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Bridget Everett and Ad-Rock Get Raunchy

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Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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Bridget Everett is a lot of woman. Beloved throughout the New York City downtown club scene for being in your face -- and maybe in your lap -- Everett performs at Largo on Sunday with her backing band, the Tender Moments.

The bassist for said group just happens to be Adam Horovitz, also known as King Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys. They're taking their cabaret-style show cross-country and have big plans for the future, including "cunt rock" world domination. We spoke with the pair about a lot of wacky things.

Adam, Bridgett, you both there?

Bridget Everett: Yep.

Adam Horovitz: Wait - you can't hear me or I can't hear you, because I'm too far away right now. I'm in Hawaii on a little island. The waves are too loud and the suntan lotion is making the phone slip away from my ear.

BE: I'm on the mean streets of New York right now drinking a juice.

AH: You should have told them you're in Malta or something. We got to work on our stories.

BE: Oops. I mean I'm in Ibiza.

Bridget, were you aware that searching your name on Google images is enough to get someone fired?

BE: Then my job here is done. I mean, at least I don't have to go back to high school reunions for them to find me.

For someone who's never seen you guys perform live, what should they expect?

BE: You know, my friend calls it "cunt rock." But I think it's sort of terrifying -- Adam what words would you use?

AH: I wouldn't use terror. I would use delight. I would use tender, fabulous, emotional, terror and glamorous. Oh and I would also have to throw out the voice of an angel.

BE: With a little bit of titty. I have a hard time describing it. That's why I had to ask Adam. But I tell people I'm a singer and that you have to see it to believe it. Some of it, you'll never forget. It's like cabaret with motor-boating.

Adam, this is your first live performance in L.A. in years. Why this performance and why now?

AH: We're coming just to get out of the cold. I'm the bassist in the Tender Moments. We have a regular show at Joe's Pub in New York and it's great. So we're just trying to get out of the cold.

BE: We're on a softball team together. I think that's how I got him in the band actually. He joined the team, we became part of this brotherhood and went from there.

AH: We should get a game going on in L.A. I know people.

Growing up in Kansas, how were you exposed to performance art and cabaret music Bridget?

BE: Uh, I wasn't. I was in show choir in high school. I was on the swim team, student council, just kind of doing my thing until I went to Arizona State. I went there on a choral scholarship so I couldn't have been any further away from that scene. But when I moved to New York, my friend wanted to take me to a show. And he took me to see this group called Kiki and Herb. And I was like, "What the..." I didn't even know this kind of thing existed. It was just people singing, telling stories and getting wild. I figured it out when I got to New York. It was just kind of like, I had the voice of an angel, and I worked it out step-by-step.

Oh -- and my Mom used to get drunk around the piano. That was kind of like cabaret. I do the same thing now but I get paid for it.

When did your Mom discover exactly what you do? Did you describe it for her?

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