Brooklyn based Delusions of Grand Street are a refreshingly down-to-earth, smart female-fronted janglepop/rock band. Defiant, funny, tuneful and indelibly New York. Their songs bristle with unexpected chord changes, they're all good musicians (especially the lead guitarist, who plays in the house band at Smalls) Their front woman is down-to-earth and completely unaffected. She doesn't try to be Beyonce, or Courtney Love, or whoever the ho du jour is: she seems to know intuitively that she's perfectly good just the way she is. Her lyrics often have a wry exasperation balanced with a defiant determination to tackle whatever obstacle gets in her way - getting drugged on a date, locked out of the apartment on a busy weekend night in the Village, hassled by an idiot employee at the Mexican restaurant where she works, etc. All of this is as accessible as you would imagine: there are no double entendres, metaphors or deep philosophical meaning to any of this. It's pop, after all, what people who remember the 80s would call good top 40 (Review from Lucid Culture). Featuring the songs Jodie Rae Plaut, with Allan Rubinstein, Sage Seals, A.J. Raposo, and Sam Lee.
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