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music news: The Candles on tour now with Norah Jones and new album due out December 16, 2016

The third album Matter + Spirit [The End Records] from New York rootsy band The Candles will be released on December 16, 2016.  Blending 60s troubadour with twangy guitar Americana, the new songs evoke freedom and hopefulness like a cross-country road trip with wide open spaces and big sky, sunshine and open windows. The band is currently opening for Norah Jones ending the tour in Boston on December 10, 2016.


‘Matter + Spirit’ Tracklisting:

  1. Back To The City
  2. Move Along (Feat. Norah Jones)
  3. Blues Skies And Sun
  4. Followed
  5. Lost My Driving Wheel
  6. Something Good
  7. Sunburned
  8. Til It’s Gone
  9. You Won’t Remember Me

tour dates opening for Norah Jones:

12/2 – Philadelphia, PA/Academy of Music
12/3 – Washington, DC/Lincoln Theatre
12/4 – Washington, DC/Lincoln Theatre
12/6 – Red Bank, NJ/Count Basie (TBC)
12/8 – Providence, RI/The Vets
12/9 – Portland, ME/State Theatre
12/10 – Boston, MA/Orpheum Theatre

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Entertainment Realm’s Top 25 Albums of 2012

1. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter [American/Republic]

2. The xx, coexist [Young Turks]

3. Aimee Mann, Charmer [Superego Records]

4. Chelsea Wolfe, Unknown Rooms [Sargent House]

5. Meiko, The Bright Side [Fantasy]

6. The Shins, Port of Morrow [Columbia]

7. Exitmusic, Passage [Secretly Canadian]

8. Of Monsters and Men, My Head is An Animal [Universal Republic]

9. Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts [Blue Note Records]

10. Metric, Synthetica [MOM & POP MUSIC]

11. Now Now, Threads [Trans- Records]

12. David Byrne and St. Vincent, Love this Giant [4AD / Todo Mundo]

13. Cat Power, Sun [Matador]

14. Imperial Teen, Feel the Sound [Merge Records]

15. Keane, Strangeland [Interscope]

16. Beth Orton, Sugaring Season [ANTI Records]

17. Jack White, Blunderbluss [Third Man Records / Columbia]

18. Regina Spektor, What We Heard from the Cheap Seats [Sire / WEA]

19. Purity Ring, Shrines [4AD]

20. The Organ Beats, Goldenheart

21. Laetitia Sadier, Silencio [101 DISTRIBUTION]

22. Lightning Love, Blonde Album [Quite Scientific]

23. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel . . . [Sony]

24. Winterpills, All My Lovely Goners [Signature Sounds]

25. Skyline Pigeons, House of Mysteries [Retro Face Music]

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Norah Jones: live review

Norah Jones performed an hour and a half of exquisitely arranged and vocally powerful songs, mostly from her latest album Little Broken Hearts, at Bank of America Pavilion on Sunday night. She started with the strong, clear “Take It Back” and the grooving “Say Goodbye.” A stand-out song was a slowed down version of “She’s 22.” It’s challenging to be dynamic behind keyboards yet watching Norah you feel she’s fully invested in her performance. She’s at ease, focused, calm despite everything going on around her onstage. She’s in command of herself and her musicianship. She’s such a talent playing acoustic and electric guitar, piano and keyboards. The changing drop, doves lighting added an effective chanteuse/ cabaret-vibe that enabled Norah to be intimate with the crowd in a non-club venue.

Norah needs not be cutesy or sexy, though she’s naturally gorgeous. She doesn’t need props or quirky stage tricks like Katy Perry. She’s a musician, a performer. She’s got the chops and seeing her perform proves it. Her powerhouse voice, contemplative lyrics and intricate arrangements propel every song and mesmerize the audience. She commented that it was “fun to be here” and that there should be a Boston band called “The Tall Ships.” She also found the mega screens to the side of the stage rather amusing and commented: “It’s really weird being able to watch my own show. Posture.”

The Americana songs she added to the set fell a bit flat but also mixed up the sound. I didn’t mind them but didn’t find them terribly catchy or memorable either. The stripped down “Miriam” [and I went to the concert with my close pal Miriam] with a solo Norah at the piano proved fittingly moving and haunting. This led to one of the best, catchiest post-break-up songs ever, “Happy Pills—“with the line: “Ima gonna getcha outta my head.” Norah Jones is an artist whose music I play from end-to-end and over and over again. I dissect the lyrics and my body automatically grooves to the beats. If you get a chance to catch Norah Jones on tour it’s well worth it.

purchase at Amazon: Little Broken Hearts

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Norah Jones: music review

Break-up albums aren’t anything new: Adele, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson and many other artists use what they know to heal. They write songs. They sing through their pain and into healing. The latest album from Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts, taps into heartache and loss. And I guarantee it will be played again and again and the listener will discover novel connections to each song at every listen. Jones sings with a raspy innocent voice which draws you in from the first song to the last. Such exquisite vocals and superb, unusual arrangements. Her soft, moody vocals blend with a little jazz, a little folk, a little R&B, a little pop making the singer/songwriter truly stand-out. She’s unique, not easily imitated, honest and true.

