Concert review: Sleepy Kitty wakes up Thursdays at the Intersection, Thursday, August 18

Sleepy Kitty at Thursdays at the Intersection, August 18, 2011

Nate Burrell

If there was ever a band perfectly suited to set the mood for a night of (slightly off-kilter) Hitchcockian suspense, punctuated with romantic intrigue, it may just be Sleepy Kitty.

The mild weather and bustling city setting also worked to set a properly dynamic mood. Really it is not hard to get drawn into the intoxicating pull of impeccably-crafted cinema showcasing impossibly beautiful people in gorgeous clothes running around the French Riviera. Sleepy Kitty is adept at harnessing and refashioning the retro chic aesthetic cultivated by pop musicians of the ’50s and ’60s. Although Hitchcock’s films aren’t normally thrown in with the pop scene, the auteur paired well with the duo’s catchy yet knowingly twisted pop punk revisions.

Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult played a lively mix of original tunes as well as wide ranging covers of everything from Pavement to the Beatles. Brubeck’s typically amazing voice work was highlighted on the bands hypnotic take on the classic “Summertime.” Deconstructing the Beatle’s peppy “I Saw Her Standing There” yielded a sultry, trippy but still danceable number the band calls “Seventeen.” Sleepy Kitty closed with a couple of lovely tunes from their latest album, “Infinity City.” It seemed that the crowd would have been happy to listen to the whole album; such was the atmosphere of conviviality developed over the course of two sets with Sleepy Kitty.

Grand center offered a relaxed venue to spend a summer night outside soaking in some culture, especially with the Fox and other majestic buildings looking on benevolently. Even if you don’t live anywhere near that area it felt like a small neighborhood gathering — if only for those few hours.

KDHX is a proud presenter of Thursdays at the Intersection. Join us for the finale on August 25, with Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers, followed by a screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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