“We’re female chauvinist pigs…” Jill Cunniff, one of the three members of Luscious Jackson, prefacing her invitation of a handful of men in the audience to join them on the stage to shake their booties during their song, “#1 Bum”. It was an informal kind of show for the band, who haven’t been in San Francisco for a very long time, having recently reunited for their first studio album since 1999. One of just three headlining shows for this tour (having played Los Angeles the night prior and with Boston still to come next Saturday, as well as two festival appearances), The Independent appeared sold out (or close to it) last night. They put on an electric show with material spanning their original 90s songs as well as the new album, all sounding fresh and original. They definitely still have “it”, and hopefully their efforts to reinvent themselves with their PledgeMusic campaign and new independent streak will lead to a resurgence of their special brand of rock/pop/hip hop.
Luscious Jackson will be playing just a handful of shows this year, kicking off with three of their own headlining shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston… and then onto Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle and and Summer’s End in Tempe. Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser, and Kate Schellenbach completed their Magic Hour late last year after success in funding it via PledgeMusic; it is their first full studio album since 1999.