Fiona Apple Joins Andrew Bird on “Left Hand Kisses”

By Gabriella Steffenberg 

fiona appleAlternative Rock dream, Fiona Apple, joins Andrew Bird on his newest track, “Left Hand Kisses.” The duo released the official music video on March 14 and it’s off of Bird’s forthcoming release, Are You Serious, due out April 1.

Apple and Bird perform “Left Hand Kisses” in an intimate setting, with two chairs facing each other in an empty room. The video is simple and highlights the extreme talent from the duo, and Apple fans can rejoice that she’s back on some new music. With her signature gravelly voice, Apple sings out lyrics of sweet sarcasm alongside Bird in a joyous, delectable duet.

Indulge in “Left Hand Kisses” for yourself below:

Front and Center: “Let’s Talk Music” idobi Radio Show Host, Sara Scoggins

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Front and Center:  Let’s Talk Music idobi Radio Show Host, Sara Scoggins

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Tech startup by day, radio show host by night, Sara Scoggins does it all. Host of Let’s Talk Music on the alternative internet radio station idobi, Scoggins has a passion for music and is building a name for herself in the music industry.

LTM Photo 2While being able to interview some of her favorite musicians, discover new music, and connect with users worldwide, Scoggins is fulfilling her love of talking about music with “friends” all across the globe.

Find out more about Scoggins below, and head here for more information on her idobi Radio show.

WiMN: Tell us about how Let’s Talk Music came to fruition.

SS: My buddy Matt Vogel, who works with idobi, asked me if I’d ever want to get involved, and of course I was excited at the idea of doing my own thing. The show is basically how I am in my own life so coming up with what I’d want the show to be was pretty easy. I love sharing music with friends and usually can’t wait to share new music with someone, so this was an opportunity to do what with an audience larger than what would fit in my car.

WiMN: What do you love about radio?

SS: I love that they can’t see me! It’s so wonderful to know your audience tunes in just because they appreciate your voice and what you have to say. They don’t care about what kind of clothes you have, or what your hair looks like. They tune in for the most pure reason. Because its fun and they enjoy being part of a community.

WiMN: Outside of your radio show, what do you do?

SS: I work for a tech start up in Los Angeles that’s launching a new app in February (fingers crossed). Hopefully one day you’ll download it.

WiMN: Do you have any memorable interview stories involving musicians you admire?

SS: I talk about this all the time, but I had an especially wonderful experience interviewing Aaron Marsh of Copeland last year. He was very generous with his answers and he was really engaged. I’ve always loved Copeland so it was wonderful to talk to him about anything and everything.

WiMN: Who are your favorite musicians/bands at the moment and why?

SS: Oooh, well even just today a friend I’ve known for a few years suggested I check out The Paper Kites and I can’t stop. He knows me really well so it was a great recommendation. It’s really beautiful and there are some tracks that make you want to dance. I also really loved the Foxing album last year and the new one from The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. But my all time favorite bands are Jimmy Eat World, Brand New and Paramore. I’ve turned to those albums for years when I need them and they’ve always provided me with what I need.

WiMN: Are there any professionals within the music industry who inspire you?

SS: My peers mostly. idobi is filled with such passionate people and my regular jobs is as well. I’m really inspired by people who build their own path. People who have a ton of conviction and belief that they have something to offer. Anyone who has a vision and isn’t afraid to see it come to life inspires me.

WiMN: What’s the best piece of advice you can give to women within the industry?

SS: My advice to anyone who’s looking to get into the industry is to cultivate a voice. Figure out where you would fit in and where you can possibly disrupt things.

WiMN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

SS: Well, I would never have said that I’d be here 10 year ago, so I really don’t know. I think I like it better that way.

Grimes Releases New Music Video, “Kill V. Maim”

By Gabriella Steffenberg

grimesOffbeat pop dream Grimes released her anticipated music video for “Kill V. Maim” off of Art Angels on Jan. 19. Featuring lots of fierce looks and B.A. video game-esque shots, Grimes powerfully leads through an adventure that includes a deserted subway station with her crew while adorned in all-black and punk garb, before zooming down city streets and more before ending up moshing around a dark club covered with what appears to be blood.

If you want to watch a completely awesome, refreshing music video and listen to some powerful feminist lyrics by this “anti-pop star,” feast your eyes and ears below:

 

Julia Holter Shares “Silhouette” Video & Announces Headlining US Tour Dates

Silhouette video still

“Silhouette” video still

Following the release of her richly acclaimed new album Have You In My Wilderness, Julia Holter has shared the video for the album’s latest single, “Silhouette,” directed by Rick Bahto. Watch the video now HERE.
 
Julia Holter performed ‘”Silhouette”’ recently as part of a KEXP session. The session can be viewed HERE, and ‘”Silhouette’” specifically HERE. 
 
Holter has also announced a run of 2016 North American tour dates. All dates are below, and are on sale this coming Friday, November 20 at 10:00am local time. 
 
