For Beach House, Everything Is Necessary

Baltimore's dreamy duo turned down Starbucks to keep their music pure.

Often sporting slacks and blazers onstage, Legrand draws style inspiration from both men and women.

"I find men's style inspirational," she says. "Like Prince and George Harrison, but also people with androgynous style, like Patti Smith and Annie Lennox. There's many women who have chosen to just have fun (with fashion), and it gives them a sense of power.

"I think being gender-neutral is a good place to be," she continues. "I find there's a lot of sexuality in things people don't necessarily think of as sexy right off the bat. I think you could look at someone in a huge sweatshirt and find them sexy. And hair is extremely sensual."

Alex Scally (left) and Victoria Legrand have released four albums of artful, dreamy pop songs.
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Alex Scally (left) and Victoria Legrand have released four albums of artful, dreamy pop songs.

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House of Blues

1204 Caroline
Houston, TX 77002

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/ Midtown


Beach House

With Dustin Wong, 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837 or

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Onstage, Legrand pulls off this cool androgyny and simultaneous sensuality, her furled, long brown hair whipping each and every way as she sings and kind-of-sort-of head-bangs her way through songs.

But again, Legrand strips away the fluff from the business and vows to focus on the music.

"[Sexuality] is not something I'm trying to avoid in any way," she adds. "But for me, personally and performance-wise, music is my priority. Everything surrounding the music needs to be composed in a way that enhances it and not distracts from it.

"Music is first," she reiterates. "But exposing body parts is not exactly my interest while onstage. I'll leave that to Katy Perry."

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