Posts Tagged women in music

new music: Eliza Rickman, Sarah Blasko, La Luz

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If you like Amanda Palmer, you’ll like Eliza Rickman.  The talented piano player, writes weird, dark and beautiful chamber pop songs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music and orchestration. Rickman is currently on tour. I saw her perform six years ago!

Sarah Blasko, “Read My Mind”

If you like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos and St. Vincent, you might like Sydney singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko. Her sixth studio album is Depth of Field. She wrote this gorgeous, heartfelt and rather infectious song, “Read My Mind,” for her son.

Sarah said: “Read My Mind is about unspoken connections, the special ways we communicate with people we love. It was written about my son Jerry & the wonder experienced in getting to know him & looking after him when he was very small. It was as though he was not yet human, very primal, so switched on to me & I to him. We communicated in a very unique way. He spoke to me in a kind of half-speak that was so adorable & I felt like we understood each other perfectly.”

La Luz, “Mean Dream”

New video and another dreamy cool single from La Luz who are on tour now and will be at Once Ballroom in Somerville, Mass. on June 6, 2018. La Luz is: Shana Cleveland [vocals/ guitar], Marian Li Pino [drums], Alice Sandahl [keyboards], and Lena Simon [bass].

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new music: Sarah Mary Chadwick; Roxy Rawson

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“Sugar Still Melts in the Rain,” Sarah Mary Chadwick

–if you like Amanda Palmer, you probably like Australian visual artist and songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick. It’s a beautiful altfolk song with sparse piano and bold speak-singing which conveys heartbreak and emotional depth—“I float here on a cloud of pain but I would do it all again.” Sugar Still Melts in the Rain [Sinderlyn] is due out May 11, 2018.

“Rounded Sound,” Roxy Rawson

–Bay area artist and classically trained musician Roxy Rawson impressively fuses varied elements and vocal stylings for an artistic, eclectic result. She studied violin and piano at University of Paris VIII. Rawson’s vocals remind me a bit of St. Vincent. Her full-length album Quenching the Kill is out March 23, 2018.

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new music: Janice releases new song for International Women’s Day to benefit Red Cross

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In honor of International Women’s Day today, Swedish RnB singer Janice collaborated with Swedish artists Sabina Ddumba, AMWIN and LASH for a redux version of her song “Queen.”  The project is an initiative of the Red Cross for women by women campaign [#Medsyster] to raise money for women in conflict areas around the world.  Money raised from the campaign will benefit the Red Cross’s disaster work, maternity care, as well as work on genital mutiliation in Sudan, preparation for natuaral disaster in Bangladesh and Myanmar, increased access to healthcare for women in Afghanistan.
 
“Queen” (Medsyster Version) is a remake of the song on Janice’s debut album, Fallin Up. In the new version, produced by Natali Noor, artists interpreted what sisterhood means to them. The new video was directed by Nicolina Knapp. 100 people worked on the production, all of them identifying as women.

 

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on tour: La Luz

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“California Finally” is the Los Angeles band’s dreamy tribute to the “weird golden paradise” of the place they call home. The new album, Floating Features, will be out May 11, 2018.  The indie surf-rock band will be on tour this spring after SXSW. See dates below.

La Luz is:

Shana Cleveland [singer/guitar]

Marian Li Pino [drums]

Alice Sandahl [keyboards]

Lena Simon [bass]

 

Floating Features Track listing:

  1. Floating Features
  2. Cicada
  3. Loose Teeth
  4. Mean Dream
  5. California Finally
  6. The Creature
  7. My Golden One
  8. Golden Dozer
  9. Greed Machine
  10. Walking into the Sun
  11. Don’t Leave Me on the Earth

TOUR DATES:

