New Jesca Hoop!!

jesca hoop Album cover
California-raised, Manchester, UK-based singer-songwriter, Jesca Hoop, is the featured artist on the latest live music release from birnCORE Records. birnCORE Presents: Jesca Hoop, Five Songs Live will be available for purchase online on March 25th, 2014. This release encapsulates Jesca’s rhythmically intricate guitar playing, whimsical and thought provoking lyrics, and riveting stage presence as she performs vocal and electric guitar versions of some of her best songs.

This stripped down, emotive performance was captured at The Red Room at Café 939 on October 17th, 2013 before a standing-room crowd. Jesca is currently touring North America until Monday, April 7th when she heads to Europe.

birnCORE is a new music label devoted to releasing intimate live records by some of the best independent artists touring today. Five Songs Live is birnCORE’s fourth release.

Track listing
City Bird [Live]
Murder of Birds [Live]
Born To [Live]
D.N.R. [Live]
Hunting My Dress [Live]

Lily Allen to Release Her Third Studio Album, Sheezus, On Warner Bros. Records on May 6th

Lily Allen
March 10th, 2014 – Burbank, CA – British pop singer Lily Allen will release her third studio album, entitled Sheezus, on May 6th on Warner Bros. Records. An album pre-order launches today.

Sheezus is the British pop singer’s first album since 2009’s acclaimed It’s Not Me, It’s You. The album finds her re-teaming with her long-time collaborator Greg Kurstin (Tegan & Sara, P!nk), except for on the title track, which was produced by DJ Dahi, and “Air Balloon,” which was produced by Shellback.

Critics have already weighed in on “Hard Out Here,” with Esquire exclaiming: “Job done, then: back with a bang,” and NME noting that she is “striding back in after four years out of the game.” Entertainment Weekly called the track “a booming critique of pop’s double standard” and “a lot of fun.”

At the end of 2013, Lily released two songs simultaneously – her cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” which reached No. 1 in the U.K. and the download-only track “Hard Out Here,” which charted in the British Top 10 that same week.

Since emerging in 2006 with her iconic debut single “Smile,” Lily Allen has gone on to sell over five million albums worldwide. Her huge success in the U.K. not only quickly spread around the world but also helped shift the musical axis toward young female artists.

Her talent as a songwriter was acknowledged in 2010 when she won three Ivor Novello Awards. That same year she announced she was taking a break from making and performing music. In 2013 Lily returned to the studio, having spent the previous three years raising her young family and establishing her own record label.

Watch the “Hard Out Here” video here.
Watch the “Air Balloon” video here.

The track-listing for Sheezus is as follows:

Air Balloon
Our Time
Insincerely Yours
Take My Place
As Long As I Got You
URL Badman
Silver Spoon
Life For Me
Hard Out Here

Meet Kat Quinn

Kind of Brave Album Art

I just wanted to share this with you. I listened to her samples today and I LOVE it!!!
You can listen to the music on SoundCloud [here]

She was recently on Jimmy Fallon too! It was a bit where 3 people have to write a song based on a song title they’re given. It’s pretty cool.

and if you want to know how the third person did (he was pretty funny)…[go here]


Press Release

Kat Quinn releases EP, Kind of Brave

New York Singer/Songwriter and recent Jimmy Fallon guest follows acclaimed debut EP

Singer/songwriter Kat Quinn has released her second EP, Kind of Brave, an alluring, four-song collection that captures many sides to the songwriter. This release marks her emergence as one of the most promising up-and-comers in indie pop music.

Kat’s music found the national spotlight after being featured in the film Happily After, the soundtrack for which won a Gold Medal of Excellence at the Park City Film Festival. She was also recently chosen to perform on [Late Night with Jimmy Fallon] to much acclaim. “I was just blown away with Kat’s voice and songwriting,” said Peter Calo (Carly Simon producer/music director), “the range of her material takes you from serious life observing to tongue in cheek humor. Just wonderful.”

