Karen O joined onstage by Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmates at New York solo gig

The singer played tracks from her 'Crush Songs' debut solo LP

Karen O was joined onstage by her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase during an intimate show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on Friday night (September 12), in support of her debut solo album, 'Crush Songs'.

In front of just a few hundred fans, O took to the stage in an elegant gold-coloured gown and opened with 'NYC Baby', backed only by guitarists Moses Sumney and Holly Miranda. This was her fourth show in four days, following a three-night stint at Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel, but there was no sign of fatigue as the set continued with 'Ooo' and her cover of The Doors' 'Indian Summer'. Zinner made his first appearance of the night shortly thereafter, playing guitar on 'Visits', and reappeared intermittently throughout the set, first on 'Hideaway' and then 'Days Go By', on which they were joined by Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase (O's "brother from another mother") on tambourine.

The performance - like 'Crush Songs' itself - was hushed and quiet, with O seeming more like a statuesque jazz singer than her usual chaotic self. There were moments of levity, however, when during 'King' - her song about about the death of Michael Jackson - she held up the "single sparkling glove" referred to in the lyrics, and the cacophonous middle-section of 'Body' - which involved much screaming and rattling of sleigh bells - was more like the Karen O of old.

Returning after 'Hideaway' for a two-song encore, O was joined onstage by Jason Grisell for 'Duet', their song from 2011 'psycho-opera' 'Stop the Virgens', before finishing the set with 'The Moon Song', her Oscar-nominated contribution to last year's 'Her' soundtrack.

Karen O played:

'NYC Baby'
'Indian Summer'
'Other Side'
'So Far'
'Comes the Night'
'Sunset Sun'
'Native Korean Rock'
'Day Go By'
'Duet' (with Jason Grisell)
'The Moon Song'

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