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Recognizing a Star When You See One: Jessie Ware at The Fillmore


A great performance doesn’t need to bring Jesus on stage or have the largest light show. It just needs a star. From the moment Jessie Ware walks onto the stage Monday night at The Fillmore she is radiant. When she admits to the crowd that she’s “a nice Jewish girl” and says “L’chaim!” fans return a smile and cheers as though they’re reuniting with an old friend. It’s this personableness that makes Ware’s show irresistible (we know, see, see and see), coupled with her raw talent that it makes it special.

Admittedly, Ware’s vocals are restrained on Devotion, her debut album that was released last August. In an interview with The Bay Bridged she explained:

I wanted it to be a subtle, restrained way of singing. I know I can sing really belty, but I don’t think everyone always wants to hear that. If you’re listening to an album, whether you would be on the tube or you’re driving; I don’t want people to turn (the volume on) me down.

This is apparent live. Like neo soul singers Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Tina Turner, all influences and often comparisons for Ware, she will extend her notes and range straying from the subdued tone of her recorded verses. Late into the set, she performs Bobby Caldwells “Do For Love” supported only by her guitarist. Her smooth vocals front and center are unwavering, lofty and yet restrained in a Quiet-Storm-coolness. The moment the bass drops for “Wildest Moment” the crowd forgets the oncoming workweek, erupting in swaying excitement.

Throughout the performance, Ware walks across the stage seemingly in disbelief with the excitement exuding from the crowd, as though mentally trying to capture the moments in hopes of later looking back and thinking to herself “I was pretty good, wasn’t I!” Yes, Jessie Ware you are.

-Photographs by Fabian Molina

Photographs by Jason Paladino

Bill Callahan at the Great American Music Hall


Even Mr. Callahan himself seemed a bit taken aback by the uproarious energy of the crowd assembled at the Great American Music Hall Saturday night. His songs, mostly down-tempo and full of simple guitar figures and elegant, minute drums that ebb and flow like waves, don’t seem like they would inspire shrieks or giddy girls jumping off their feet, but that’s exactly what they did.

“YEAH, BILL!” someone screamed like it was a goddamn rave.

Callahan looked up, startled, his eyebrow arched quizzically. And after a long silence, “Yeah.” It might have been a question, or even an expression of concern.

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Watch Wet’s “You’re The Best”


You’re the Best from Wet on Vimeo.

Late last month, Wet debuted their music video for “You’re The Best,” which tells the story where the group got its start: New York City. The trio, comprised of Kelly Zutrau, Martin Sulkow and Joe Valle, have been making music together in various outfits since meeting as students in New York in 2006.

From the press release:

“Pooling all their influences, Wet touch upon everyone from Solange to The XX to Patsy Cline, while still conveying a blissful simplicity that tugs at your heartstrings and forces you to hang onto their every waking word. Their self-titled debut EP is out now on Neon Gold Records.” You can get a taste for it below.


Cut Copy Frees Fans at Fox Theater – Photos and Review


Cut Copy took the stage Saturday night at the Fox Theater, in front of what lead vocalist Dan Whitford called the biggest crowd of the tour so far, and played an hour and 45 minute set that spanned fan favorites and new songs from forthcoming album Free Your Mind.

If you are unfamiliar with the group, Cut Copy is one of today’s most recognizable electronic acts out of Australia. Their sound brings you back to the best of 80s new wave, blending beats that you can’t help but dance to. Australia has become some sort of incubator for synth pop in the past decade, taking the familiar sounds of new wave and making something new and different. (If you enjoy the style, check out Empire of the Sun, Gypsy & The Cat, Strange Talk and Bag Raiders.)

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Photos of St. Lucia and Two-Door Cinema Club at the Fox Theater


Photographs by Darryl Kirchner

St. Lucia played a sold-out show with Two-Door Cinema Club at the Fox Theater on Tuesday night ght. The evening was kicked off by Peace, an arguably rawer, and more experimental rock outfit from the UK.

St. Lucia’s soulful blend of progsynthrock got the crowd moving early and had them at the tip of their toes as Two-Door Cinema Club took the stage. The band is accompanying them on select dates of the north-american leg of their ‘Beacon’ tour. Their newest album ‘When The Night’ was just released this past October and is definitely worth a listen. This video below is great teaser for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to check out their sound.

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Beck “Sunday Morning” (Velvet Underground Cover)



Beck announced we will release a new album next February entitled Morning Phase. The new record has been described as a follow up of sorts to his 2002 Sea Change, as it features many of the same musicians who played on that record (who are also currently accompanying him live) -Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner.

In anticipation, Beck has been steadily releasing material for fans including yesterday’s cover of Velvet Underground “Sunday Morning.” Listen to it below. Read More

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