The Bird & the Bee's Inara George and Greg Kurstin are a madly talented pop duo. George is the daughter of the late Little Feat mastermind Lowell George, and she's also a part of the dreamy new femme-vocal supergroup the Living Sisters. Meanwhile, keyboardist/producer Kurstin has collaborated with Lily Allen, Peaches, Beck, Gwen Stefani, Rilo Kiley and Little Boots (among many others). As the Bird & the Bee, George and Kurstin whip up retro, highly stylized pop tunes that are both sugary and smart, although their mellow moods can sometimes get a bit twee and precious. Case in point: At tonight's show, the Bird & the Bee are celebrating the upcoming release of their new CD, Interpreting the Masters, Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. While it's debatable that Hall & Oates are masters of anything (beyond watering down Philly soul to the point of fluffy insubstantiality), George and Kurstin will likely put their own distinctly charming twist to dorky hits like "Private Eyes" and the exceedingly annoying "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." Better catch the Bird & the Bee now, as the pregnant George is expecting a baby in April and will be out of action for a spell. The local singer Juliette Commagere opens with a set of invitingly ethereal electropop chansons from her latest CD, Turntablism.
Fri., March 5, 8 p.m., 2010