Monday, May 28, 2012


Kate Crash
Kate Crash performs during Electric Glitter at The Dragonfly.
photo by picksysticks

Last week, The Dragonfly was the scene of  Electric Glitter, a visual/rock spectacular that included art, dance, fashion, comedy and performances by today's can't miss bands.

A two-person wrecking crew by Kate Crash and guitarist Mo Matatquin, headlined the night.  In  typical lighting-fury fashion, Crash proved why she's become the queen of glitter-rock.  She puts the glam back in glamours, putting on a visual performance that showcases her clobbering dance beats that's wrapped up in glimmering laced-up melodies. You can't help but get exhausted watching Kate bounce and thrash on stage. She does it with ease, all the while not missing a beat which explains how she manages to easily slip into her shimmery skin-tight body suit.  Sweatin' to the Oldies this isn't.  But witnessing a Kate Crash show is like watching a tornado crash down on a peacock sanctuary, an iridescence whirlwind of brilliance that couldn't be contained by the small confines the Dragonfly stage.

Kate Crash and Mo Matatquin
PIEL performs during Electric Glitter at The Dragonfly Hollywood.
photo by picksysticks
Piel, another LA-based band and fronted by front-woman Tiki Lewis, displayed an electro-funkadelic set, all the while sipping from her specialty made drink concoction she occasionally drank between songs.  This group, who just wants to have fun, has a cool swagger about them, more inclined to have a party on stage and if the audience wants to join in, then so be it.  Piel's songs have a free-floating sonic vibe that makes you want to drink what Tiki is drinking.
Kelly Mantle and Lawrencia Dandridge

Kelly Mantle opened the night in dragtastic fashion, shining with flashiness with radiated covers of The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" as well as playful renditions of Peaches and Jack White tunes.  And along for the ride with accomplished back-up Lawrencia Dandridge.  Donning blonde this night, Kelly is a Jack of all trades as a successful actor, comedian and this night a singer.

With artwork also presented by Xany, the night started with comedy by Mike O'Connell who projected with Jack Black-like, Shakespearian prose quickly grew on me, especially when he picked up his guitar singing "Asian Babies Are Cute," and "Getting My Girlfriend Back," cooing she will back to me some day 'cause I stole her insulin."

Closing the night was Nylon Pink who took the stage at the stroke of midnight playing a shortened set after technical difficulties delayed their set time.  But who needs sleep anyways? Sugary-pop with electro layers by Nylon Pink is enough squeeze any amount of dance juices to last you well into sunrise.  Sleep is for sissys!  And you have to be if you can't will yourself to stay awake for these sexy rock gals.

Nylon Pink
Nylon Pink performs at The Dragonfly.
photos by picksysticks.