THURSDAY, SEPT. 6:
One can’t really the say “the Frames” anymore without sprinkling in a few words about the film Once for clarification. Not that all the Brian Eno campaigning or the constant touring didn’t help the cause, but it never could have brought the attention like that low-key Irish indie (quasi-) musical did for Glen Hansard and Co. Seriously, it’s still being played at Laemmle’s all around town months and months later. The Frames are generally more aggressive live—even bar band-y at times—compared to the film’s winsome guitar and piano duets with that teenage Czech sprite, Marketa Irglova. Hansard possesses one of the best Cat Stevens impression this side of the man himself, as well as an undeniably intense charisma. For proof of said charisma, take a look at his sanded-down-by-strumming acoustic guitar because that second sound hole is not a movie prop. Speaking of guitars, opener Eleni Mandell plays a miniature one that she strums languidly to mostly mid-tempoed songs. An L.A. staple for about a decade and a recent L.A. RECORD cover alumna, Mandell’s got some recent attention with her song “Girls,” its lyrical content betraying an unique obssesiveness that’s as alarming as it is enjoyable, in a guilty high school emotional way. (GG)
AT THE HENRY FONDA THEATER, 6126 HOLLYWOOD BLVD., LOS ANGELES. 9 PM / $16 / ALL AGES. WWW.GOLDENVOICE.COM.