He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Beauty Bar, Jan. 7

The L.A.-based ensemble, which features sibling singers Robert and Rachel Kolar, have a sound that is both uniquely American and just plain unique. The unsigned band is kind of like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on speed. If that sounds like the makings of the perfect party, it is. With upbeat sing-and-dance-alongs “Coattails” and “How Am I Gonna Get Back Home,” it’s easy to get swept up in the Brother/Sister love. Featuring solid work from slide guitarist Aaron Robinson and upright bassist Oliver “Oliwa” Newell, this is a group that is a pleasure to experience.

The most mesmerizing member of the gang is drummer Lauren Brown. Everyone loves a hot chick drummer, but Brown does something I’ve never seen before: She tap dances while she drums, adding an entirely new layer to the percussion. I often found myself wondering what she’d do next. Her heel-clackin’ solo on “Clackin’ Heels” was a high point in a show filled with them.

Rumors abound that He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister will be back in town in March as a highlighted band of the next Neon Reverb. If that’s the case, then this coming Neon Reverb is off to a very good start, American style! ★★★★☆



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