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Artist: Semi-Precious Weapons
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Date: 1/31/2009
Opener: Nico Vega & Von Iva
Label: Razor & Tie Entertainment

Written By: Ken Pierce (copyright 2009) for PiercingMetal.com

Before I had walked out the door for this show, my day had actually started off with a massive amount of emails and calls from friends who were all wondering if I was going to be hitting the area appearance of Metallica that night and doing my “Metal Guy” thing. Alas I was not and their notes actually didn’t bother me all that much because I was bravely adventuring out for something completely new to my senses as opposed to stuff I was fully aware of. The show would be at The Highline Ballroom and the super cold night made the confines of the club seem like a welcome and warm embrace. The gig was referred to as “The Hell On Heels” tour and found headliners Semi-Precious Weapons performing with both Von Iva and Nico Vega. It would be my first go round for all of the groups so I made sure to check this one out from the very beginning. Here is what you missed if you didn’t join in on the fun. Von Iva was up first.

Von Iva: I had been informed that this San Francisco band made an appearance in the recent Jim Carrey movie "Yes Man" and as result was enjoying an added burst of popularity. The group consists of three girl members that handle vocals, keyboards and drums and in the end offer up a very danceable sort of vibe. They are fronted by Jillian Iva who regularly engaged the audience and even came out to sing amidst them during their short set. Keyboards come by way of Bex and drums from Lay Lay and while Bex stays in one spot on her stationary boards, Lay Lay moves to the front for a short time to play on different drums which were set up for her use. While Electronic Pop is not really my thing the group was certainly entertaining and as I wandered around the room I had met up with people who were not there for the main act and instead more interested in Von Iva. Nico Vega was coming up next...