Caroline Rose sold out the Tractor on February 22nd. The Burlington, VT multi-instrumentalist and songwriter was backed by a strong lineup of keyboardist Abbie Morin, drummer Willoughby Morse, and bassist Josh Speers. Rose’s roots lie in country and rockabilly, but her latest release, LONER, has veered toward witty synthpop.
Rose sang, played guitar and keys, danced on top of a speaker, and soloed on a giant kazoo. She wore a “BYE BOY” t-shirt, red suit, red bandana, and red Chucks, which matched a red-bathed stage decorated with roses and other accessories.
The eclectic 16-song set began with the downtempo tune “To Die Today,” and by the time Rose arrived at “Bikini” she was leading an all-out dance party. Other highlights included “More of the Same,” “Getting To Me,” and “Jeannie Becomes a Mom.”
Between tunes, Rose explained that the band had made two essential stops while in Seattle: IKEA, to buy the striped red rug onstage, and Babeland. She later spilled her IPA and wished aloud for a shot of tequila instead—two fans delivered, and Rose downed the shots with lime.
Seattle singer–songwriter Ings opened the evening with a trio set of lullaby rock, including several of her newer tunes. Los Angeles rock quintet SUPERET followed with catchy disco beats and dance moves.