Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes

I am deeply indebted to Kristen of Miss Kristen Darling for not only posting about this amazing group, but following up by letting me know that they were doing a show in my area soon. Just on the strength of the song Love Letters, I bought tickets for my boyfriend and I, and we went and saw them last night.
Best. Decision. Ever. Well, ok, maybe not on par with investing in Microsoft in 1986, but a damn good one all the same. Imagine if Adele had a baby with Little Richard, and they gave it to The Shangri-Las to raise in Australia. A potent blend of R&B, soul, and 50s rock, they not only sound fantastic, they also put on an amazing show.
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Coordinated dance moves, slick costumes, and not a beat or note out of place. As great as the backing band and singers are, Clairy is undoubtedly the star of the show. Not only is her voice amazing, she's an incredibly charismatic performer. You really can't take your eyes off of her.
We ended up leaving with their album, Baby Caught the Bus, and I have a feeling I'm going to be listening to it non-stop this summer. If you get a chance, I would definitely recommend seeing them live. Their full US tour schedule is listed here.
I can never pass up a chance to get dressed up, so I decided to go full 1950s with a full black skirt, huge square dancing petticoat, and an electric blue blouse. I felt like an extra from Grease whose scene got cut at the last minute, which was pretty perfect for this show.
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Skirt: Handmade by my boyfriend during his sewing phase
Shoes: Seychelles

I hadn't realized until now just how much I enjoy this kind of music. Any recommendations for other bands in this style that I should check out?