Kind of Brave reflects the emotional journey Kat has taken over the past few years. “I wanted each song to feed the listener in a different way,” said Kat Quinn, “and I feel like I got that with this record.” The EP opens with a joyful ukulele tune about letting go of fears as if they were “love letters on paper planes.” But Kat doesn’t shy away from digging into darker feelings, posing the question “do I take comfort in the pain or in the numbing?” in her song “The Door.” “It’s an emotive, beautifully written and recorded EP,” said Heidi Fisher of Sing For Your Supper, “If you’re a big fan of The Staves and Ingrid Michaelson, you’ll love this!”

“This Massachusetts native is quickly making a name for herself in the Big Apple” (Indie Music Reviewer Magazine). The creator of the iPhone App, VoxBox, was so taken with Kat’s music that he invited her to star in an ad for the app, where she sings her song “What Love Feels Like.” Her live performances have won praise for her easy-going charisma and warm, sensitive vocals, sharing stages with national acts like Ari Hest and international hit Jonathan Edwards. In addition to her own shows this spring, Kat will be touring as part of the Carole King Songbook series in March.

For more information about Kat Quinn and Kind of Brave visit []


New Meaghan Smith

Back in 2010 I went crazy for Meaghan Smith’s The Cricket’s Orchestra. I still listen to it.

Well, today I found out that she’s got new music out!

I gotta say, it’s quite a departure from The Cricket’s Orchestra
Here’s her single, Have a Heart:

Apparently it’s out on iTunes, however when I search to get a link for you it won’t come up.
So just go to iTunes using the button below and then search for her. Man, iTunes is pissing me off today!!

Apple iTunes

I have to say I’m disappointed in her marketing team (the email came from Warner Music). There is no link to her website, I had to go to Google and search for her, and there’s no mention of her new album’s name or release date (which I can’t find on her website either).

Check out her site, maybe you’ll have better luck with the info. If you find out anything please post in comments.
[Meaghan Smith]

New Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson has some new music out! Her single “Girls Chase Boys” is out now, and the full album will be out on April 15th (Tax day here in the US—and also my mother-in-law’s birthday).

Watch the video for “Girls Chase Boys”

New Single “Girls Chase Boys” Available Now

Ingrid’s new single “Girls Chase Boys” from her upcoming album Lights Out is now available. The song was co-written with Trent Dabbs and Barry Dean and produced by Cason Cooley and Katie Herzig. You can get the single with a second track [“Wonderful Unknown”] by pre-ordering the full album on iTunes. (Sorry I can’t link you to it, iTunes won’t show it to me because it’s not out yet–you’ll have to go to iTunes and search yourself–booo)
Apple iTunes

You can also pre-order the physical album from [Amazon]. (now THIS I can link to)

Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Apr 21, 2014 Le National Montreal, QC
Apr 22, 2014 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
Apr 23, 2014 Royal Oak Theatre Royal Oak, MI
Apr 24, 2014 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
Apr 26, 2014 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Apr 28, 2014 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Apr 29, 2014 The Great Saltair Magna, UT
May 1, 2014 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
May 2, 2014 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
May 3, 2014 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
May 5, 2014 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
May 7, 2014 Wiltern Theater Los Angeles, CA
May 9, 2014 Humphreys Concerts by the Bay San Diego, CA
May 10, 2014 House of Blues – Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
May 13, 2014 House of Blues – Dallas Dallas, TX
May 14, 2014 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater Austin, TX
May 15, 2014 House of Blues – Houston Houston, TX
May 16, 2014 Hangout Music Fest Gulf Shores, AL
May 17, 2014 Hangout Music Fest Gulf Shores, AL
May 18, 2014 Hangout Music Fest Gulf Shores, AL
May 19, 2014 The Beacham Orlando, FL
May 20, 2014 Center Stage Atlanta, GA
May 21, 2014 The Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
May 23, 2014 The Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
May 25, 2014 Stage AE Pittsburgh, PA
May 27, 2014 Upstate Concert Hall Cliffton Park, NY
May 29, 2014 Terminal 5 New York, NY
May 30, 2014 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Jun 2, 2014 House of Blues – Boston Boston, MA