Hear Karen O’s Sadly Pretty Cover Of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”


Last night was the opening of Stop The Virgens, the opera starring and co-created by Karen O, which runs at St. Ann’s Warehouse through Oct. 22. (There are still some tickets available!) The Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer has also lent her voice to an ad campaign spearheaded by the burrito-and-taco chain Chipotle, singing a weary, gorgeous version of the country classic “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” (The ad campaign is really for Chipotle’s pro-sustainable-agriculture nonprofit arm, hence the sadness.)

And here are some early reviews of Stop The Virgens:

César Alvarez: “Anyone who is taking non-mainstream popular music and putting it in a theatrical setting has my attention and I applaud the work for walking that very tricky and unfriendly territory… Karen O’s voice was exquisite, the vocal arrangements in the chorus were elegant and the momentary cacophonies were pretty interesting. Most interesting was the beginning when the chorus members are all singing antiphonally. Though I’m a sucker for big groups of singers using their voices as texture and singing off mic.”

Meg Mason: “stop the virgens was totally sublime. The music was awesome, the costumes were insane, & closing #, phenom”

ckflano : “… was pretty wild.”


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