He's My Brother She's My Sister @ The Troubadour, 2/3/11
By Ryan Torok for LAist
Guitarist and vocalist Robert Kolar frowned and shook his head when his sister and band mate, Rachel, who is He's My Brother She's My Sister's other lead vocalist, said into the microphone that he’d played something in the wrong key, but she was smiling when she said it, accusing him like only a sister can.
A familial quality ran throughout their excellent set at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, consisting of material from the Los Angeles band’s self-titled EP, new tunes, material by Robert’s other group, Lemon Sun and the Mamas and the Papas song, “Straight Shooter.” They ended the show with the popular “Tales That I Tell,” and the audience welcomed Robert’s instruction in leading them in a sing along of the eerily rocking number’s chorus.
The show was smaller than ones the unsigned band has played recently. They toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros last October, opening up for the psych-folk group on a month-long tour of the south in large venues, not long after releasing their debut EP. Not long after forming, actually. They came together in East L.A. in 2007, and set themselves apart from other folk-rock groups in Los Angeles with having Lauren Brown, a tap dancer, provide percussion with her feet. Their newest member, celloist Satya Bhabha, who made the band a quartet, missed Thursday’s show, but upright bass player Aaron Robinson substituted, and Oliver Newell and Patrick Joseph appeared as special guests on lap-slide guitar and on a standing drum set.