Concert Reviews

DJ Shadow at the Ogden, 11/19/10

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Pigeon John melds classic elements of hip-hop with some modern tweaks, like the two soul singers (one of whom, Erika Dee, was also deejaying the set). Their harmonic backing vocals were gorgeous, and Pigeon John has a good flow and crisp, enunciated voice that lends to his whimsical mood. They did "Side to Side," a collaboration with Blackalicious, Q-Tip's "Let's Ride," and Pigeon John's own "So Gangster," which was perfectly executed and well-received. Erika Dee's crisp, deep effects, wobbly basslines and popping beats were deceptively simple, creating funky yet subtle support for the lyrics and harmonizing taking place above the melody. Evy Jane, the other singer, had a lingering, haunting voice; she sang the opening stanza of "You Don't Own Me" a capella before Dee dropped in some serious funky beats and they moved into a different track. The three of them worked well together, sharing the stage, full of charisma and clearly having fun. Pigeon John closed with "Excuse Me," a slightly less freewheeling tune, and then the trio left the stage.

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