I caught Peggy Sue in 2010 at the 400 Bar (RIP). The folky British band (Rosa Slade and Katy Young and drummer Olly Joyce) will be returning with a new album Choir of Echoes on January 28th on Yep Roc Records. In the meantime, the band released their new single, "Idle" on their Soundcloud account:
They explained that the song, "[is] about being unemployed and incurably thoughtful. The opening and closing parts are a kind of troubled gospel song—a prayer for purpose in the knowledge that the purpose will probably not be a ‘good’ one. It’s about impatience and distractions and thinking about things too much..... and of course it’s about a boy."
The band will begin a full UK tour in support of the new album:
03/27/14 - Copenhagen - Ideal Bar @ VEGA
03/28/14 - Hamburg - Kulturhaus III & 70
03/30/14 - Berlin - Privatclub
03/31/14 - Munich - Kranhalle
04/01/14 - Cologne - Blue Shell
04/02/14 - Brussels - Botanique (Witloof Bar)
04/03/14 - Utrecht - Ekko
04/07/14 - Brighton - Green Door Store
04/08/14 - Coventry - The Tin
04/09/14 - Manchester - Soup Kitchen
04/10/14 - Glasgow - Broadcast
04/11/14 - Liverpool - Leaf
04/12/14 - Sheffield - The Harley
04/14/14 - Bristol - The Old Bookshop
04/15/14 - London - Oslo
Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon’s new album, Mug Museum, is her first recorded outside of her homeland – deep in the dark heart of the entertainment empire at Seahorse Sound Studios, Los Angeles.
Taking such a unique talent and placing it in the heart of Autotuneland was an alarming prospect to those who have come to love her dark indie songcraft. However, a first listen of Mug Museum reveals that the new record is as eclectic and darkly ethereal as ever. Producer Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom/Devendra Banhart) adds a subtle polish to the songs without detracting from their Velvet Underground / Television / Nico influenced indie sparkle.
Cate and her band are hitting the road next week to promote Mug Museum on a North American tour that kicks off at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on December 3rd and winds up at the Soda Bar in San Diego on February 1st.
Cate Le Bon's tour dates:
12/03 San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop ~
12/05 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge ~
12/06 Seattle, WA - Barboza ~^
12/07 Boise, ID - Neurolux ~
12/09 Salt Lake City - Kilby Court ~
12/11 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
12/13 Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock Live ~
12/14 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar ~
01/07 Dallas, TX - Three Links
01/08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
01/09 New Orleans, LA - The New Orleans Mint
01/10 Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
01/11 Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
01/12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle Back Room
01/14 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
01/15 Washington DC - DC9
01/16 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
01/17 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
01/18 Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs
01/20 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
01/21 Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
01/22 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at The Crofoot
01/23 Chicago, IL - Schubas
01/24 Madison, WI - The Frequency
01/25 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
01/27 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
01/28 Norman, OK - The Opolis
01/29 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
01/31 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02/01 San Diego - Soda Bar
~ = w/ Kevin Morby, ^ = w/ Basia Bulat
Peter Morén (The Peter in Sweden's Peter, Bjorn, & John) will be releasing a series of EPs, starting with Broken Swenglish Vol. 1, a four song release.
I know you're wondering, whatever happened to PB&J? Since the band had a breakthrough hit album in 2006 with Writer's Block (hey, even Kanye sampled "Young Folks"!) the band's been distracted with various side projects and such.
The band's last album Gimme Some was released in 2011 and spawned a hit song "Second Chance", which was used for CBS' 2 Broke Girls.
Since then Morén concentrated on his third solo album Pyramiden (his second all Swedish album), which was released last year in Sweden. One of the reason why the album never resurfaced in England or America is because all the songs were written and sung in Morén's native tongue, Swedish. Of course, it was considered some of his best work, thanks to his new found freedom of expressing his music.
Look for Broken Swenglish Vol. 1 on December 9th on Ingrid. The release marks Morén’s first solo release in the US since 2008’s full-length studio album The Last Tycoon.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music series and Schubert Club Mix is presenting the upcoming Hilary Hahn & Hauschka show at Aria (in the Warehouse District of Minneapolis) on January 12th. They will be playing music from Silfra. Tickets are $25, and you can find out more details at thespco.org/liquidmusic.
This is a rare treat to have two-time Grammy-winning* American violinist Hilary Hahn and German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann (known simply as Hauschka) together in Minneapolis. Last year, the two got together at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavík to record Silfra, which was mostly inspired by the Silfra rift in Iceland. The recording, as improvised, was never meant to be played live... so for the very first time, thanks to Liquid Music, the two will be brought together to play live renditions of Silfra.
Bertelmann explains, "Silfra and the performances that are based on the record, which also represent a state of mind, are for me always extraordinary and thrilling. To perform this in this exceptional concert series and in Minnesota, where I will perform for the first time, makes me excited, and I hope we can give something back."
Trivia: Hahn both won best solo violinist for her works in Brahms & Stravinsky Violin Concertos (2001) and Schoenberg: Violin Concerto; Sibelius: Violin Concerto (2008).
Rebecca Ferguson is a British singer-songwriter, who rose to fame by becoming the runner-up to the seventh series of UK's "The X Factor". She didn't leave empty-handed, of course, having inked a joint record deal with Syco Music and Epic Records in the UK and later to Columbia Records in the U.S.
Ferguson's second studio album Freedom will be release this December 2013, and a March 2014 headlining UK tour dates were recently announced:
03/18/14 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
03/19/14 Brighton Dome
03/20/14 Cardiff St David’s Hall
03/22/14 Edinburgh Usher Hall
03/23/14 Liverpool Echo 2 @ Echo Arena
03/24/14 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
03/26/14 Ipswich Regent Theatre
03/27/14 Birmingham Symphony Hall
03/28/14 Bristol Colston Hall