JULIA HOLTER TOUR DATES 
Thurs Jan 28 || San Diego, CA || The Irenic || TIX
Sat Jan 30 || Los Angeles, CA || Teregram Ballroom || TIX
Sun Jan 31 || San Francisco, CA || The Chapel || TIX
Tues Feb 2 || Portland, OR || Holoscene || TIX
Wed Feb 3 || Seattle, WA || Columbia City Theater || TIX
Thurs Feb 4 || Vancouver, BC || The Cobalt  || TIX
Tues Feb 23 || New York, NY || Bowery Ballroom || TIX
Fri Feb 26 || Philadelphia, PA || Johnny Brenda’s || TIX
 
Have You In My Wilderness is available on CD, digitally, and LP. The album includes the singles ‘”Feel You’” (watch the video HERE) and ‘”Silhouette’” (watch the video HERE) as well as previously released tracks ‘”Sea Calls Me Home’” (watch the video HERE) and ‘”Betsy On The Roof’” (listen to the official audio HERE). Buy from Dom Mart HERE and iTunes HERE.
 
Praise for Have You In My Wilderness:
 
“Minimalist patterns and airy lyrics mesh in the songs of Julia Holter, who easily walks the line between classical and pop.” – New York Times
 
“Enchanting” – Rolling Stone
 
“It’s a wholly absorbing record, one that doesn’t so much tell a single story as stitch together those tiny snatches of memory that make up our idea of another person” – The Fader
 
“Soothing and gently unsettling at once” – Mother Jones
 
“Transcendent” – ­Pitchfork, Best New Music
 
“A breathtaking headphone record that rewards amplified, focused listening.” LA Times

Emily Wells’ ‘Promise’ – A Soul Record in Baroque Clothing – Out January 29, 2016

Headlining Tour Kicks Off Feb 2; Listen to New Track “You Dream of China” via Brooklyn Vegan: LINK HERE

From Glide Magazine

From Glide Magazine

While composing her new LP Promise, Emily Wells read Joan Didion, ran to Drake and projected Pina Bausch films onto her studio’s walls. The repetitive, agonistic and emotional nature of the dancer’s work is akin to Wells’ practice of building on layers of repetition, disrupting, then building again. Recording it she spent 12-hour stretches holed up alone in her studio over the course of two cathartic years, her patience inspired by light artist James Turrell’s quote, “Not everyone will sit in a darkened room for ten minutes before they begin to see.”

The resulting 11 original songs, out January 29 on her newly minted label Thesis & Instinct, are a meditation on Wells’ life and world view deeply nourished by art and literature. A soul record in baroque clothing, ‘Promise’ reflects on friendship, risk and desire. The cover and title are derived from the installation “Promesa” by Cabella/Carceller, an interdisciplinary collaborative pair of Spanish artists, who lent Wells the work after she discovered it in the book Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer.

On Promise, Wells is composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist performer proving yet again why NPR praises her as “one woman with the force of a band.” The classically trained violinist builds a cocoon of layered and looped sounds live and on record completely analog–no computers in sight. In addition to violin she plays viola, drums, synth, guitar and bass on the album alongside friends who guest on everything from vibraphone to French horn.

The New Yorker praises Wells’ “moving voice and boundless imagination” while The Guardian UK compliments her ability to “merge different styles at will and create accessible tunes even – or especially – when they’re weirdly melodic, or melodically weird.” She has collaborated with hip hop producer Dan the Automator and as a composer she contributed to the soundtrack and score for Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker and scored Here Is Something Beautiful (Etc.. She will tour in support of Promise in 2016. Tour dates below.

Promise Tracklist:
1. Los Angeles
2. You Dream of China
3. Don’t Use Me Up
4. Pack of Nobodies
5. Take it Easy
6. Come To Me
7. Fallin In On It
8. Antidote
9. Adagio
10. Richard
11. Light Is Drainin

Emily Wells 2016 North American Tour Dates:
2/2 – Washington, DC – Black Cat 
2/3 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
2/4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
2/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddly
2/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
2/10 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
2/11 – Ft. Worth, TX – Lola’s
2/12 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr.
2/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
2/16 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
2/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey
2/18 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
2/19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/23 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
2/24 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
2/25 – Boise, IN – Neurolux
2/26 – Boise, IN – Cinder Winery
2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
3/2 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
3/3 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
3/5 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar
3/6 – St. Louis, MO – The Luminary
3/9 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/10 – Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
3/11 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
3/12 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s

EMILY WELLS ON THE WEB:
http://emilywellsmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/emilywellsmusic
http://twitter.com/emilywellsmusic
http://instagram.com/emilywellsmusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/edubproductions

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down to Tour North America Spring 2016

Photo credit: Maria Kanevskaya

Photo credit: Maria Kanevskaya

Critically acclaimed artist Thao & The Get Down Stay Down will tour North America next spring, kicking off March 25 in Portland and playing New York’s Webster Hall, Los AngelesRegent Theater, Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, Thalia Hall in Chicago and more.

The band has gained a reputation for their widely toured live show, which WXPN praises as “blistering” and Brightest Young Things says is “steeped in attitude and energy. Thao Nguyen is a hell of a performer with an electric enthusiasm…she seems to command your feet to dance.” The dates follow a string of festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Bumbershoot and more.

