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On Friday May 28, Reni Lane played at LA’s Viper Room.
Although her set was short, she and her band played songs from her debut album including “Place For Us,” “Even You,” “Drive,” “You Are Here,” and “Never Stop.”
Reni Lane’s debut album has a lot of other good songs, like “We Don’t Forget” and “Never Be Another You,” which she unfortunately did not play at this show. Some advice: Jumping off the stage into the audience is something that should only be done sparingly by established artists because doing so more than once within the span of a few songs can make the crowd uncomfortable, especially when said crowd is very sparse.
After months of waiting, all female pop/rock band The Like are back! With a great new MySpace and announcement of their tour with the Arctic Monkeys, The Like are back. Z Berg remains on vocals and guitar, Tennessee Thomas continues to drum, and 2 new members — Reni Lane (organ) and Laena Geronimo (bass) — have replaced old bassist Charlotte Froom.
Head over to The Like’s Myspace to listen to four brand new songs! “Wishing He Was Dead” and “He’s Not A Boy” retain The Like’s signature atmospheric vocals, slightly distorted guitars, and powerful drumming. But, listeners get even more with the added organ and skillful production of Mark Ronson. The added layers enhance The Like’s sound and make them a musical powerhouse. Berg’s vocals are clearer, stronger, and more assured than on The Like’s 2005 debut Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
The electric version of “Release Me” shines with Berg’s emotive, vulnerable lyrics and the uncommon drum beat throughout the song. Note: “Release Me” was removed from The Like’s MySpace, but hopefully it will be put back up!
The last song is, in my opinion, the very best: “Narcissus in a Red Dress.” With allusions to Humpty Dumpty and Macbeth, the lyrics are quite clever. Just as importantly, the drums and guitar work together to create a catchy beat and melody. Berg’s aching voice creates the perfect balance between pain and vengeance. The subject of the song, perhaps “you clever little charlatans” — or was that “Charlotte-ans” — is mysterious and intriguing.
Catch The Like, with their new songs and lineup, on tour with the Arctic Monkeys now. Click here for tour dates and ticket information!