Following a brief but intriguing reggae-inflected set from Brooklyn's Sean Bones, Burhenn took the stage, resplendent in a fox headdress and backed by a four-piece band. Perched slightly above the rest of the group on a small pedestal, the songwriter opened with "Karma Debt," passionately belting out the track's wishful refrain of "I'd give it all for a legacy of love." The percussive bent of songs like "Radiator Sister" and "Disaster" were similarly earnest, set against a din of staccato keys and growling guitar riffs.
Though she was undoubtably the center of attention, Burhenn wasn't the evening's sole star. Back-up vocalist Rebecca Miller's pristine harmonies permeated the set, but nowhere were they more impressive than on "Mightier Than the Sword," which found the singer crafting a sonic bed with deftly layered vocal loops. By the time the band reached the militaristic, shout-along refrains of lead-single "Generals," the crowd was more than willing to oblige. "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you," Burhenn intoned against the effervescent beats of closing track "Body of Work." Defying expectations, the Mynabirds' upbeat odes seemed to exemplify a creative freedom that relished in its unpredictability. Raging against the machine rarely sounds so irresistibly catchy.
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