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:

Marissa Nadler Announces New LP, ‘Strangers,’ Out May 20 on Sacred Bones

Marissa-Nadler-e1456563328950With six albums in 10 years and never a misstep, Marissa Nadler has grown her own perceptive language.” – Pitchfork

“Few artists are better for encouraging you to exorcise your own demons, or helping you feel less alone in the process.” – Consequence of Sound

For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, out May 20th on Sacred Bones, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.

Today Nadler has shared “”Janie in Love,”” one of her most texturally rich songs to date, and one that updates her signature sound with some of the most prominently featured drumming of her career. Her talent for powerfully juxtaposing the ominous and the beautiful is on full display.

Strangers Pre-order:
iTunes: http://geni.us/MNstrangersiTunes

In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”

Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place.

Marissa Nadler – Strangers
(May 20th, 2016 – Sacred Bones)

1. Divers of the Dust
2. Katie I Know
3. Skyscraper
4. Hungery Is the Ghost
5. All the Colors of the Dark
6. Strangers
7. Janie In Love
8. Waking
9. Shadow Show Diane
10. Nothing Feels the Same
11. Dissolve

Stream below: Marissa Nadler – “”Janie In Love””

Front and Center: Singer-Songwriter, Catie Waters

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Front and Center:  Singer-Songwriter, Catie Waters

By Gabriella Steffenberg

photo-13Catie Waters’ career is still young, yet she has already garnered great success. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has a voice that goes beyond her years, channeling the soul, blues, and jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, and Erykah Badu.

With her debut album, Stone Child, released in 2013, Waters is back in the studio working on new original music. In between recording her album and performing shows, Waters has been posting some of her favorite covers with her own unique twist to her YouTube channel, giving her fans something to hold onto before her new music is released. Find out more about Waters and all that is to come this year by visiting her official website and Facebook, and read the interview in full below:

WiMN: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

CW: There are so many. Music is my life and there are a lot of artists that have touched my soul and given me inspiration. However to name a few: Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lianne La Havas, Ella Eyre, Regina Spektor, Missy Elliot, Janelle Monae, and Jennifer Hudson.

WiMN: When did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?

CW: I have known my entire life music is what I’ve wanted to do. I started singing and learning music at a very young age.

WiMN: How has YouTube helped connect your fans with your music?

CW: YouTube and social media in general is a great tool to connect with my fans. It makes it easy to communicate with fans from all over the world. I appreciate YouTube and the other platforms that make it possible to share my music!

WiMN: What are some of your hobbies outside of music?

CW: I love reading books – you can live a thousand lives through the pages of books. I also started acting about a year ago, and it’s another beautiful form of artistry that allows me to tell a story, as does music. They are both incredible styles of creative expression.

WiMN: What is one of your favorite performance memories?

CW: One of my favorite performance memories was when I did a show for the American Dreamers benefit concert and opened for Jon Huertas. We did the show in the warehouse district in L.A. and a lot of people came out to support the cause. It was a cool vibe, but most of all, it was a performance to benefit a great cause.

WiMN: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received regarding the music industry?

CW: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received regarding being in the music industry is to be myself. There are so many wonderful artists and musicians, but there is only one ‘you.’

WiMN: What are your plans musically for 2016?

CW: Right now I am spending a lot of time in my studio writing and creating new music. I will be traveling and doing some shows later in the year. I am also doing a few great collaborations and releasing a new single soon. There is a lot in the works, so stay tuned!

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.

Front and Center: Pianist and Singer-Songwriter of Photocomfort, Justine Bowe

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Front and Center: Pianist and Singer-Songwriter of Photocomfort, Justine Bowe

By Gabriella Steffenberg

Having played their first live show this past year, the indie rock trio (comprised of Justine Bowe, Gabe Goodman, and Will Radin), Photocomfort, is on the rise. Bowe, the lead vocalist, songwriter, and pianist for Photocomfort, is ready to take center stage and venture into the crazy world that is the music industry.photocomfort

Bowe recently spoke with The WiMN about her favorite things about playing live shows, recording and releasing a new sound, her love for Jenny Lewis, and the best advice she’s ever received. Tune in below for the full interview, and check out Photocomfort’s official websiteFacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts.

WiMN: What was it like to open for Zella Day in Cambridge, Mass.?

JB: Opening for Zella Day at the Sinclair in Cambridge, Mass. was surreal for us – almost to the level of hilarity. We had never played a show before, and were just tinkering on some songs at our practice space when we got the call asking if we’d like to open up for a sold-out crowd at one of our favorite venues.

All we had wanted to achieve as a goal with our first show was to just get through the set without any major issues. But the Zella Day experience delivered so much more for us, and the crowd was incredible. The weirdest thing was that some folks had come out to see us, which, though I’ve been touring with other bands for years, was the first time to happen for my work. Pretty special.

