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FALL TOUR: Billie Eilish

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16-year-old alt-pop phenom Billie Eilish kicks off a headlining North American tour on October 23, 2018 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Tour stops include Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago. Ethereal vocals mix with dark lyrics to create beautiful and often haunting songs. Her debut EP ‘don’t smile at me’ has 761 MILLION combined streams globally. This month, “Lovely (with Khalid)” was also officially certified as RIAA GOLD in North America and PLATINUM in Australia. Born and raised in Los Angeles by two actor/musician parents, Billie Eilish began singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was eight years old. She co-writes a lot of her music with her brother Finneas O’Connell. 

07/28 – Mo Pop Festival – Detroit, MI
08/01 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
08/02 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
08/04 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, ON
08/10-12 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA
08/23 – Republik – Honolulu, HI – SOLD OUT
09/15-9/16 – Music Midtown Festival – Atlanta, GA
10/02 – Bridgestone Arena (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Nashville, TN
10/03 – Spectrum Center (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Charlotte, NC
10/04 – The NorVA – Norfolk, VA – SOLD OUT
10/06 – All Things Go Festival – Washington DC
10/23 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/24 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
10/31 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
11/02 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
11/03 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/04 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
11/05 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
11/07 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC**
11/13 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
11/14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/16 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/20 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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on tour: HANA to support Purity Ring on North American dates


electro-pop singer/songwriter HANA will commence her North American tour with a headlining gig on August 27 in Los Angeles. She’ll support Purity Ring at House of Blues in Boston on September 22.

Her music shimmers and shines with strong vocals and gentle, dreamy beauty.


08/27 – The Lyric Theatre – Los Angeles – CA^
09/02 – Rialto Theatre – Tuscon, AZ*
09/03 – Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
09/04 – El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM*
09/05 – Austin Music Hall – Austin, TX*
09/07 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN*
09/08 – Marathon, Music Works – Nashville, TN*
09/10 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
09/11 – The Fillmore Miami Beach – Miami Beach, FL*
09/12 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL*
09/14 – Georgia Theatre – Anthens, GA*
09/15 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC*
09/16 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC*
09/20 – The National – Richmond, VA*
09/21 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD*
09/22 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*
09/23 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY*
09/24 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA*
09/25 – Midpoint Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH
09/26 – The Pygmalion Festival – Champaign, IL
09/29 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO*
09/30 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO*
10/02 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID*
10/03 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA*
10/04 – McDonald Theatre*
^ Headline
* Supporting Purity Ring

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music review: Callaghan

A History of Now - Album Cover HIGH RES

Singer/songwriter Callaghan moved to the United States from London in 2010. She blends Americana, folk and pop in her cheerful songs. I call it alt-country. Her sophomore album A History of Now will definitely make you feel 10% happier after listening to it. “We are all, right now, writing a story which will one day fascinate someone,” Callaghan says. “The way we live, the decisions we make, and the moments of hope, grief and happiness which punctuate all our lives will one day make someone stop, think and wonder. All of us are writing our own ‘history of now.’”

The running theme throughout A History of Now is mindfulness and everything’s okay. There’s the toe-tapping opening track “Best Year” that just oozes optimism—“this could be the best year of our lives/ tear up the rule book leave it all behind/ work all day til you close your eyes/ let’s get out of this town/find some bluer skies.” Catchy beats and a cool arrangement usher in “We Don’t Have to Change the World.” Sometimes you get a Shania Twain vibe with Callaghan, like on the track “Crazy Beautiful Life.” It’s an up-tempo optimistic track that’s both catchy and thoughtful. Both strong women with the ability to cross genres and be expressive. A favorite song is “Free to Be” — an exuberant celebration of being yourself complete with an invigorating tempo and infectious lyrics. Sometimes Callaghan gets dreamy and pensive. There’s the wistful “I’ll Take You Away” and the romantic, makes-you-feel-like-slow-dancing, country twinged “When You Loved Me” and gorgeous arrangement and aching vocals of “Lost.” Thoughtful lyrics and lovely arrangements combined with diverse emotive vocals conveys empathy and sentiment. Callaghan scores again with her sophomore album.

A History of Now
Release date: April 7th 2015


purchase at Amazon: History of Now

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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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The Spinto Band: music review

Wilmington, Delaware’s The Spinto Band serves up geek-pop which reminds me of OK Go. The band’s third release, Shy Pursuit, brims with Disneyland-happiness cloaked in off-kilter lyrics. “Cookie Falls” opens with a swaying beat and soothing sing-songy vocals. Calypso beats provide the island vibe for “Muesli.” From its funky bass beat to its catchy chorus, “Take Out” stands apart.“Adda Lee” sounds very Latin with its twangy bango chords. If you like quirkiness and upbeat melodies then you’ll appreciate the value that Shy Pursuit adds to the iPod and gets you moving during your workouts.

Label: Spintonic Recordings
Release date: May 1, 2012
PR: Riot Act Media

purchase at Amazon: Shy Pursuit


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The Coathangers: music review

Although it’s 2011, an all-female band still stands out. L7 meets Hole meets The Donnas. The Coathangers growl, grind and sneer through its power rock songs. The clear anti-abortion reference in its names indicates pure brilliance for the Atlanta four-piece. There’s a fun, devil-may-care attitude throughout the album. “Go Away” blends sweet vocals with grungy chords. Snarling vocals herald a truly ass-kicking “Hurricane.”Girl power rules on the witty, lighter“Go Away:”“you keep on hoping / you try to be the one/ you try and you just can’t see/ you try and you just can’t see/ that you’re not the one for me.” The Coathangers show their range from darker to lighter tracks– some more rocking, some more poppy. “Sicker” churns out in a heavier mode. Larceny and Old Lace will charge you up and empower you.

Label: Suicide Squeeze
Release date: June 7, 2011
PR: 230 Publicity

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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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