PARENTHETICAL GIRLS (London Lexington, 06/05/13)
From their albums, one might be forgiven for thinking Parenthetical Girls would be prissy, reserved live performers. In reality, they're the complete opposite. Zac Pennington struts around the stage, off the stage, on the sound deck and the bar like a camp American Jarvis Cocker. Old songs are given livelier, more muscular arrangements without compromising their beauty. People actually dance a little rather than sagely stroking their beards or crossing their arms in an “I'm too cool to be impressed” manner. It's all really rather excellent.