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- Bluebird Theater: Thursday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m., 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, $17-$30, ages 16+, 303-322-2308, bluebirdtheater.net ; Larimer Lounge: Friday, Nov. 8, 9 p.m., 2721 Larimer St., Denver, $15, ages 16+, 303-291-1007, larimerlounge.com
Based on the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd that turned out for Frankie Cosmos’ Black Sheep appearance last year, it was clear that the band’s profile was rapidly rising. Now, some 18 months later, Greta Kline and her backing band are scheduled to play two headlining shows at two different Denver venues.
The appeal is understandable: Kline has an indisputable talent for crafting concisely executed indie-pop gems that reflect her ongoing fascination with Frank O’Hara’s poetry, personal self-discovery and, of course, mathematics. “I’m not particularly good at math, but I think that it’s really interesting,” the 25-year-old singer-songwriter told the Indy in a 2018 interview. “I recently have been writing a lot of songs thinking about triangles.”
Kline and company are currently touring to promote Close It Quietly, which was released back in September on the revered Sub Pop imprint. As with previous releases, its 21 tracks average less than two minutes each, prompting Rolling Stone writer Jon Dolan to declare that, “in its length, quality, and economy, Close It Quietly can evoke tour de force sprees like Elvis Costello’s Get Happy!! or Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville.”
It’s worth noting that, even though this is Frankie Cosmos’ fourth proper studio album, it’s actually the 53rd collection from Kline, who in the past has recorded under such Bandcamp pseudonyms as Ingrid Superstar, Little Bear, The Ingrates and Zebu Fur, offering up titles like Sunrise Over Interpositioned Buildings, Jared Leto Can’t Read, and Much Ado About Fucking. In other words, there’s plenty more where that came from.