Bitter:Sweet

Los Angeles-based duo Bitter:Sweet take a set of chilled-out, infectious, vintage-jazzy meets futuristic-electro tracks, and bring it to the stage while keeping the hipster crowd on their toes and thirsty for more.

Los Angeles-based duo Bitter:Sweet take a set of chilled-out, infectious, vintage-jazzy meets futuristic-electro tracks, and bring it to the stage while keeping the hipster crowd on their toes and thirsty for more.

A packed hometown house greeted the duo performing in support of their newly released album “Drama” (Quango). The 75-minute set was highlighted by perfs of the epic, genre-bending “Trouble” and electro-infused, throbbing dance track “Love Revolution.”

But Shana Halligan, who captivates with dexterously flirty and bold (yet often breathy) vocals, and Kiran Shahani seem most at home onstage when performing their biggest hit “The Bomb,” a track known mostly as the theme to NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle.”

There was no denying vocalist Halligan’s larger-than-life presence. Her long auburn hair — whisked back on one side by a large exotic flower tucked behind the ear — and full gold lamé evening gown that reflected the stage lights, gave the songstress an ethereal quality. Throughout the night, Halligan danced gracefully on an oversized white shag rug, sipped from her glass of red wine and threw her arms in the air while whistfully moving about the stage.

Bitter:Sweet

El Rey Theater; 770 capacity; $17

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice and KCRW. Band: Shana Halligan; Kiran Shahani. Reviewed July 18, 2008.

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