Acerbic Wit & Infectious Melodies: Caroline Rose Shines at The Mothlight

Caroline Rose + WASI @ The Mothlight | 03.29.18

If you haven’t already heard of Caroline Rose, it shouldn’t be long before you do. A stylistic leap from her Americana 2014 debut, Rose’s new album, LONER, is garnering plenty of attention. Loaded with catchy hooks, LONER is a pop record on the surface, but deeper listens reveal serious subjects wrapped in sharp wit. It’s that sense of humor that appears to define Caroline Rose as something special.

Decked out in red track jacket and exercise shorts, with a matching red headband, Rose arrived on stage at the Mothlight on Thursday night as a spitting image of how she appears on her album cover. In addition to her three backing band members, the stage setup included an Elmo piñata that had seen better days , and an electronic kitten that sat perched upon Rose’s keyboard. Bouncing quickly through a rollicking set highlighted by album singles “Money” and “Soul No. 5,” Rose found time between songs to slip in some ridiculous and hilarious stage banter that included a tale from tour about a gas station bathroom. The energetic set kept the crowd moving, peaking late with a rip-roaring rendition of Britney Spears’ 2003 hit “Toxic” which definitely hit a nostalgic sweet spot for the young audience.

Bursting at the seams with a youthful vitality, L.A. quintet WASI got the night started with a sound that blended the punchy electronic disco of Le Tigre with the catchy pop punk that southern California is known for.


Caroline Rose


Catch Caroline Rose on tour:

31 Mar 2018 Songbyrd Washington, DC
03 Apr 2018 Rough Trade NYC Brooklyn, NY
04 Apr 2018 Great Scott Allston, MA
05 Apr 2018 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
06 Apr 2018 Cafe Nine New Haven, CT
07 Apr 2018 Higher Ground Showcase Lounge South Burlington, VT
11 Apr 2018 Buffalo Iron Works Buffalo, NY
12 Apr 2018 Beachland Tavern Cleveland , OH
13 Apr 2018 Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
14 Apr 2018 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Back Room Kalamazoo, MI
15 Apr 2018 Hi-Fi Indianapolis, IN
17 Apr 2018 Redstone Room Davenport, IA
18 Apr 2018 Hideout Chicago, IL
19 Apr 2018 El Club Detroit, MI
20 Apr 2018 The Dakota Tavern Toronto, ON
21 Apr 2018 The Dakota Tavern Toronto, ON
18 May 2018 Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores, AL
06 Jun 2018 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
07 Jun 2018 Reverb Omaha, NE
08 Jun 2018 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
09 Jun 2018 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
12 Jun 2018 The Sunset Seattle, WA
13 Jun 2018 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
15 Jun 2018 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
16 Jun 2018 The Moroccan Lounge Los Angeles, CA
21 Jun 2018 Stubb’s Jr. Austin, TX
22 Jun 2018 The Rustic (Dallas) Dallas, TX
23 Jun 2018 White Oak Music Hall: Upstairs Houston, TX
30 Jun 2018 The Colony Woodstock, NY
22 Sep 2018 Pilgrimage Music Festival Franklin, TN
23 Sep 2018 Pilgrimage Music Festival Franklin, TN