Rachel Platten: music review

Singing in the same pop vein as Lily Allen [with less snarky] and Kate Nash, Brooklyn-based, Boston native Rachel Platten includes underlying cerebral, often serious-minded messages amidst catchy chords and dulcet vocals. Be Here is an effervescent collection of upbeat pop songs. Platten showcases her Berklee College of Music training through her vocal range and creative arrangements. There’s the infectious rhythm of “Nothing Ever Happens: “nothing ever happens if you don’t get hurt/ nothing ever happens if you never get dirty,” while on “Don’t Care What Time It Is,” Platten shows her soulful nature. Things are sweet and mellow on the inspirational “Little Light.” Be Here is a fantastic, kicky album to charge you up for anything.

my picks:
“Nothing Ever Happens”
“Don’t Care What Time It is”
“1000 Ships”

Label: Rock Ridge Music
Release date: April 26
PR: Skye Media

purchase at Amazon: Be Here


4/26/2011 StageIt Online Release Day Show
4/27/2011 Philadelphia, PA / Milkboy
4/30/2011 Boston, MA / The Red Room at Cafe 939 (w/ Lucy Woodward)
5/1/2011 Fairfield, CT / Stage One @ Fairfield Theatre (w/ Lucy Woodward)
5/3/2011 New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge (w/ Lucy Woodward) **ALBUM RELEASE SHOW**
5/5/2011 Easton, MD / Stoltz Listening Room @ Avalon Theatre (w/ Lucy Woodward)
5/11/2011 Orchard Park, NY / Mac’s Village Brewhaus
5/12/2011 Seneca Falls, NY / Bill’s Run Grille
5/13/2011 Orchard Park, NY / O’Neil’s Stadium Inn
5/14/2011 Middleburgh, NY / Renaissance Arts Studio
5/17/2011 Vienna, VA / Jammin Java (w/ Tony Lucca)
5/18/2011 Asbury Park, NJ / The Saint
5/19/2011 New York, NY / Banana Republic Event (34th Street Location)
5/20/2011 Pilegrove, NJ / Enoteca Wine Bar (w/ Tony Lucca)
5/21/2011 Newton Square, PA / Burlap and Bean (w/ Tony Lucca)
5/22/2011 Long Island, NY / Hotel Carolina Presents Wine & Music – Raphael Vineyards (w/ Tony Lucca, Parker Ainsworth, Keaton Simons)
5/26/2011 Hartford, CT / Black Eyed Sally’s
6/1/2011 Lewiston, ME / Geiger Factory Show
6/3/2011 Lyet Lobby @ Millersville University / Lancaster, PA (w/Bess Rogers)
6/7/2011 New Hope, PA / John & Peter’s (w/Bess Rogers)
6/8/2011 Easton, MD / The Night Cat (w/Bess Rogers)
6/9/2011 Washington, DC / Ebenezers Coffehouse (w/Bess Rogers)
6/10/2011 Baltimore, MD / 8 X 10 (w/ Bond and Bentley, Bess Rogers)
6/11/2011 Charlotte, NC / Evening Muse (w/ Bess Rogers)
6/12/2011 Atlanta, GA / Park Tavern (Unplugged in the Park sponsored by 99X; w/Bess Rogers)
6/14/2011 Columbia, SC / New Brookland Tavern (w/ Bess Rogers)
6/17/2011 Gatlinburg, TN / Hard Rock Cafe (w/Bess Rogers)
6/18/2011 Charlotte, NC / Tosco Music Party Beatles Night (w/ Bess Rogers)
6/22/2011 Columbus, OH / Brothers Drake (w/ Bess Rogers)
6/23/2011 Pittsburgh, PA / Thunderbird Café (w/ Bess Rogers)


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