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Tawdry Hepburn @ Otis Lounge

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

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The best kept secret in music


Tawdry Hepburn put on a surprising, entertaining show. When I saw them play at the Boat Club they proceeded to burn up the stage. Seemed to have the crowd alternately scratching their heads and amazed in rapt attention.

They seem to like to play covers everyone is familiar with but, with a twist. Each time they launch into a cover you think you know what's going on and then, whoops, all-of-a-sudden the song goes off into a place that belongs only to this band.

My fave was their version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," but on this night the crowd seemed to really go for their version of "Can't Find My Way Home," which Tawdry Hepburn turned into something like a country-fried, June-Carter-Cash song. They also played some rock-and-blues flavored originals.

All-in-all an enjoyable, and too short, set. I'd recommend this band to anyone wanting to go out and have a good time listening to some skillfully-played, interesting music.

-Rif Valentine
- Blort e-zine


"The Heavens Declare" 8 - song CD on Tickertape Records, now in final stages of mixdown, to be released early 2007. Streaming tracks from this CD are on the MP3 section of the band website at www.tawdryhepburn.net.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Adan's tasty, velvety smooth electric piano and organ, layered with KC/DC's guitar and backed by steady bass and Adam Knievel's expert, jazz-flavored drums, provide the foundation for Freta Garbo's one-of-a-kind, powerful Annie Haslum-meets-Patti Smith-style vocals. Tawdry Hepburn's musical stylings seem to flow freely between lounge, cabaret, and pop, with ethereal hints of jazz and even opera. Their sound may hint at Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson with its tendency toward melodic 60s psychedelia. This melange is instantly recognizable and topped-off with a tongue-in-cheek flair that belongs only to Tawdry Hepburn.