Paperdoll with Red Ribbon


NEW YORK, April 27 – In support of their new single “You Can’t Stop It”, the Paperdoll band played a short 30 minute set at the Union Square Best Buy. Initially the crowd was small, but it quickly swelled. The audience was a mixture of both diehard fans and regular customers. There were even little children dancing to the band’s radio friendly pop tunes.

During the first song, lead vocalist Teresa Lee had trouble keeping her mini keyboard on the full sized stand. A Best Buy employee, who was the impromptu roadie, wrapped the instrument in red ribbon and tied it to the stand. It was so hilariously MacGruber-esque that I had to take a picture.

The band did their best to work in these less than optimal conditions. The acoustics were strange due to the warehouse nature of the floor space. I can’t really describe it, but the sound didn’t travel well. The sounds of shoppers and clerks didn’t help either. Another unusual set-up was the clear plastic shield around drummer Chip Thomas. Thomas, who is known for his high energy antics, seemed restrained by the plastic wall. It also muffled the sound of his drum kit.

Towards the end of the set, Lee noticed an audience member dancing energetically in the crowd. She totally dug his energy and invited him onto stage. The man proceeded to dance as the band kept playing. It immediately reminded me of a teen-aged Courtney Cox in Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” video.

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Some of the highlights of the performance were “Anything at All”, “I Know”, and “You Can’t Stop It”.

You can also find more videos of Paperdoll’s performance at the Blog’s Youtube Channel.


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