Tune back: Musician sings of returning to Brooklyn

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A Fort Greene musician will celebrate her return to Brooklyn by releasing an album about how much she missed the borough. Frankie Rose, who will launch “Cage Tropical” at Baby’s All Right on Aug. 12, spent 18 months in Los Angeles while recording the album — and its songs soon reflected her desire to come back to Brooklyn.

“At that time I was literally trapped in Los Angeles and I wasn’t able to come home and I was really stuck there,” said Rose. “That’s what the album is about and I got to finish the back end of it in Brooklyn.”

Her fourth album reflects the distance she felt from her spiritual home in the borough of churches, where she lived for more than a decade.

“I feel like every album is a time capsule of what’s happening and my emotions and I’m taking a snapshot of what’s going with me and the album is an artifact of that,” she said.

At the release show, Rose and the other members of her four-piece band will play songs from the new album along with some older fan-favorites, she said. The night will give new listeners a taste of her music, without overwhelming them with material.

“It’s going to be my first time headlining a show and I’m kind of nervous, but it’s going to be good. And I don’t ever play more than 40 minutes — I try and keep it short and sweet,” said Rose.

The rocking songs on her new album are also inspired by the scores of science fiction and horror movies. Growing up she was always fond of films of the genre, especially John Carpenter movies, she said.

“I just gravitate to it and I love sci-fi works and movies — there’s so many great sounds that I experience,” said Rose. “There’s just something about moving pictures and music — nothing can move your emotions more.”

Frankie Rose at Baby’s All Right [146 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs avenues in Williamsburg,, (718) 599–5800]. Aug. 12 at 8 pm. $14 ($12 in advance).

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at
Updated 5:56 pm, July 9, 2018
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