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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl get a Joe’s Pub homecoming

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl) at Joe's Pub on Thursday, Aug. 19. (Photos copyright 2010, Steven P. Marsh)

Enthusiastic reception for sean and charlotte’s band and preview of charlotte’s other project: the duo Kemp and Eden

It was a lovely, silly, weird scene at Joe’s Pub early Friday morning when The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the band comprising  Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, performed what Sean described as the last stop on their “international tour.” (Though it sounds like his idea of international mostly involves going out of state!)

Sean Lennon mugs during his Joe's Pub set.

Lovely because their low-key chamber pop was full of beautiful melodies, deceptively good playing and smart lyrics.

Charlotte Kemp Muhl of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Silly because of the duo’s deftly goofy banter and off-kilter titles.

And weird, or maybe just surreal, for a lot of reasons. For instance, Sean’s ex-girlfriend (and current business partner), Yuka Honda, formerly of Cibo Matto, was front and center in the audience. At her side was Nels Cline, the awesome Wilco guitarist and The Nels Cline Singers frontman, who also happens to be Yuka’s fiance. Sean invited Nels onstage to sit in on one Saber Tooth Tiger song, and nearly sat in Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?’s lap while briefing Nels.

Click through to the jump for news of Yoko Ono and a look at Charlotte’s other band! Continue reading
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Artist as audience: Yuka Honda

After wrapping up a guest stint with The Nels Cline Singers at the Solid Sound Festival on Sunday afternoon, electronica/keyboard whiz Yuka Honda headed to Joe’s Field at MASS Moca to check her smartphone and then listen to Jeff Tweedy‘s wonderfully mellow solo set.

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The Nels Cline Singers: No singing here

<div class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 510px"Yuka Honda, left, guests with The Nels Cline Singers

Yuka Honda, left, guests with The Nels Cline Singers

If you expected vocals, you were disappointed by The Nels Cline Singers. But if you weren’t, this improvisational instrumental Wilco side project probably blew you away this afternoon at the Solid Sound Festival.