The Hollywood Forever Cemetery played host to Australian brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone last night, and it was definitely one of the strangest venues I’ve ever been to for a show. When you think cemetery you don’t think folk-rock concert, but oddly enough the venue was very fitting for the quiet, lo-fi sounds of Angus and Julia Stone. The Masonic Lodge auditorium had great acoustics, and Julia’s large, haunting voice perfectly filled the space. I’ve only recently jumped on the Stone Family bandwagon after hearing “Yellow Brick Road” on KCRW, a song off their new album Down the Way. I first thought it was a new Josh Rouse song (which is a huge compliment), but when I found out it was a duo that included an amazing female singer, I had to hear more. Hearing Julia’s voice in person was a big treat. Her vocal range was very impressive. She walked the line between Fiona Apple and CocoRosie and hit breath-taking notes effortlessly. Not only did she have an amazing voice but the girl is an amazing multi-instrumentalist. She played the guitar, sat down at the piano, and even whipped out the trumpet later in the show. And just when you thought she was had pulled out all the stops, she drops the cover of “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. Really an impressive showing from this duo, whose set felt like a jam session in their living room that I was lucky enough to sit in on.


Angus & Julia Stone – Yellow Brick Road (Stream Only)

Angus & Julia Stone – You’re the One That I Want (Stream Only)

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