"It’s Saturday night, and you know what that means: trouble," announced Marina Diamandis from the stage at Webster Hall on August 18. The Welsh singer, aka Marina and the Diamonds, then showed just what kind of party was getting started by taking a shot of vodka from a flask with a picture of her own face on it. That’s the kind of thing to be expected from the DIY diva, who’s been endearing herself to alterna-pop audiences since her 2010 debut album The Family Jewels.
On the closing night of Marina’s North American tour for the recently-released follow-up Electra Heart, it was easy to see how she earned the hopelessly devoted, sold-out crowd. She’s an effortlessly charismatic performer who can belt outsider anthems like “I Am Not A Robot” and “Starring Role” like nobody’s business, someone who can feed off of her audience’s energy and amplify it. Her retro-kitsch stage design reflects her fixation on bubblegum Americana, as illustrated in “Hollywood,” which she announced by holding a plush cheeseburger and a cheerleader’s pom-pom aloft. This diamond shone brightly throughout a set spanning highlights from The Family Jewels and Electra Heart, from “Oh No!” to “Bubblegum Bitch.”
Marina was accompanied by Brooklyn up-and-comers MS MR. Though marketed as “mysterious” early on, the duo is obviously the spotlight now that they’ve show their faces on their first-ever tour. Armed with dark synth-pop jams like “Hurricane” and “Bones,” they’re sure to catch on quickly with listeners drawn to all things haunting and glamorous.