Live review: Yelle at Mohawk in Austin, Texas


French pop belle Yelle is known for her inexplicably bright charm that emanates from her deliberately crass songs. Her loud fashion inspires richly colorful patterns that depict carefree youth steering the spread of the electro-pop subculture. Yelle’s 2007 debut, Pop Up, inspires her well-recognized shimmering projection of outgoing fun on stage.

Austin’s Bird’s Barbershop and Prototype Vintage threw a lively bash graced by the sultry singer and met her request to also turn the show—like all of the others on her current tour—into a masquerade party. Fans may have been lucky enough to snatch a kiss from her as long as they rocked the angular, block-colored, short-eared Anubis-looking mask. The promoters also offered free hair crimping and vintage shopping in spirit of Yelle’s glittery performance.

Yelle made her attractive appearance with satirical French notoriety, flaunting her pink tossing epaulettes, glimmer-gold tights, and bright orange sneakers. Her musical entourage included Tepr on keyboards, who’s recognizable by his epic Tektonik remix of Yelle’s hit “A Cause des Garçons,” and GrandMarnier on drums. An unexpected cheerleading mob of decked-out jazzercisers fueled the crowd, elevating Yelle’s ostentatious and energizing performance. The show wrapped up with a set by DJ Bigface and the dancing continued, especially when the jazzercising mob took the lead in the infamous electric slide.

Words & images: Lina Khaznadar

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