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Jenny Lewis sighting! (Concert Review: Whispertown 2000 & Jonathan Rice @ The Echo 07/21/07)

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Friday night was my first night back in the states from my vacation in Europe and it was strange. Needless to say, I've been sleep-deprived and delirious for days now. Echo Park is screwy place to be the day you get back from vacation. Between witnessing some dude walking down the street with a 5 foot long boa constrictor and a Jenny Lewis induced-frenzy, I felt even more delirious. With the Jenny Lewis connections a plenty, I should have expected some sort of guest appearance, but a boa constrictor on the streets of LA?!

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Whispertown 2000 opened the show with an unusual country inspired unplugged set. It came as no surprise that they have played along side Rilo Kiley and The Elected. Their dreamy lo-fi folk tunes came across as slightly less powerful than expected, but perhaps that was because the drummer was rapping out tattoos on an overturned plastic tub. Strange. They playfully churned out an extensive set dominated by new songs, sporadically interspersed with songs from their 2006 release, 'Living in a Dream'. Their raw arrangement comprised a loosely constructed, ineffectual folk campaign. However, under any other plugged in circumstances I probably would have been swaying and clapping along in my bohemian get-up.