Jenny Lewis at the Opera House, Thursday March 16
Well, I guess if Gwen Stefani can do it, indie rock's number-one pin-up girl should have no qualms about showing off her sweet and beautiful solo chops for anyone and everyone unwilling to wait for the next Rilo Kiley album. And from the size of the Opera House crowd of gawking, star-struck worshippers, there seem to be a whole multitude of them.
The audience fell dead silent when Lewis and her band (including absolutely charming and sexy backup singers the Watson Twins ) began the gospel-tinged Run Devil Run, making it clear that Lewis doesn't just have fans - she has fans . And understandably so, cuz girl can fucking sing.
Running through the bulk of her solo record, Lewis and company moved around switching instruments, looking like they'd be more at home onstage at the Grand Ole Opry than in some sweaty club. Then Lewis temporarily left the stage so she could return to hold the entire place in thrall by singing her album's title track, Rabbit Fur Coat, a narrative about an exploitative, manipulative Hollywood mother - haunting considering her past as a child actor.
From the way she effortlessly owned the place without saying more than a handful of words, it's obvious Lewis could quit Rilo Kiley and keep up the folky/country/old-time-spiritual thing indefinitely. Hopefully she won't, but, you know, just sayin'.