I have seen ‘Bat For Lashes‘ three times now, and every time I see her, I leave thinking it’s the best she’s ever done. Best show she’s ever put on. She is absolutely stunning in person. If you enjoy her music, then you haven’t heard anything until you’ve seen her live. Breathtaking is the word I would use. She captivates you from the moment she walks on stage until the moment she wraps her show, one encore later.
Natasha Khan, the frontwoman of ‘Bat For Lashes’ is a sight to be seen. She is tiny, but her voice is powerful. She dances around on stage and plays several instruments effortlessly. When she sits at the piano and plays, you can’t help but stare. She truly is an amazing performer.
I saw ‘Bat For Lashes’ at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, last Wednesday. It was freakishly hot in this venue, (so hot, the woman in front of me passed out, and Natasha killed the song to make sure she was okay) I’ve been there a dozen times, and I’ve never been that hot. Natasha commented on her dress, and had she known how hot it was going to be, she wouldn’t have worn a dress made out of “drapery.’
The set went on for 90 minutes, and we all wished it would never end. She spoke with the crowd often, she smiled brightly, even though you could tell the heat was killing her.
She pulled songs from each of her three records, which I absolutely LOVED. The concert began with one of my favorite songs off her new album, ‘The Haunted Man,’ called “Lillies.” She wove in and out of her two previous albums, and sang all of her hits. When she performed “Laura” off her new album (which is my all-time favorite song, listen below) I think everyone in the crowd stopped breathing. It was by far one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen. If we weren’t already all standing, she would have gotten a standing ovation for it. Everyone cheered and clapped as the song ended, it was the highlight of the evening.
If – I should say when – Natasha comes back to Portland – I will be there in a second. The performance she gives is one in a million. Trust me, I’ve been to A LOT of shows. ‘Bat For Lashes’ is a band everyone should see live. You won’t regret it.
These gorgeous pictures are from our night with ‘Bat For Lashes.’ See more photographs from TK here!
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