Aren’t Mondays just the pits? They can be, unless you’ve got plans to head to Baby’s All Right to catch singer Xenia Rubinos put on an energizing clinic on how to take on your Monday night, which was exactly what went down in Brooklyn last night.
Okay yes, the size of the crowd in the room was a bit underwhelming considering the talent on stage, but remember, it was a chilly Monday night. That didn’t stop the singer from embracing what dedicated fans she did have who were dancing their faces off right up front as she tore through songs off her new album, Black Terry Cat.
Rubinos’ appeal as a live performer certainly comes from her versatility, which could range from a seductive, more R&B focused persona, to a more street friendly neo-soul and hip-hop artist with power to spare. Think somewhere between the power and seduction of Beyoncé meets the more soulful melodies of Lianne La Havas.
Xenia’s knack for mixing melody, power and lyrical content to break any barrier put in front of her was captured with liberating performances of “Just Like I,” “Right?,” and “I Won’t Say.” She tells a story of who she is/questions herself as being during “Laughing Clown” and changes up her organic sound by mixing a more electro pop feel during “See Them.”
It’s not just her singing that makes her so polarizing. There’s no doubt that hispanic singers love using their bodies and exuberant personalities to overflow emotion into the way they express themselves artistically, and you can feel her love for dancing and performing with all that emotion coming out during her set from start to finish. It’s tough not to start dancing when you can feel it coming out so with such power organically though the one on stage singing.
To close out her set, the singer went with the hip-hop friendly “Mexican Chef,” which mixes an urban beat, a hispanic flow, and 2016 feminist ideals. Of all the songs she performed during her set, this one may be the song which wraps up all her other material and delivers it with an energizing final punch.