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Darker and more deviant than ever: The Tiger Lillies at St. Ann’s Warehouse

Martyn Jacques, darker than dark, with a voice like a countertenor from Hell!

The Tiger Lillies' frontman Martyn Jacques at St. Ann's Warehouse: Darker than dark, with a voice like a countertenor from Hell! (Photos copyright 2009, Steven P. Marsh)

The Tiger Lillies are at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, tonight. You should be too.

The dark and cynical British trio (their web site declares them to be “The world’s formost Death Oompah band”) took the stage there last night for the first of two shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band. The result was a spectacularly entertaining romp through the enormous Tiger Lillies catalogue of deviance and black humor, including their award-winning work for the off-Broadway show Shockheaded Peter.

Behind the cynical exterior is musical genius. Jacques sings — often in a falsetto or countertenor range oozing with evil — and commands the stage in white face makeup that gives him the air of a demented, evil clown He’s supported by his bandmates, who bring their own amusing styles to the show: bassist Adrian Stout (the tall one), who grins a bit and mugs from time to time,  and drummer Adrian Huge (the stout one), who is the complete clown of the group.

The Tiger Lillies perform at 8 o’clock tonight. St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn. Tickets are still available. Click here for more info. $32.

Adrian Huge is angry.

Adrian Huge is angry.

Here’s a taste of The Tiger Lillies performing “Angry” at Raimundhof in Vienna, Austria last February:

Check out a host of photos of last night’s madness after the jump.

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Escape to an island with Cynthia Hopkins

Cynthia Hopkins

Cynthia Hopkins: Musical chameleon

Who is Cynthia? what is she,
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair and wise is she;
The heavens such grace did lend her,
That she might admiréd be.

Apologies to William Shakespeare, but those lines of his came to mind as soon as I started thinking about Cynthia Hopkins. She’s the founder of the band Gloria Deluxe and the raconteur who created The Accidental Trilogy, a mind-blowing theatrical series in which she morphs and time-shifts in an apocalyptic tale of amnesia, love, loss and the end of the world. The series has been seen locally at  St. Ann’s Warehouse.

This Saturday, Cynthia and Gloria Deluxe takes the outdoor stage on NYC’s Roosevelt Island for the latest installment in the Roosevelt Live concert series. I can’t really predict who Cynthia will be on Saturday. Chances are it won’t be Cameron Seymour or any of the other characters from her trilogy. But will she be Cynthia? And if she is, will we really know for sure? Who cares? It’ll be great fun.  You can count on a theatrical, foot-stomping afternoon of rock-inflected alt-country from Gloria Deluxe. And if the weather holds — and as I write this, weather.com is predicting a partly cloudy day with a high of 82 degrees — it will be the perfect way to kick off the Labor Day weekend.

Here’s some background on Cynthia and the band, from her concert bio:

Cynthia Hopkins and Gloria Deluxe – In the spring of 1999, Cynthia Hopkins formed a band in order to record some songs and make an album. The album and the band were both called Gloria Deluxe. The album was released that September and since then, Gloria Deluxe has played at the Bowery Ballroom (opening for David Byrne), the 2001 Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, Pete’s Candy Store, Tonic, and Joe’s Pub, among numerous other venues, In the band’s first performance outside of New York City, they opened for Patti Smith at MASS MoCA, in one of the museum’s outdoor theaters. Gloria Deluxe is Cynthia Hopkins on accordion, guitar, and saw; Kristin Mueller on drums; Josh Stark on upright bass; Philippa Thompson on violin, washboard and spoons; Karen Waltuch on viola; and everyone on vocals.

SHOW DETAILS: 4 pm, Saturday, Sept. 5. Roosevelt Live, Riverwalk Commons, Roosevelt Island.  (It’s a short walk from the Roosevelt Island on the F line. Click here for a map) Gloria Deluse opens, followed by Ethan Lipton and his orchestra, a lounge act. Free.