It is no secret that the British music scene has always made its way across the Atlantic to invade America. Fresh on the map this year is the ever soulful singer-songwriter Sam Smith. His sweet, humble demeanor emits the most unassuming presence, but his voice is undoubtedly a diamond in the rough. After piercing the MTV VMA’s pre-party at the Avalon on Friday night and the VMA ceremony on Sunday with powerful performances, he made one final stop at the Red Bull Sound Space in Culver City for a mini concert and a fan Q&A before jet setting out of LA. Read more…
Jamie xx, member of London-based band The xx, is coming to Philly this September. He’s headed out on a tour later this summer, kicking things off in San Francisco on August 22nd. Jamie will arrive in Philly for his performance at Union Transfer on September 4th!
He recently released the track “All Under One Roof Raving,” a song which he says was recorded “whilst on the tail end of another year on the road with The xx.” Jamie says he was missing life in London, going through music and videos that reminded him of home. He goes on to say that the track “serves as a reminder, not to take any time for granted at home or away.”
His real name is Jamie Smith and he has been playing music since 2005, when he joined The xx, a group comprised of his old classmates. It wasn’t until 2009, when The xx released their debut album, that he would use the moniker Jamie xx. The album was a success, and Jamie would go on to produce tracks for other artists like Adele, and Florence + The Machine. He also branced out on his own to produce material for himself. In 2011, Jamie xx released We’re New Here a remix album inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here.
Head to Union Transfer on 9/4 to see what Jamie xx has in store for us!
Jamie xx @ Union Transfer
Thursday, September 4
Show @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
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With the announcement of Youtube’s upcoming new subscription service launch, there has come a great disturbance amongst some Indie Record Labels. These Labels that include XL, Domino, 4AD, and Cooking Vinyl, are refusing to sign an agreement they say is a “highly unfavorable [licensing] agreement.
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We can’t say we really understand what makes a video go viral. The finest minds all agree that it has something to do with cats, but that’s about all we’re going off of. So we can’t guarantee this new video from Jamie xx is going to light the intertubes aflame, but dammit, it should.
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Phase Her In Quickly
It would be so easy for Nicole Atkins to denominate with other artists with whom she has something in common. There’s a throwback element to her deep yet omnipresent vibrato and Phil-Spector-esque arrangements, but she cannot be compared to Adele or even She & Him. Her music has a theatrical element, but she is not as absorbed as Amanda Palmer. There’s an alt-country element, but not quite as overt as Neko Case. Jersey’s Nicole Atkins just is, and what she happens to be. And what she happens to be shines from all sides on her third full-length album, Slow Phaser. Read more…
Is it almost October already? Hard to believe that yet again, we find ourselves at the end of another season at the Hollywood Bowl. Like each year before, this year was filled with impressive highlights. M83, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Rodrigo y Gabriela all powerfully delivered stellar headlining sets, and for the final night in this year’s season, the minimalist trio The xx were the final act. Like M83 last week, this was easily the single biggest show of the band’s career. Both vocalists Romy Madley-Croft and Oliver Sim said as much numerous times throughout the show, indicating the enormity of the experience was not lost on them. Seventeen thousand strong cheered and shouted for the world’s most exciting quiet band, and it was a well deserved fanfare for a band that took everyone—including this publication—a few year’s back by surprise and became a breakout star.
Hollywood Bowl’s 2013 Summer Season to Include She & Him, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Vampire Weekend, and More
Hart and Soul
Beth Hart is the musical equivalent of that actor…you know, that guy…he was in…oh gosh…what was the thing? Her voice is a lot like several other voices – great voices, too. Her bluesy style is as familiar as the street you grew up on. In this sense, Hart’s new record Bang Bang Boom Boom will sound like something you know you’ve heard before – even though you probably haven’t. Nothing mind-boggling, but a solid effort, and great soundtrack material.
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