Motionless, and released it a little more than a month ago. How does one celebrate her debut album’s hitting Spotify and iTunes? Throwing a concert at Warehouse Live. Any singer with the smallest hint of pop sensibility looks at the WHL stage as not just a rite of passage but a venue to make her own. Motionless packs those pop-meets-hip-hop moments such as “Bad Girlz,” and neon-glow dance cuts like “Magic,” and plays to Sugar Joiko’s greatest strength: her ability to be anything she feels like.
Pop artists like Sugar Joiko don’t necessarily come from the most straightforward beginnings. Offstage, she’s a self-professed nerd and a lover of video games and anime, and sports long, unmistakable silver braids to prove it. But the Louisiana-to-Houston transplant has always had this voice, this perfectly wound instrument that can move into sonic boom territory if provoked. After becoming a mainstay at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and nailing cover songs left and right, Joiko crafted her own album,