10/26 Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10/27 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
10/29 New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
10/30 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11/01 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Fall
11/02 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
11/03 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
11/05 Charlottesville, VA - Paramount Theatre
11/07 Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
11/08 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
11/09 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11/10 Birmingham, AL - Workplay Soundstage
11/12 Houston, TX - House of Blues
11/13 Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
11/14 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
11/16 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
A Fine Frenzy
Alison Sudol, aka A Fine Frenzy, will be heading out on a five-week tour, co-headlining with Joshua Radin. The new tour is in support of her forthcoming album, PINES ...
They brought with them a young singer/songwriter named Lucy Schwartz, from Los Angeles, who sang song about love, friendship, and haunting. She ended her set with "Ghost in My House," which you can download a remix on her website. Look for her latest EP called Keep Me on amazon.
A FINE FRENZY
Almost every song played last night was from PINES, her latest album which came out last week on Virgin Records. Sudol described each song was about nature: from the mountains ("Avalanches (Culla's Song)"), the wind ("Winds of Wander"), or the river ("Riversong"). I got the feeling that she spent a lot of time deep in a cabin in the woods, when she wrote PINES.
Of the new songs, I thought "Now Is the Start" was the best. This was a more upbeat song and was an audience participation song. When she sang "Now it sounds like…" the audience was asked to sing, "Ba-ba-ba ba-ba da."
There were two old song exceptions, which closed out her set: "What I Wouldn't Do" (from Bomb in a Birdcage) and "Almost Lover" (from One Cell in the Sea). The latter was clearly a crowd favorite as Sudol played the piano with the audience helping to sing (quietly) to the song. Based on the feedback from the fans, they would've liked to have heard more old songs, but I guess that's just how it goes.
Joshua Radin is currently on tour for his latest album, Underwater, out now on Mom and Pop Records (the same label that signed Minneapolis' Poliça.) His stage setup felt like he was performing from his living room, with all the various lamps used on stage. The lights help with photos, but unfortunately he didn't have a lamp anywhere near his mic.
Radin, apparently appears on television semi-regularly, either licensed music or live appearance. Ellen DeGeneres really loves this guy, she personally asked him to play at her wedding.
He started his set with two old songs, "No Envy No Fear" and "Brand New Day", but the rest of his set mixes in new songs from Underwater, including "Anywhere Your Love Goes."
Radin had a lot of good stories, particularly his memories about Minneapolis. For instance, when he first had his U.S. national, the Fine Line Café in Minneapolis was the only venue that sold out.
Not everything about Minneapolis were good times, when he wrote "One Of Those Days," he said he was sleeping in his tour bus in Minneapolis, underneath layers of blankets. He's just split with his girlfriend and was in incredibly depressing/suicidal mood. Everywhere he went, he was reminded of her. I guess, when he performed "One Of Those Days," it suddenly had a different perspective when he sings, "So I crawl underneath my blanket where I can hide away, I know I can't take it."
Joshua Radin and A Fine Frenzy are currently doing a double concert tour through North America. Their next stop will be at the Vic Theatre in Chicago.
Joshua Radin at Mill City Nights, Minneapolis (10/25/12)