Allie Moss, Bess Rogers, Ian Axel

Allie Moss, Bess Rogers, Ian Axel

  • Article by: Brittany Joy Cooper
  • Posted: 09/16/2011

Monday night the new Third and Lindsley played host to a triad of musical talent as Allie Moss, Bess Rogers and Ian Axel made the stage a stop on their “Intergalactic Tour of the Universe and Beyond.”

I’d never seen Allie Moss before, but her lulling sound pulled me in. Turns out, Moss is the lead guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson, and while her style is unique, it definitely fits into that sweet poppy vein. And the girl can sing.

A New Jersey native, Moss carries herself with the sort of charm that nears on self-deprecating but never gets that far. Her song “Corner,” was used in a commercial for BT Infinity’s Internet service and has won her a good bit of well-deserved attention. Monday night she played heavily off her May 2011 LP Late Bloomer.

Wielding a ukulele, Bess Rogers jumped in next after a couple collaborative songs with Moss. The indie pop Brooklynite, who is also a member of Ingrid Michaelson’s band, opened with her high-pitched and simple “Travel Back.”

Musing for a moment after the song, Rogers detailed a documentary she’d recently seen which suggested that love is the evolutionary solution to primates not having enough hands to hold children and everything else they need to hold.  The story segued into her song “Math and Science,” an atypical and refreshingly creative take on love.

As Rogers won over fans with her energetic humor and original tunes, she flat-out wowed the crowd with a slowed-down lullaby like cover of The Beatles’ “In My Life.” With her ukulele alone, she created an unforgettable ballad that brought the room to a dead standstill.

After Rogers’ set, Ian Axel got right to work on the keyboard, moving all over the place with his energy charged piano-driven set. Falling somewhere on the spectrum between Ben Folds and Elton John, with some Vanessa Carlton key-work ornamenting the whole, Axel brought forth a sound mixing pop and classical elements in a highly entertaining fashion.

The best way to understand Axel’s sound and to get the whole experience would probably be to catch him on YouTube. From the pleading “Say Something” and “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” that bridge more on the commercial side, to the more theatrical “Leave Me Alone!” and “Waltz,” it became quickly obvious that Axel has had his share of classical piano lessons.

What’s so interesting, however, was his ability to pull elements from so many places to create a working marriage between Rachmaninoff and “Rockin’ the Suburbs.”

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