Islands, Jemina Pearl, Toro y Moi | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Islands, Jemina Pearl, Toro y Moi Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. 2009

With her menacing look and her infinite cred—her debut album, Break It Up, just came out on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label—Jemina Pearl is as punk as teen pop gets. As front woman of Nashville's Be Your Own Pet she was quickly hailed as an ex post facto riot-girl baddie of sorts, but now she's 22 and a new Brooklynite, and according to her blog she just suffered through her first fashion week. Break It Up is all exuberance and pep, Pearl's big bright voice clean and canny against the shredded new-wave songs—if it weren't for the occasional glimmer of Danzig in her phrasing and lyrics (on "So Sick!" in particular), she could be a contender for, say, the corrupting dorm-diva role in High School Musical 4: Freshman Hazing. She'd be the girl who introduces Zac Efron to the joy of whippits and then humiliates him in the quad. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $15

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