A deep calypso beat propels “Say Goodbye.” “Good Morning” and “Take It Back”are slowly simmering songs. “After the Fall” and “Happy Pills” feature funkier beats and arrangements. The haunting and stunning “Miriam”retells the Bible story of Moses’s outspoken sister. Little Broken Hearts should be listened to in its entirety. Sweetness, heartache, anger and relief can be felt in her expertly-crafted songs. Little Broken Hearts churns with dark thoughts in a lush, gorgeous manner.

Norah Jones
Little Broken Hearts
Label: Blue Note/EMI
Release date: May 2012

purchase at Amazon: Little Broken Hearts

–review by Amy Steele


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Upcoming Concerts in Boston

House of Blues
Monday, May 7

Lee Ranaldo Band
House of Blues
Tuesday, May 8

House of Blues
Wednesday May 9

SPIRITUALIZED— 90s swirly love
The Paradise
Wednesday, May 9

House of Blues
Friday, May 11

Paradise Rock Club
Sunday, May 13

BETH ORTON— love her. poignant lyrics and melodies.
Brighton Music Hall
Monday, May 14

RANCID— likely to be high ratio of men: women. last time I saw Rancid I met a guy. Energetic live show.
House of Blues
Sunday, May 20 and Monday, May 21

Tuesday, May 22

Saturday, May 26

House of Blues
Saturday, May 26

Royale Boston
Friday, June 1

Bank of America Pavilion
Friday, June 1

House of Blues
Tuesday, June 5

House of Blues
Tuesday, June 12

The Seaport Six: Cake, Two Door Cinema Club, Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians++— I adore CAKE.
Bank of America Pavilion
Thursday, June 14

Bank of America Pavilion
Friday, June 15

MATTHEW SWEET— yay! I think I still have the little stuffed lobster he re-gifted to me.
Girlfriend Tour
Tuesday, June 19

House of Blues
Wednesday, June 20

House of Blues
Saturday, June 23

Holyoke, Mass.
Saturday, June 23

The Wang Center
June 30

Bank of America Pavilion
Tuesday, June 26

House of Blues
Saturday, June 30

Bank of America Pavilion
Sunday, July 1

Bank of America Pavilion
Tuesday, July 10

Holyoke, Mass.
Friday, July 20

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CD review: Norah Jones

Norah Jones
The Fall
Blue Note Records

The Fall is supposed to be an experimental record for Norah Jones and though I hear some country and some varying arrangements throughout, I hear many similarities to 2006’s Not Too Late. Both albums I adore for their sultry, somnolent qualities. Yes, that’s a good thing. Mellow, soothing music heals the heart. It reaches the soul. Jones methodically reveals her emotions through each song. She’s carefully crafted this album. The appeal of Jones is her bluesy, sultry moodiness and her moments of lilting purity. She’s not easy to categorize: not a pop singer, not a jazz singer, not R&B, not blues. Jones does succeed to combine all the best elements of each of those genres for her own signature sound. Jones wrote the majority of her songs and there’s an aching, longing and loneliness running through many of the songs. Stories of lying and cheating men, unfulfilling love and self-doubt. And Jones sings it all with aching maturity, wisdom and elegance. Singing with longing and tinges of regret on “I Wouldn’t Need You” Jones sings: If I could replace/ The things you gave me/ If I could see my face/ Without the tragedy/ Then I wouldn’t need you/ No I wouldn’t need you/ No I wouldn’t need you/ To love me/ But I do. “You Ruined Me” is a country-laced confession: You’ve ruined me now/ Though I liked it/ Now, I’m ruined/ I’m trying to part/ With what’s in my heart/ You’ve ruined me and how/ I thought I liked it/ And haven’t we all been here on the luscious, swirling “Stuck:’ Why can’t it be easy?/ Easy?/ Why don’t you leave?/Leave me?/Leave me be?/I can see you swaying/ I can’t hear what you’re saying/I’m sitting here stuck/ And plastered to my seat/ I think up a reason to leave/ when you finally stop speaking/ I’ll take a long slow/ Walk down Washington Street. On her last song, the vaudeville-inspired “Man of the Hour,” she honors the one who many never cheat on her or hurt her: her dog.

For anyone who’s been in love, wants love or has had a broken heart, The Fall will surely mend some wounds while you cry through the pain. That’s the power and wonder of music. That’s why music is such an essential aspect of my life.


–review by Amy Steele

[review copy courtesy of Blue Note]

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