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3 June 2009

Los Angeles, The Hotel Café

This was the last show of Carina's four week residency at
The Hotel Café.

For Everything A Reason
Thief In The Sky
Down Slow
Do You
Lightbulb Song
Got To Go
Let It Fall
At the May 13th show, Carina told me she would be performing "On Leaving" at this show.
Apparently, things didn't go as planned.

Carina Round - vocals and guitar
Tom Livemore - guitar
Simon Smith - bass
Zac Rae - keyboards and effects
Blair Sinta - drums
Sierra Swan - backing vocal

Photo by David Studarus
Photo by Brian Cahn
Photo by gpitpitan

Photos by Kristin Burns

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Review by LMS

Carina Round is awesome. Wanna know exactly how awesome she is?

Contest: E-mail us with your mailing address and profound or absurd fact that we should know. The person who makes us giggle or ponder our on mortality the most wins an autographed copy of Carina Round's new EP Things You Should Know. Contest closes Monday night @ 8pm (PST).

And now, the big question: How is she live? Well...I'd recommend making her show a priority. Round is pretty girl with an edge -- and she'll be damned if you walk away without realizing it. An explosive, big-voiced performer, Round doesn't just borrow a page from the PJ Harvey playbook -- she bleeds all over it, infusing the style with so much of her personal DNA there's no chance Polly Jean is ever getting it back .

Interestingly enough, it's Round's intimidating and candid performer's spirit that also made Wednesday night's gig such an intriguing, yet accessible show. In between songs, speaking voice punctuated with a series of girly giggles, Round flirted with the audience, mentioning that it only took a month to sell out her residence, encouraging people to buy her album and/or buy her a drink, and punctuating each joke with a playful, "just kidding." A gracious host at what was essentially her personal closed-bar cocktail party, it was clear that love between the audience and performer went both ways -- as evidenced by the crowded room's willingness to chime in on the chorus of "Backseat."

Her last show at Hotel Cafe before heading overseas to her native UK for a string of gigs, it was clear that neither that by set's end, no one was quite ready to call it a night. That's okay, no matter how far Round roams, it's clear she'll always be welcomed home to LA with open arms.

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(NOTE: This is the full show)