Jumping Through Hoop
If you're heading to the Polyphonic Spree show tomorrow night at the Granada, be sure to get there early -- between 7:30 p.m. and 8 would be about right. Normally we skip opening acts, but the Spree has booked for this Fragile Army tour an intriguing artist: Jesca Hoop, who, at the moment, is perhaps best known for once having been the nanny to Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's three kiddos. She's also an wondrous singer-torch-songwriter, with a debut (Kismet) forthcoming later this year worth a few dozen spins.
There's no reason not to get to know Hoop before tomorrow night: Here's an estimable collection of her live work for you to sample, a trio of songs from her upcoming disc are available on her MySpace page, two more tracks can be found here (including the KCRW-approved "hit" "Seed of Wonder"), here are some radio-broadcast tracks, and below we've included the new video for her song "Big Fish."
And before the Spree hit the stage around 10ish, the band will screen its 52-minute making-of-Fragile Army doc, titled Raise Your Ears And Hold On To Your Heart, clips from which you'll find here, here, here and here. Non-believers need not apply. --Robert Wilonsky