Photos by Tanner Pikop
“Can you guys do me a favor? It’s gonna be loud, I’m stepping back from my mic,” says Frankie Rose.
“On the count of three, can you guys all yell your favorite taqueria?”
Brooklyn-based (via San Francisco, via LA) artist Frankie Rose graced the stage at the Rickshaw Stop last night, wowing the crowd not only with her stellar voice, but also with her banter.
It’s no surprise that Rose has such a great stage presence – she’s been an original member of a handful of our favorite garage rock bands, including Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and Grass Widow. Her more raspy, garage style comes across well on stage, certainly overshadowing the more pop-inclined elements heard on her recordings. With a strong touring band backing her, Rose played songs from her 2012 debut album Interstellar, and made a point of “keeping it spooky” with songs like “The Depths” from last year’s Herein Wild.
Oakland locals Pure Bliss opened the night with a face-forward garage rock energy, setting the stage at high sparks from the start. The Mantles followed with a more mellow set before Frankie Rose and her band took over for the remainder of the night.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, El Faralito won by a long shot.