One wishes there were more strong, quirky, beguiling female front-women on the current musical landscape. To get noticed these days, it seems, the options are strip like Miley or whip up an aggressive dance frenzy like M.I.A. or Lady Gaga.
Lauren Mayberry, the petite crooner who fronts Scottish buzz band Chvrches (pronounced Churches) however, is primed for pop stardom, but she does her own thing. At the group's packed Wiltern show last night, the 25-year-old singer, dressed in black leggings and a loose white blouse, had fans enraptured with her big, ethereal vocals. No come-ons or raging necessary.More »