03.18.18 – Dallas, TX – Not So Fun Wknd
03.20.18 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
04.26.18 – Austin, TX – Levitation Festival
05.11.18 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop $
05.12.18 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop $
05.13.18 – Arcata, CA – The Miniplex $
05.14.18 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall $
05.16.18 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret $
05.17.18 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile $ *
05.18.18 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project $ * &
05.19.18 – Portland, OR – The Aladdin Theater *
05.22.18 – Boise, ID – The Olympic *
05.23.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
05.24.18 – Ft. Collin’s, CO – Hodi’s Half Note *
05.25.18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
05.28.18 – Omaha, NE – O’Leavers !
05.30.18 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room !
05.31.18 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean ^
06.02.18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme ^
06.03.18 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern ^
06.04.18 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco ^
06.05.18 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery ^
06.06.18 – Boston, MA – Once Ballroom ^
06.08.18 – New York, NY – Public Arts ^
06.09.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Northside Festival at Baby’s All Right &
06.10.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Black Box %
06.11.18 – Washington, D.C. – Songbyrd %
06.12.18 – Raleigh, NC – The Pinhook %
06.13.18 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl %
06.14.18 – Jacksonville, FL – Root %
06.15.18 – New Orleans, LA – Santos %
06.19.18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger #
06.20.18 – El Paso, TX – Monarch #
06.21.18 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress #
06.22.10 – Los Angeles, CA – Teregram Ballroom #

& – All-Ages
$ – w/ Ancient Forest
* – w/ Savila
! – w/ The Whiffs
^ – w/ Gymshorts
% – w/ Timothy Eerie
# – w/ Summer Twins

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new music: Eleanor Friedberger; Danielle Duval

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“In Between Stars,” Eleanor Friedberger

vigorous, edgy and catchy new synth-pop, goth pop. Eleanor Friedberger will release her new album Rebound [Frenchkiss Records] on May 4, 2018. instead of live instrumentation, she utilized programmed drums, a Juno synthesizer, and muted guitars for a different sound.  She recently spent some extended time in Greece, where she has family. She said: “After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, “What’s one thing I have to do before I leave?” After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, “you have to go to Rebound. It’s a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it… but it’s only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM.” Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album. The club was very dark and despite the no smoking signs, like everywhere in Athens, it was very smoky. The “chicken dance” Stella mentioned was a solitary one. I copied the slouchy strut, moving back and forth in line, swinging my arms in time to the music that at first sounded like Joy Division or maybe The Cure, but never revealed itself– one could only assume it to be knock-off by an unknown Baltic band. It was alienating and exhilarating. “In Between Stars” is an attempt at a song you could hear at Rebound. It’s a dark and disorienting; my warped version of 80s goth disco.”

“Whenever You Want It,” Danielle Duval

Supercharged and empowering indie rock song with super cool guitar riffs from the sophomore album LOSE IT which is out now. About the song, Danielle Duval says: “It’s a song about no fear; being open, ready, and up for anything. The quest to find, cash in, and go for what or who you’re after. It’s a song about the recognition of love when it comes, and to go for it no holds barred, no reservations, no apologies.”

 

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new music: Kira May

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“Muscle Memory,” Kira May

After the release of an EP in 2014, Canadian artist Kira May decided to take some time to focus on treatment for anxiety and depression. A daunting task, she wrote about this experience for her upcoming album Sense which will be released this spring. Using a mic and a loop pedal, May creates lush pop songs.  “Muscle Memory” simmers with emotion, strength and resilience. It’s darkness and light colliding, murkiness and hopefulness.

She explained: ““Muscle Memory” explores the ways in which our bodies hold onto our painful histories. This is partially a love song for my body, which continuously strives to protect me and push for my physical and emotional survival, but it is also an exploration of the “letting go” required to move forward. When past traumas are no longer dangerous to us, although well-meaning, our bodies’ attempts to protect us can actually become harmful. This song looks specifically at the damaging effects of negative interpersonal relationships as a very young person who is still forming. In my case, the response was to retreat so deeply into the safety of my own body that it became difficult to get out.”

 

 

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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.”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
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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