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new music and tour dates: Kate Nash

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Enviably accomplished at 30, Kate Nash is not merely a fantastic musician, she’s also a feminist activist and stars as Rhonda Richardson on Netflix’s GLOW, one of my favorite new shows. It’s brilliant, inspirational and female-centric. Her fourth studio album, Yesterday Was Forever will be released March 30, 2018 and she will be on tour this spring. Her bubblegum pop music with smart and thoughtful lyrics seriously helped me through some brutal times. Empowerment with infectious beats. The first single– “Drink About You” is out now.

About the new single, Kate explains: “’Drink About You’ is about breaking up with someone and becoming obsessed with an idea of who they are, to the point you can’t think of anything else or move on. It’s an unhealthy obsession, you imagine things are better than they are and latch on to whatever you can about the relationship that could be turned to good. And you deal with the pain in an unhealthy way too.”

04/04 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
04/05 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
04/07 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
04/09 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
04/10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
04/12 – Santa Diego, CA – The Observatory – North Park
4/13 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
04/14 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
04/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04/17 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
04/20 – Chicago, IL – Park West
04/21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
04/23 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
04/24 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
04/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
04/28 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
04/29 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
04/30 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05/02 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

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new music: Frameworks; FEMME; Your Friend

Frameworks, “Branches”

–perfect for a Sunday. smooth and inviting. house beats that burst euphorically yet subdued. EP out now. British downtempo and instrumental hip hop producer Matthew Brewer aka Frameworks released the EP Branches [Loci Records] on November 20.

FEMME, “Gold”

–upbeat and bold. fantastic song. dance-able and empowering. Femme says about writing the song: “I wrote “Gold” after spending many days watching ABBA videos and late nights dreaming of Shirley Bassey. It’s about being blinded by someone’s immaculate golden veneer to the point of not realizing you may not be in love at all.” EP out now. debut album out in the spring.


Your Friend, “Come Back From It”

–Taryn Miller is the talent behind Your Friend. Lovely blissful melodies and murky-cool lyrics. Her debut album GUMPTION [Domino] is out January 29. Of the video, Miller says: It was freezing, and wild. He (the motorcycle driver) was weaving between highway traffic and at times, splitting the space between semis. It all came together at the very end of my trip, and was a really lovely way to leave after seeing what so many endured. There was this juxtaposition of the time that I arrived, and the night before I left. The streets were empty on my first day there, and it was exhilarating to be riding back into the city like that, and to have witnessed such resilience during such a dark time.”

TOUR DATES (w/ Porches & Alex G):
Wed. Mar. 9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Thu. Mar. 10 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Fri. Mar. 11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
Sat. Mar. 12 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
Sun. Mar. 13 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Mon. Mar. 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sat. Mar. 19 – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Fest
Mon. Mar. 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Tue. Mar. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Wed. Mar. 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Thu. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Fri. Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sat. Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Mon. Mar. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu. Mar. 31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory – Constellation Room
Fri. Apr. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Sun. Apr. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op
Tue. Apr. 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed. Apr. 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Thu. Apr. 7 – Madison, WI @ UW Student Union
Fri. Apr. 8 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge
Sat. Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sun. Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
Mon. Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue. Apr. 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Wed. Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Fri. Apr. 15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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music review: Science and the Beat

future blue by science and the beat

You know how some days you feel cool and smart and pretty and two days later you want to stay in bed and feel like you’ve made too many mistakes in your life? You know how you feel moody and run with that moodiness into danger and other times into fun? Other times you’re skeptical and feel like you give everything and are honest and open and can’t trust anyone. This is the album for your every emotion. It’s what author Julie Holland, M.D. discusses in her book Moody Bitches. And let’s face it, we all get called bitches when we express ourselves in a way that someone disagrees with. It’s being simultaneously strong and vulnerable. The strong independent spirited woman who’s been fucked over and beats herself up and question herself at times self-assured and other times insecure. This is that album. This is the perfect catharsis for every bad date, every bad relationship and every love EVER.

