Kat Robichaud performs Pat Benatar's "We Belong"
After surviving a battle, a knock out and the top 12 with an Instant Save, Kat Robichaud finally met her end on NBC's The Voice last night. The Raleigh singer delivered Pat Benatar's "We Belong" for her Top 10 performance with typical flare, playing piano, dancing with masked flamenco men, and throwing a fist to the sky. But it wasn't enough to win America (or Twitter) over this week.
Once again Kat was in the bottom three, this time with teammate Caroline Pennell and Team Blake singer Austin Jenckes. After the tense Instant Save window closed, the results were in and, to be honest, weren't all that surprising.
James Wolpert, Kat Robichaud and Will Champlin perform Fall out Boy's "Sugar, We're Going Down"
Kat's theatrical glam rock has always sat at odds with the boring-whiteboy-soul and yelling ladies of the live rounds. This just wasn't her audience. Anyone who hugs strangers and stage dives and loves Dr. Who and talks to Amanda Palmer belongs more in a rock club than such a cheery TV show. Still, it was fun to watch while Kat lasted.
They’re also regulars at local rock clubs—they'll headline the Casbah for a second time on Sunday—with a full-length album to their credit, accomplishments that would be easy to praise even if their music was only OK. But Bittersweet, recorded by The Old Ceremony’s Jeff Crawford and released in February, is more than OK. Rosenblatt-Farrell’s guitar parts rely on familiar patterns, but they’re delivered with conviction. Mead’s voice, rich and mellow with a slight rasp, is delicate and surprisingly mature.
The INDY caught up with the two young musicians over the phone, as they squeezed in an extra practice to prepare for their upcoming concert.
INDY WEEK: You both did Girls Rock NC camps before starting La Bête Magique. What did you gain from that experience?
TEHILA ROSENBLATT-FARRELL: It made me a lot more confident with my abilities with music and also just general confidence.
BELLA MEAD: It was a good opportunity to play on a stage with lights and people and nice venues.
TRF: Yeah, just to see how it would be to be in an actual band. Once we started our own, we kind of took that confidence with us.
Night one of the lauded and revived S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest commandeered Deep South the Bar Thursday night. The evening began with several solo acts—including Josh Morningstar, Kurt Fortmeyer and Dex Romweber—before moving to full bands.
Below are a few clips of the evening with singer-songwriter Kurt Fortmeyer, the relocated Triangle resident currently residing in Nashville. Working through several songs that nodded to beer drinking and more serious subjects, he was followed by local legend Dex Romweber. It was a mellow start to what promises to be a ear-splitting gathering of groups, continuing tonight and Saturday at the Pour House.
Kurt Fortmeyer, "One More Night in Nashville"
Kurt Fortmeyer - (A Man Can't Live On) Beer Alone
Dex Romweber - "Is It Too Late?", "Blind Man", "Is That You in the Blue?"