Marina Diamandis, better known by her stage name Marina And The Diamonds, is a very confident 24 year old. She took the stage Monday night at the 9:30 Club in DC to a near capacity crowd. She exudes personality and style – occupying a space somewhere between Amanda Palmer and Lilly Allen. She’s got the vocal chops and intensity of the former with the charm and accessibility of the latter.
Marina blew through most of her debut album The Family Jewels and a couple extras in an hour-long set, engaging the crowd for the duration. There were several costume changes, some great props and a strangely appropriate piano ballad cover of “STARSTRUKK” by 3OH!3. Highlights of her own material included “Shampain” and electro-tinged hit single “Oh No!”.
She had a great live band behind her with a very tight bassist, plenty of synth and hard-hitting drums. People are quick to assume that The Diamonds are her backing band, but Marina ended the show with “Mowgli’s Road” and proclaimed to the audience “I am Marina and YOU are the Diamonds”.
More pictures and a brand new video for “Shampain” after the jump.