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“I don’t consider myself a very good technical player, and it’s never been a goal of mine to be that. I’ve always been more interested in pushing the instruments in ways that other bassists don’t.”
“In a slew of farewell performances before she pulls up stakes and moves to Austin, Monique Ortiz has been reasserting her authority as sharp songwriter, virtuoso fretless and slide bassist, and fearsome singer of dark and sexy tales. In a guaranteed all-sales-final last performance (as a Bostonian), she gathers the crew with which she first made a name for herself here as Bourbon Princess: drummer Jerome Deupree, guitarist Jim Moran, and saxist Russ Gershon. | Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 8:30 pm |”
“With a deep voice and a striking stage presence, the singer/bassist is one of the few to build something personal out of Morphine’s rhythm-driven “low rock” sound.”
“it’s Morphine with Nina Simone sitting in on vocals. Or, dare I say it, a female Mark Sandman, complete with the smoldering sexuality”
"...torchy, sensual, and rawly emotive."
"Her voice is intoxicating, mesmerizing and sexy all at the same time…quite a feat indeed."
““Ortiz’s lyrics made me wish there were ten times as many people there to listen. They sounded like what Karate would sound like if the singer was a girl and Tom waits had fathered her.” ”
"....unapologetic carnal urges, bleeding emotional wounds, and keeping your chin up. Minimalistic bohemian voodoo, baby."
"...like a mix between the punk sensibilities of Television and the arty dreariness of Nick Cave, this is dreamy, nightmarish, sinister and oddly compelling."
"The perfect soundtrack to a late night of low lights and smoky ruminations."
“ “Her voice is some strange amalgam of Nico, Patti Smith and P.J.Harvey. Her post-punk delivery, fluctuating between detachment and inspiration, supports the gritty conversational street poetry evoking Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon at times.” ”