Monday, February 4, 2019

Underground Vibes with No/Me at LA's Black Rabbit Rose and Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium

Last week Edible Skinny was lucky enough to drop by Houston Hospitality’s Black Rabbit Rose to check out Republic Records up-and-coming alt-pop singer-songwriter No/Me showcase her new album!

Named one of the Best Bars in LA by Vice, the fraternal twins’ magic-themed speakeasy (they are REALLY into speakeasies!) Black Rabbit Rose, features a short and sweet craft cocktail list with a stage that features rising pop stars, contortionists and illusionists, and burlesque shows.  (Oh and sometimes it’s also a Thai restaurant...).  While there I sipped on a Dark Arts cocktail (Lemongrass Vodka, Lime, Aloe, and Activated Charcoal), afterwards I was ready to join team Slytherin!

Songs played during No/Me’s half hour-ish set included her first dropped single: Consistent, a track that was inspired by No/Me’s recent attempt at online dating.  Her lyrics are a checklist of issues: she’s a skeptic, a cynic, a neurotic, a narcissistic, and a freak who’s “got the best intentions.”  Consistent is also featured on the recently announced FIFA 19 soundtrack, among the likes of Childish Gambino, Gorillaz, Logic, Billie Eilish and more.  No/Me’s vocal vibe is breathy raspiness with a WAHLOP of emotionality in every lyric delivered.  While studying at UCLA, No/Me double majored in musicology and music industry, while balancing nighttime gigs with her previous rock band.  Another breakout song was Savior, “Fuck the fairytales and your princess dreams.  I’m gonna give you hell like a killer queen.”  And with more FAB performances like this No/Me is definitely on her way to being a killer queen. 
After the performance it was time to sneak into another Houston space: Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium, the adjoining speakeasy (like I said…) whose theme focuses on the classic American traveling carnival, by way of the Donald Trump Silk Road.  With a secret door backdoor gum-ball machine entrance, there’s a something for every carney lover out there: a ball toss at Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, an in house Tarot Card Reader, ironic gum-ball options (such as “Pretty Fly For a White Guy”), and corndogs being slung from a chuck wagon.

Here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and being a killer queen at a Houston speakeasy! ;-)

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