It's always a nice surprise when a concert turns out to be much more fun than you expected it to be. Sunday night's Eels and Jesca Hoop show in the First Avenue Mainroom fit that bill all around.



I'm not easily taken by a single girl on stage with a guitar, but Hoop delivered a set of songs and stories charming enough to make me look forward to what was coming next in her 35-minute set. She wore five long feathers in her hair (purchased at a bait and tackle shop, apparently), and her voice often percolated above the willowy melodies into birdlike chirping.







It was clear Jesca is influenced by singers like Joanna Newsom and Bj