Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes / The Outer Space / Hamden, CT / August 20

Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes, Outer Space
Photo Credit: Alison Kaufman

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes have spent the summer zig-zagging the US on their most extensive tour to date, and their show at the funky Outer Space in Hamden, CT was a sexy good time. The nine-piece band has copious amounts of stage presence and talent to back it up—be it music, choreography or theatrics. As the night progressed, I got the feeling that we won’t be seeing such intimate shows with this group for much longer.

After the soulful, funk, horn-infused opener, Mad Satta, got us in the mood, each number in the Rackettes’ 14-song set, kicking off with newest single “Jenny,” transitioned seamlessly into the next, punctuated with banter from the uber-sexy Browne. The audience kept a polite distance until Browne asked us to get closer so she could smell us. We obliged and she and her Bangin’ Rackettes kicked it up a notch. Midway through the set, the “B-Strings,” as they are known, kept playing their instruments as the girls sashayed off stage for a quick costume change. Still wearing the black polyurethane body suit, but now with added floor length fringe cape, Browne reappeared with her similarly dressed Rackettes to finish off the set with some favorites, including “Love Letter.”

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes released a four-song EP, Love Cliques, this year in advance of a more meaty LP coming soon (their first album, Baby Caught the Bus, captured the ears of fans, who love Browne’s fresh take on the familiar sound of the ’60s). There are several more dates coming up before the tour wraps in October. Dust off your go-go boots and get ready for a bangin’ good time.

– Alison Kaufman

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