Presale tickets are available now via www.thaoandthegetdownstaydown.com, with public on sale Friday, November 20. See full tour dates below.

The band recently finished recording a new album, due in the spring of 2016. Stay tuned for more news and watch a teaser here.

Based in San Francisco after growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at age 12. She has released a trio of critically acclaimed records, 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings and All, 2009’s Know Better Learn Faster and 2013’s We The Common with her backing band The Get Down Stay Down. Nguyen has toured the world extensively, including a U.S. tour with the nationally syndicated NPR program “Radiolab,” and performed on an episode of PBS’ “Austin City Limits” last year.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN LIVE

December 31                            San Francisco, CA                                        The Masonic*
March 25                                   Portland, OR                                           Wonder Ballroom
March 26                                   Seattle, WA                                              Neptune Theatre
March 27                                   Vancouver, BC                                                  The Cobalt
March 30                                   Minneapolis, MN                              Fine Line Music Café†
March 31                                   Milwaukee, WI                                                 Turner Hall†
April 1                                        Chicago, IL                                                      Thalia Hall†
April 2                                        St. Louis, MO                                       The Ready Room†
April 3                                        Louisville, KY                                                   Headliners†
April 5                                        Asheville, NC                                                   Grey Eagle†
April 6                                        Nashville, TN                                                Mercy Lounge
April 7                                        Cincinnati, OH                                    Woodward Theater†
April 8                                        Millvale, PA                                          Mr. Smalls Theatre†
April 9                                        Toronto, ON                                                 Adelaide Hall‡
April 11                                      South Burlington, VT                  Higher Ground Ballroom‡
April 12                                      Cambridge, MA                                             The Sinclair‡
April 13                                      New York, NY                                               Webster Hall§
April 15                                      Washington, D.C.                                             9:30 Club§
April 16                                      Philadelphia, PA                                   Underground Arts†
April 17                                      Richmond, VA                                            The Broadberry
April 18                                      Carrboro, NC                                                  Cat’s Cradle
April 20                                      Atlanta, GA                                                   Terminal West
April 21                                      New Orleans, LA                                      One Eyed Jacks
April 22                                      Houston, TX                                   Warehouse Live Studio
April 23                                      Austin, TX                                                      The Mohawk
April 24                                      Dallas, TX                                                                  Trees
April 26                                      Albuquerque, NM                                             Launchpad
April 27                                      Phoenix, AZ                                    The Crescent Ballroom
April 28                                      Solana Beach, CA                                                 Belly Up
April 29                                      Los Angeles, CA                                 The Regent Theatre

*with The Decemberists
†with Saintseneca
‡with Little Scream
§with Saintseneca and Little Scream

Billboard Names Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes Women in Music ‘Powerhouse’ Artist for 2015

By Gabriella Steffenberg

This award may come as no surprise to any avid Alabama Shakes/Brittany Howard lover, but Billboard has officially crowned Howard as their 2015 Women in Music ‘Powerhouse’ artist, joining Lady Gaga (who was named Women of the Year) for one of the lists’ top honors.

Taken from www.grammy.com

Taken from www.grammy.com

Co-president of Billboard Janice Min says of Howard, “Brittany Howard is the true definition of a powerhouse, from her unique and crushing vocals, to her meteoric rise in the last four years.”

Alabama Shakes most recent debut, Sound & Color, debuted No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and played this past year at Coachella and headlined the Boston Calling Music Festival alongside Hozier. Oh, and not to mention she released a complete LP under the moniker Thunderbitch last month.

To catch the event, tune into Lifetime on Dec. 18 for the first-ever broadcast of Billboard’s Women in Music.

Adrian Conner of AC/DC Tribute Band Hell’s Belles Launches Pledge Fund to Help Release New Solo Acoustic Album

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Adrian Conner, the lead guitarist for the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles, is gearing up to release her eighth studio album next month titled Hush!. Hush! is a fully acoustic album, which is a first for electric shredder Conner.

Cover art for 'Hush!'

Cover art for ‘Hush!’

The Austin rocker is a seasoned pro, having traveled and toured all over (including opening for Brody Dalle last year in San Francisco), playing music and letting her guitar skills flex. Now it is time to move into a realm in which she feels more exposed – the acoustic world.

As Conner recently told Austin.com, “there are no effects on an acoustic guitar… I’m totally naked and have to be more technically proficient. But on the flip side, I can hear my voice more than ever.”

Conner is excited to release Hush! to the public because she wanted to create an album that her and her band could perform at any and every venue. The album has no fixed genre, with musical stylings of blues, rock, indie, folk, and alternative. Her newest effort covers acoustic versions of her own previous works and new material, as well as acoustic takes on rock classics such as Led Zeplin’s “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.”

Although she’s surpassed her goal, her fundraising page on Pledge Music is still open for another 29 days until the release. The extra money will go toward the promotion of Hush! and different donations allot to various exclusive items for fans. Stay “in the know” with Conner at www.adrianconner.com and keep an ear out for Hush!, her rad new album due this September.