As far as musical ear candy goes, Joywave’s “Doubt” is a tune I’ll play over and over again for my daily mix of neurosis (and catharsis). The outfit plays that standout tune February 8 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and it’s a performance you shouldn’t miss . . .
January may be considered a dumping ground for movies but there are gems to be had. American Folk, the story of two strangers (Amber Rubarth, Joe Purdy) who drive a van cross country in the aftermath of 9/11 is simply unforgettable. My full interview with Rubarth is below, and during our chat she talked about her American Folk journey, crafting her solo album Wildflowers in the Graveyard, and finding a sense of place in KwaZulu-Natal.
Channeling heartbreak and pain into your work is what fuels some of the best (and most productive artists). For The Voicealum (and season 12 winner) Chris Blue, these experiences helped shape his single “Blue Blood Blues.” Check out video on Blue as he talks about the genesis of the track.
Iconic rock band X Japan are coming back to the U.S. for their debut performances at Indio’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The outfit will play the Saturday dates (April 14 & 21) of the fest. Further details below!
If you’re in the mood for some live music (who wouldn’t want to hear a sax and harp played during a La-La Land evening?), RMPConcerts (Rising Monarch Production Concerts) is holding a live performance this Saturday at The Hudson Theatres.
Six-time Oscar nominated composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Dirty Harry) will celebrate his 85th birthday with a special concert that spotlights and honors his music. The October 7 event, which will be held at the Alex Theatre (Glendale, Ca), is being presented by Musicians at Play Foundation and AFM Local 47’s Music Fund of Los Angeles in association with Varese Sarabande. Further details below!
An intriguing artist on the rise is Sigrid, a 20-year-old whose career has taken off with the success of her debut single “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Details on the Norwegian artist and her first U.S. tour is available after the jump.
The Voiceseason 10 winner and Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Alisan Porterhas a special place in my heart,. as Curly Sue is one of the first movies I reviewed during my time as a UCLA Daily Bruin film critic. Though I’m a creature of habit, change is inevitable, and Porter explains why “change” is more than just the moniker of her latest single.
Bands and artists covering each other’s songs is old hat but never grow tiresome if done right. The All-American Rejects and Dashboard Confessional have traversed this well worn path but with a solid (and creatively inspired purpose). For one, they are on summer tour together and offering up their respective interpretations is simply perfect timing. Secondly, they did not “move along” (pardon the pun) and offer up a by the numbers rendition of these two heralded song. Details after the jump!