Hot Ticket: Cibo Matto @ Rock & Roll Hotel, 7/19/11

Fans of quirky girl-Rock/Pop, cuteness, and girl-power should be in attendance at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Tuesday night for the reunion of Cibo Matto.

Formed in New York City in 1994 by Japanese ex-pats Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda, they rose to fame on the indie circuit with their album “Viva La Woman!” Their music is genre-bending, blending funky rock, trip-hop beats and jazz with vocals sometimes breathy, sometimes shouting for a truly unique and fun sound. Song titles on their first album centered around a food themes, relating to their name Cibo Matto, which is Italian for “food madness” or “crazy food.”

Their later album “Stereo Type A” leaned more towards dreamy vocals backed by downtempo electronica with some jazz/bossa-nova thrown in and departed from the food theme.

The group disbanded in 2001, and reunited earlier this year to perform in a benefit concert for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami alongside Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth and Mike Patton. That benefit performance led to their current reunion tour and a plans for a third album.

Cibo Matto
w/ Tony Castles
@Rock & Roll Hotel
7/19 – 7pm

Alexia Kauffman

Alexia was born and raised in Arlington, VA. She has been a cellist since age four, and a lover of rock & roll soon after. The first tape she owned was “Make It Big” by Wham, and the first tape she bought was Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” and she still loves both. She was a member of local synth-rock outfit Soft Complex for several years, and has recorded with bands including Engine Down and Two if By Sea. By day she works for a non-profit distributing royalties to musicians and labels. She currently plays cello, lap-steel guitar and tambourine in the DC post-folk/Americana band The Torches.

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