WiMN: Tell us about Photocomfort’s debut single, “Not Love.” It’s a more electronic/80s-influenced sound than tracks that you and bandmate Gabe Goodman had previously released.

JB: Our single, “Not Love,” was kind of a fun foray into synth pop with some punch. It is definitely the most pop-friendly thing we’ve produced, which is a direction we wanted to explore. So, it’s different from our roots, which are more folk and rock influenced, but we always want to push ourselves to try new things.

The tune we released after that, called “Slowdance,” is definitely a lot truer to our usual form. We’re an unsigned band, so there’s no one telling us what we can and can’t do, what we can and can’t release. We want the tunes that we release to reflect our dynamic interests. Music should be fun to create, but it should also be an intellectual challenge. That’s what we try to convey.

WiMN: What methods have you found work best for your songwriting sessions?

JB: Generally either Gabe and I will come to the table, or in most cases, an email, with some sort of idea that we think is promising or interesting. That idea could be a verse, a chorus, a beat, a few chords – it totally varies. But the most important thing for us is that we’ve figured out a work flow that works for us as individuals and as a team – if we’re working on a tune on the computer and get stuck, we move to acoustic instruments, and vise versa.

The general rule for our songs, though, is that they have to stand up for themselves if we play them acoustically without any fancy production or frills. That rule keeps the songs, the content, and the concepts as the heart of the project, not just the production or the instrumentation.

WiMN: At what moment did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?

JB: I didn’t start writing songs until I was seventeen or so. Until then, I had always been a lover of music, and always fell in with a musical crowd. I would have to say at that time there weren’t a lot of cool contemporary stuff for me to turn to and see front women owning the craft of writing and performance.

I think discovering Jenny Lewis changed things for me. Up until then, the ladies I was listening to were from the past, like Joan Baez and Jefferson Airplane. But Jenny was out there making an impact on the scene, and I suppose that’s when I saw myself up there, too. So, I dyed my hair red. Not a good look for me.

WiMN: What do you enjoy doing in your down time?

JB: Nothing makes me happier than hanging out with a group of my buddies and watching a movie. Or baking cookies. Or going for a run around Brighton. Or getting coffee with my parents. But that whole time, I’m usually like, “I should be writing songs…” And then I shut myself up in my room for a while.

WiMN: When did you start playing piano?

JB: I started playing piano when I was probably 7 or 8 years old. The experience was so classic – it was from an old lady who lived up the street, who made me sing while I played, and who gave recitals in her living room. The structure of that didn’t really work for my rebellious stage, which I think lasted until a couple years ago.

What made a real difference for me was taking a few lessons with teachers who saw that even though I had trouble reading music, I was really engaged by improvisational work. One of those teachers even wrote out the score for the first song I ever wrote – I oughta try and find that.

WiMN: What’s the best advice someone has given to you regarding the music industry?

JB: TURN AND RUN – I didn’t take it though. The best advice, which I’m still trying to take into account, is to play a bunch of shows, and to say yes to opportunities. To get comfortable on stage, and to figure out who you’re going to be up there… I’m still figuring that out.

WiMN: Which musicians have inspired you and influenced your sound?

JB: I’ve got a lot of love for some 60s and 70s folk stuff, like early Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel. After that I got into a big Radiohead phase, which of course I haven’t left, as well as The National and Grizzly Bear. All are pretty accessible, yet inventive stuff.

WiMN: What’s your favorite part of playing live shows?

JB: My favorite part about playing live shows is the feeling of completing the circle of song creation. Bringing something from an inspired idea, to a whole song, to a recorded and released product, and then playing that song for people (who hopefully like it!) is the most gratifying conclusion to a lot of really hard work.

WiMN: What are your plans for 2016?

JB: Write, write, write. Write write, write write write write…

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

She Rocks Showcase at The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival

By Gabriella Steffenberg

The autumn heat wave didn’t stop any of the talented performers from rocking out at the She Rocks Showcase on Sept. 20, with amazing sets by Kate Diaz, Laura Clapp, and Post Modern Authors.

The WiMN held their second She Rocks Showcase of the year at The Taste of WGBH Food & Wine Festival this past Saturday at the WGBH headquarters in Boston, Mass. WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore attended the event, noting that “it was wonderful to share these talented artists with folks at the WGBH Food and Wine Festival. What amazing performers! We look forward to creating more opportunities for female artists in 2016.”

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With the sun on their side, Kate Diaz, featuring Daniel DeSalles on the drums, opened up the show with some soulful original songs. Following Diaz, Laura Clapp performed her empowering set and ended with a crowd favorite, a cover of the classic “Me and Bobby McGee.” Closing the show, Cambridge, Mass.-based band, Post Modern Authors, electrified the crowd and rocked out with a full band.

Check out the performers official sites:

Kate Diaz: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Laura Clapp: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Post Modern Authors: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Check out pictures from the event here!

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.