Name: Adam Bernard Home: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States About Me: Entertainment journalist with 20 years of experience. Supporter of indie music. Lover of day baseball, and B-movies. Part time ninja. Kicked cancer’s ass. My memoir, ChemBro, is out now!
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I first became aware of NYC rock band The Cosmic Coronas last year, and was finally able to see them live earlier this month when they had the release show for their new EP, The Grove, at Arlene’s Grocery.
After hearing the band’s recorded work I couldn’t wait to check them out in person, and I’m happy to report they did not disappoint.
Here are three reasons you should see The Cosmic Coronas live.
1. Lead Singer Alexa Lindberg has PIPES
The Cosmic Coronas opened their set with a very familiar cover, and as soon as I heard the first few notes I thought to myself, “It takes a set of brass balls to lead with this.” The “this” being Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.”
While nobody else on the planet is Grace Slick, Coronas lead singer Alexa Lindberg nailed the song, and later in the show she nailed a cover of Elle King’s “Ex’s & Oh’s.”
When it comes to big, soaring, soulful, vocals, The Cosmic Coronas have ‘em.
2. They Embrace the Guitar Solo
At multiple times during the Coronas’ set they let their guitar players have time to shine, and shine they did.
The guitar solo has almost become a lost art, with the vast majority of bands opting to not stray from the recorded versions of their songs, and color within the lines, so to speak. The Cosmic Coronas aren’t afraid to let their musical crayon go outside the lines, and even off the page. There’s nothing standardized about their live show, and their guitar improvisation is a beautiful thing.
3. They Can Genre-Hop
With each member of the band having a wide repertoire of genres they can play, The Cosmic Coronas can seamlessly switch gears, and be a rock band, a soul band, a funk band, or a pop band, at any point during their set.
The vocals of Alexa Lindberg act as the thread that ties everything together, and because of this nothing sounds out of place.
To find out when, and where, The Cosmic Coronas are performing next, check out their Facebook page for show dates.