A recent profile of Australian synthpopper Betty Who named her among a number of artists who define pop success in 2014; finding the border between indie and pop then winding streamers around it like it’s a maypole, running their careers less like megaconglomerates and more like scrappy start-ups. The pitch: give the people what they didn’t know they wanted: a takeoff of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” titled “Somebody Loves You” with third-listen-surprise wordplay and a big, big heart, then an EP (Slow Dancing) that’s even more spangly. When advertisers do it, it’s cynical and sad; when Betty Who does it, it’s effervescent joy. She and fellow up-and-comers Zak Waters and Cardiknox will play a trio of dates around the city as she returns to her current home of NYC during her Slow Dancing Tour.
Fri., April 18, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 16, 2014