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Arts and Entertainment

The Abdomen, Greg Laswell & Jenny Owen Youngs @ Hotel Cafe, 11/3/08

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Last Monday, New Jersey-based singer-songwriter and Perez Hilton favorite Jenny Owen Youngs (MySpace) -- previously mentioned here -- headlined at the Hotel Cafe (MySpace) in Hollywood. Opening for her was local singer-songwriter Greg Laswell (MySpace) and Minneapolis-based The Abdomen (MySpace).

Laswell, whose recent music video for "How the Day Sounds" was filmed with actor Elijah Wood at Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park, packed the room early and included his cover on piano of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun".

Youngs, whose previous Southern California appearance was a year ago at Bordello, entertained the crowd with her usual comedic banter in-between songs, although they seemed to be largely unfamiliar with her personality, as evidenced by their nonplussed reaction to several jokes and references to skull fucking. It was a tough crowd, but she breezed through the challenge with ease.

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This show was also the first stop of Youngs' tour with Laswell, which runs through November 20th in Indianapolis, and her still-untitled sophomore album is scheduled to street in early 2009.

Special thanks to The Abdomen, Greg Laswell, Jenny Owen Youngs, and the Hotel Cafe.