Saturday, September 29, 2012

Angie Stone: Do What You Gotta Do

Her former romantic and professional partner D'Angelo's long-awaited third album has yet to be released; meanwhile, Angie Stone's sixth studio album 'Rich Girl' dropped this week.  The very funky first single 'Do What You Gotta Do' was out in June; the video premiered in July, with Angie looking fab and happy at 50.

She has a few East Coast shows scheduled between October and February, but surprisingly, no extensive tour in support of the new album has been announced.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Mountain: The Burn (In Your Eyes) + Daydreamer

Blake Runyon, Matt Luker, Candice Harris, and Matt Fonda make up L.A. based band New Mountain.  Several EPs have been released since 2010, and a stellar debut full-length entitled 'Under New Skies' dropped on September 13.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Runyon's gorgeous vocals call to mind Ryan Adams, Jeff Buckley, and Thom Yorke, yet very much manage to stand out from these giants; no small accomplishment.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Quadron: Day + Ex-Factor

Like their fellow Danes The Raveonettes, Quadron decided to relocate to the U.S. in order to further their careers. Producer/musician/songwriter Robin Hannibal took off for Los Angeles two years ago, vocalist/songwriter Coco followed last September, and the move has already paid off.  Although they have been part of L.A. based Plug Research's roster for a few years, the duo was recently signed to the label of their idol Michael Jackson: Epic Records will release the long-awaited follow up to their 2009 self-titled debut in early 2013.

Two interviews with Coco and Robin were published recently: one in English, one in Danish:

Prince, Adele, Jay-Z, Odd Future, and Kendrick Lamar are all big fans, and it's a safe bet that Michael Jackson would have become a fan after listening to Quadron's exquisite cover of  "Baby Be Mine":

The most recent videos from Quadron were uploaded to the web in February:  "Day" was shot in the Caribbean by Eddie Klint and Jenna Mangulad.  Coco's cover of Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor" was filmed during a tour break in Vienna; it features her regular live show bandmates August Rosenbaum on omnichord/vocals and Mads Forsby on hand percussion/vocals.

QUADRON "DAY" from Coco + Robin = Quadron on Vimeo.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lianne La Havas: Is Your Love Big Enough + Lost And Found + Forget + No Room For Doubt

23-year-old London born singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas (Greek father, Jamaican mother) started singing and playing the piano early, but didn't pick up the guitar until she was 18; today it's a distinct part of her sound.

Three EPs have been released since 2011; her debut studio album 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' dropped July 9.

She has played with Bon Iver, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Willy Mason; the track and video "No Room For Doubt" features Mason.

Prince, Stevie Wonder and Ryan Adams are among her biggest fans - maybe they'll sneak in in disguise for one of her many upcoming shows, including an in-store gig at Amoeba Records in Hollywood this evening at 6 pm.

The September 28 - October 21 UK part of her dizzying fall tour kicks off in London at the iTunes Festival where she will be opening for Alicia Keys.  She has one night in Paris October 24 before opening for John Legend in the U.S. October 29 through November 18.  (Note: one non-Legend gig in San Francisco is scheduled for November 17. )  Finally, there will be eleven shows in continental Europe November 21 through December 7.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Autolux: The Science of Imaginary Solutions + The Afghan Whigs/Frank Ocean: Lovecrimes



Autolux and The Afghan Whigs will both be part of the eclectic line up at the September 21-23 All Tomorrows Parties 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival, co-curated by The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli.  This annual NYC event will include a performance on Friday, September 21 by headliner Frank Ocean whose "Lovecrimes", off his 2010 debut mixtape 'Nostalgia, Ultra', was recently covered by The Afghan Whigs.

A connection to my previous post on The Raveonettes:  Sharin Foo is married to guitarist/vocalist Greg Edwards of L.A. based trio Autolux; the couple's daughter Molly was born in 2008. 

Autolux' most recent album 'Transit Transit" was released in 2010; the very trippy video for "The Science of Imaginary Solutions" was not uploaded to YouTube until in February of this year. 

Prior to their Sunday, September 23 festival gig in NYC, they have a show at The Bootleg Theater in L.A. on September 19.

Recently reunited after a 13-year hiatus, The Afghan Whigs will be following their Saturday September 22 NYC gig with an extensive U.S. fall tour; several of the shows have already sold out.

Frank Ocean will be the musical guest on the September 15 season premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Raveonettes: She Owns The Streets

Danish duo The Raveonettes will be releasing their sixth album 'Observator' on September 11.  Reuniting with producer Richard Gottehrer for the first time since 2005,  Sharin Foo and Sune Wagner recorded for seven days at legendary Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, the city Foo now calls home.

A gorgeous ode to self-expression, 'She Owns The Streets' was inspired by Loan Tran, a young woman in New York City whom Wagner had noticed dancing around the city; they were introduced and struck up a friendship.

The video was directed by London/Berlin based German photographer Peter Kaaden.

The Raveonettes kick off their big fall tour with a show in Portland, Oregon on September 21. (NOTE: two shows are scheduled in Toronto and Montreal the first week of October.)   After a show in Mexico City on October 14, the tour moves on to Europe on October 20 before wrapping up in Istanbul, Turkey on December 15.