Although Pipitone’s band was a bit modified, bringing in talents from two other bands, Patrick Shaughnessy on drums (from Doombuggy) and Rebecca Mercurio on acoustic bass (from Red Headed Stepchild), it gave the music a unique twist. Shaughnessy created a steady beat, acting as the backbone for the music, and Mercurio moved with the bass as if it were her own body. Holly Christiano kept the rhythm going on guitar as the band continued with “Brown eyed-man,” which emulated a classic rock sound, with a mixture of blues, that gave a slow and almost sexy feel.

The band also added to its set list a cover of Lucinda Williams’ “The Name of This Town,” which has also been covered by the infamous Tom Petty. To conclude her group’s set, Pipitone voiced her appreciation to be playing with L.P and then broke into her last song, “What Do You When You Don’t Know What To Do?” Pipitone wailed on the electric guitar and eventually slid down on her knees toward Christiano, proving to the audience that she is quite the virtuoso. It was only when the set stopped that the feet stopped tapping.

Next up was headliner LP, a petite woman sporting low riding jeans that were barely held on by a belt, a black t-shirt and wild, short, curly brown hair, covering almost all of her eyes and backed by a two guitar, one bass and drum lineup, began with her first song “Can’t Shake It.” I must say, after hearing the vocals from this woman, neither could I. If you just looked at LP, you would never guess that such incredibly powerful voice and impressive vocal range could come from such a tiny woman. Her voice (think a sweeter versions of Stevie Nick’s without the smoker’s voice) incorporates a hard-rock sound along with a bluesy undertone, which left the audience with their jaws on the floor and smiles across their faces.

LP released her debut solo album, Heart-shaped SCAR in 2001, and has been touring different venues around the country ever since. What made this show particularly unique was the fact that LP played only two songs off that album. The rest of her work was relatively new and extremely well done.

LP’s voice trilled in the song “Never Was,” as she hit high notes that would normally make your ears bleed. But she sang them so eloquently and with such ease you couldn’t realize the change in tone. Not only were LP’s vocals amazing but so was her stage presence. She used the stage as her own personal canvas and threw her entire body into the music. Strutting around the stage like a female Iggy Pop, LP kept the audience constantly focused on her. While singing the song “Little Depth,” LP added in a hint of Elvis by giving the audience a little lip curl, thrusting her hips in all directions, and moving with the music. Watching her was as fun as listening.

The bass and drums softened their sound during the song “Wasted,” which allowed the audience to hear LP’s distinctly flawless voice, while she kept her hard rock edge. I’ve gotta hand it to her; she makes being “wasted” quite a beautiful thing. It was amazing how she made singing seem so natural and effortless.

It was the song, “The Darkside,” that threw me for a loop. Although the blithe tune didn’t seem to fit the downer title, the band’s relentless energy made it sound phenomenal. They also made it interesting to watch as Lowry went airborne during the song, “Huge in Japan.” Returning for two encores, LP covered a slower version of Radiohead’s “Creep,” enrapturing the crowd one last time.

Although both Pipitone and LP are women who look like they would break if you twisted them the right way, they proved to the audience that size definitely doesn’t matter. Both artists, with their in-your-face vocals and strikingly intense energy, created a night of ongoing musical vigor that captivated the entire audience. If you weren’t there (and by the size of the turnout you probably weren’t), and like hard rockin’ music, you need to stop reading this and go check out both of these artists. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. By Amanda Zackem

Thursday evening at the Mohawk Place was undoubtedly a night in which women were in charge. The double-billed rock show featured none other than Buffalo’s own Alison Pipitone as the opener and New York City’s LP headlining.

Pipitone opened with a simple “thanks for coming” and then busted her way into the first song, “Long, Long, Ladder,” with her deep, sweet voice that gave off a solid vibe. Complementing her was her sister Jessica Pipitone, who sang backup vocals, harmonized beautifully. Although the crowd was minimal, that didn’t stop Pipitone from putting forth full effort. The song “If You Say No,” which she jokingly dedicated to “all of the smokers who are obeying the law,” was one that anyone could dance to. With its upbeat tempo, it could be played in your car while you drive to the beach (or to Beaver Island). Not only did the audience love this song, Pipitone’s energy showed as she gave us all a guitar-embraced leg kick.