Reviewed by Darcie Stevens, Fri., March 21, 2008
Kimya DawsonEmo's Lounge, Wednesday, March 12
If Jason Reitman's Juno never reached multiplexes, many of us wouldn't know the name Kimya Dawson. Fortunately for her, and for K Records, none of us ever met a bike we didn't want to ride. From the first spastic strums of soundtrack gem "Tire Swing," Dawson hypnotized the crowd lucky enough to be there 80 minutes prior to her official showcase time. With eyes closed and hair wild, Dawson giggled, "What's happening?" as the front three rows quietly sang along to her supercute lyrics. Terribly endearing and real, Dawson sang about death and Tina Turner; it's impossible to tune this singer-songwriter out despite her low-key presence. Then again, when Dawson's quirky understanding devolved into children's songs – literally – the bar regressed into a kindergarten classroom. Dawson coaxed crowd participation on songs about animal farts and her love of bears from upcoming kids' album Alphabutt, and while it might have seemed unusual for a K artist to sing about hair "down there," she managed to retain her grip on the audience. Dawson's not about to appeal to the commercial buyer, but that's what makes her so damn great.