Science and the Beat infuses varied sounds and energies. It’s the skilled duo of multi-instrumentalists Tasha Katrine and Rob Zilla that create the cool sounds and eclectic arrangements. Part of the goth industrial scene, the pair relocated to Boston from Seattle. Dark beauty always wins my dark heart over. Katrine sometimes snarls, sometimes exudes gentle regrets and always mesmerizes. Some songs are up “Falling Out” and some veer toward the mellow “Mean Streak.” On a song like “Sorry,” Katrine sings what all feel at times being headstrong and should we apologize for being outspoken? There’s the super entrancing, grooving “Never Letting Go” with its retro beats. On “Take It Back,” [“why should I take it back when you couldn’t keep your promises/ you couldn’t take the sting away/ never sleep at night without you” the mood gets reflective and the melody suitably dance-trance. On “Last Call,” it’s completely bold beats and intense, don’t mess with me vox. Great breakup/ workout/ stoner/ party/ female empowerment album.

Science and the Beat
Future Blue
Release date: August 21, 2015

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Mount Kimbie: live review


Mount Kimbie got the crowd dancing, jumping and bopping about at The Sinclair on Monday night. The sweet, low-key London electronica duo played a 50 minute set using a bevy of instruments along with music sequencers, samplers and synthesizers. Kai Campos and Dominic Maker in addition to tour drummer Tony Kus are currently on tour to support their second album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth [Warp Records]. While there’s not a lot of crowd interaction a gentle bliss washes over you. For this post-dubstep, ambient aural experience it’s a bonus to be among other fans and music lovers to fully appreciate it.

October 29: CSFLY Remixes [Warp Records], a new 12” of reworked tracks taken off this year’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, with remixes from DJ Koze, Kyle Hall and Lee Gamble.


10.08.13 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY *
10.09.13 – Black Cat – Washington, DC *
10.11.13 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA *
10.12.13 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL *
10.13.13 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL *
10.14.13 – The Social – Orlando, FL *
10.15.13 – Bardot – Miami, FL *
10.17.13 – Republic – New Orleans, LA *
10.18.13 – Walters – Houston, TX *
10.19.13 – Red 7 – Austin, TX *
10.20.13 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX *
10.22.13 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
10.23.13 – The Basement – Columbus, OH *
10.27.13 – Mountain Oasis Festival – Asheville, NC

# with Nicolas Jaar, Phaeleh
* with Jonwayne, D33J

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Savoir Adore: music review


founding members—
Paul Hammer [singer/songwriter/drummer]
Deidre Muro [singer/songwriter/keyboardist]

recent additions—
Tim McCoy [drums]
Gary Atturio [bass]
Alex Foote [guitar]

from: Brooklyn, New York


Funky, dream-pop electronica. Soothing and refreshing melodies entice you into a delightful wanderlust mode. Subtle influences of 80s synthpop [think OMD], 90s Brit-pop and garage party-rock meld on these hip-shaking tunes with modernistic sheen.

album: Our Nature [October 16]

label: Red Eye/ Popular Recordings

my picks:


“Anywhere You Go”




purchase at Amazon: Our Nature

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Zomby: music review

Turn on. Tune in. drop out. That’s pretty much what I think of electronica. I can’t listen to it all the time. I could never dance to it all night. It’s good for exercising. It’s good for getting pumped up or for relaxing. It reminds me of college in the early 90s. So I get a flashback listening to the new release Nothing by Zomby [a heralded UK producer]. I don’t know techno music enough to distinguish anything by degrees. I could never differentiate Zomby from anything else. The first song on Zomby’s new EP “Labrynith” is very upbeat and makes you want to jump up and dance whereas “Sens” and “Skyhigh” relinquish you deep into blissful oblivion. Gentle pulsing and softer beats aurally soothe and extend that relaxation. I particularly appreciate the effervescent “Stargate5.”

Label: 4AD
Release date: November 29, 2011

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