throwback to 60s era pop and synth driven beats of 80s prog, but I doubt I'm alone in that I often wanted the songs to just end so she would continue her onslaught of incredibly charming song break remarks.
Featuring a set list heavy on tunes from their latest record Ray Guns are Not Just the Future, top songs in this humble reviewer's eyes were "Again and Again," the Madonna/Kylie Minogue inspired "F*ucking Boyfriend (incredibly fun song with a really cool synth riff after the chorus,) and a sentimental cover of the Bee Gees "How Deep is Your Love." Definitely a great night, and I'm glad that 9:30 club frequenters raged on the venue's message board about Bird and the Bee performing at The Barns and not a typical indie venue. Hopefully we'll be bringing you more of the same in months to come!
As an addendum to my brilliant comments, check out Patrick Foster's review in the Washington Post.