You must have remembered "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday in the early 80s, don't you? What I know about the song is that it was inspired by a breakup between singer Aimee Mann and then-boyfriend Michael Hausman.....
I grew up in the 80s, so 'Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry" ruled one summer for me. When the band broke up, singer Aimee Mann went solo and had a decent start with her 1993 debut album, Whatever.
I was pretty thrilled to have review her 2008 album, @#%&*! Smilers, and am glad to see that she's back with a new album Charmer four years later.
Regarding its title, Mann had this to say, "I'm fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone’s charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think 'charm' can just be another word for 'manipulation.'"
Aimee Mann's tour dates:
11/11 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
11/13 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
11/14 Chicago, IL Park West
11/15 Chicago, IL Park West
11/16 Stoughton, WI Stoughton Opera House
11/17 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Be sure to look for Mann to appear with James Mercer (the Shins) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on November 19th.
Did I mention that when I saw Mirah & Thao at the Cedar in 2010, that it was one of the best shows I've seen that year? Mirah sounded fantastic, I just love her voice.
Anyway, Mirah's November tour dates started yesterday (November 9th). I don't think she's touring in support of a new album or anything (the last release I can recall was last year's duet with Tender Forever digital-only single "Low Self Control.") It doesn't really matter, because if you like Mirah as much as I do, you'll go to see her anyway.
11/12/12 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall*
11/13/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's*
11/14/12 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel*
11/15/12 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
*w/ Mount Moriah
Margaret "Mousey" McGlynn is from Ireland, but currently in Minneapolis. Her biography lists that she's currently working on an oil rig, but moonlight as an electro-pop singer.
Mousey will be holding a "Video Release Show" on December 9th at Republic • 7 Corners in Minneapolis. The show will feature two music videos, "Faith+1 (Sunday)" and "Walked To The Water." The event is free and there will be a special DJ.
Check out "Faith+1 (Sunday)" on soundcloud.com
Portuguese singer-songwriter Millia Oz (but currently based in London) is one of the finalists for an Open Mic UK Area Finals, taking place November 18th at the Beck Theatre. If she wins, she'll move to the Grand Final at the O2.
She'll also be playing at the Camden’s Bar Solo on November 14th and then December 10th at The Old Queen’s Head in Islington.
You can download "Run Fire Burn" (acoustic) at soundcloud.com: