Obi Best – Sentimental Education EP

Obi Best recently released a four song, digital only EP titled Sentimental Education. The follow-up to the band’s debut release, “Capades,” includes the tracks “Knock on Any Door,” “To Have Class,” “Man Without a Yes,” and “Tropical Fish.” The group has also finally released an official video for “Tropical Fish,” a song which lead singer Alex Lilly and the band have been performing live for quite some time.

Sentimental Education can be purchased on iTunes and the Amazon mp3 store.

Obi Best @ Hotel Cafe (03/09/2011)

Alex Lilly of Obi Best

Obi Best played an intimate set at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA last night. Frontwoman Alex Lilly was joined onstage by usual band members Wendy Wang and Bram Inscore. Missing was keyboardist Aaron Arntz and drummer Barbara Gruska, but in their place were several guest musicians. Seeing a saxophone player and a flutist on stage isn’t typical of an Obi Best show, but it gave the night a classy, unplugged vibe.

Alex spent most of the night at the piano while Bram played upright bass and Wendy sang backup vocals. The set included favorites such as “Swedish Boy,” “Tropical Fish,” and the extremely catchy “It’s Because of People Like You.”

Obi Best’s second album, a four song EP titled Sentimental Education, will be released later this year and includes the songs “Tropical Fish,” “Knock On Any Door,” “To Have Class” and “Man Without A Yes.” It can currently be purchased after their shows. Visit to hear the EP in its entirety.

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The Bird and the Bee @ El Rey Theatre (03/05/2010)

Last night, the Bird and the Bee performed in front of a capacity crowd at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Not only was it a rare opportunity to see the band perform songs from the upcoming release, Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, but it would also be the last Bird and the Bee show for a while, due to lead singer Inara George‘s pregnancy.

From the moment Inara walked on stage, it was obvious that pregnancy didn’t hinder her sense of style, as she was dressed in a fashionable, form-fitting dress. Overwhelmed by the turnout, Inara thanked everyone in attendance, as it marked only their second sold out show in Los Angeles. In a fitting tribute, the show was dedicated to T-Bone Wolk, longtime bass player, collaborator and friend of Hall & Oates who passed away earlier in the week. Continue reading The Bird and the Bee @ El Rey Theatre (03/05/2010)

Obi Best and Manda Mosher @ WorldFest 2009

Manda Mosher

Manda Mosher

The WorldFest 2009 Earth Day Festival, took place this past Saturday at Woodley Park in Encino, CA. Several sirens were on hand for the celebration such as The Chapin Sisters, Manda Mosher and one of my favorite new bands, Obi Best.

Manda Mosher’s debut album, Everything You Need, was released last month, and she will be making an appearance on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this Thursday, May 21st. For more info on Manda, visit her myspace page.

Obi Best lead singer, Alex Lilly, announced on stage that it was her birthday, but evidently SoCal Edison never got an invite, because the power kept shutting off throughout the set. Despite the technical difficulties, they were troopers and finished the set, having to forgo instruments that weren’t working.

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The Bird and the Bee @ Echoplex


The Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) played not too far from home when they took the stage at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on April 6th. The band has been playing a lot of local dates recently, as this was my third time seeing them this year.

Before the show, I ran into Inara outside the venue and thanked her for the station ID she recorded for the radio station a month or so ago (to hear it, tune into to Sirens of Song Online Radio). I then made a very feeble attempt at small talk, yet she was as gracious as always. Even gave me some ideas of where to eat before the show.

To give a quick rundown of the night, the band opened up with “My Love,” mellowed it out with “How Deep Is Your Love,” and covered Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” which afterward turned into an on-stage discussion of the song’s title. The hijinks didn’t end there though.
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