Philly pop-rock outfit Turning Violet Violet bids its final farewell tonight at Boot and Saddle. The band released its swan song single “Cherry Blossom” a few weeks ago on Bandcamp hinting that it was calling it a day; this was confirmed by drummer Brandon Gulish, who told us that this will be their last headlining show for the foreseeable future. Stream the song below and get tickets here.
English singer/songwriter Kate Nash will be making a stop in Philly on Thursday, November 7th, for a show at Union Transfer. Nash’s most recent work, her full-length Girl Talk, was self-released back in March, after the London-based singer was able to raise enough money for the album on PledgeMusic. Most classify Nash’s latest effort as “indie rock” or in some cases “garage punk”, a clear departure from some of her earlier, more pop-oriented work. Tickets for her UT show go on sale this Friday, June 14th, at noon, and more info can be found here. Watch the video to the single off Girl Talk, “3AM”, below.
There was a moment last night at Johnny Brenda’s when British singer Kate Nash laid it all out for the crowd. “I’m living just for me and not for what you might write about my hair and body,” she grunted into the mic, during punchy new number “Oh.” It was a true rock star moment: silver lights rotating around her, her voice permeating a fog of feedback. If you had never heard of Nash before, you would have sworn she was the next Kathleen Hanna, or Karen O.: strong, actualized rockers, with powerful voices and stage presence. And you’d be right.
But for a star in the spotlight as much as Nash, a British pop idol since age 19, when she was discovered by Lily Allen via Myspace and her single “Foundations” landed at number 2 on the British charts—it’s almost impossible to consider anything about Kate without automatically being reminded of the whole history of Kate. But she isn’t letting that stop her, as “Oh” made clear.
Kate Nash is having trouble sleeping. And as we see in this new music video, she battles it like many of us – tossing, turning, getting up, pacing, etc. Eventually she just gives in and writes a great pop song. “3 a.m.” is snappy and piano driven, like the best moments of Nash past. But it also shows her growth as an artist since Made of Bricks came out in 2007 and everybody got her confused with Lily Allen because of shared sass and oh-so-similar west-London accents.
Over the course of a bumpy sophomore album (2010′s My Best Friend Is You) and a few years, Nash sounds poised to rebound on Girl Talk, due out on March 5th on her own imprint, Have 10p Records. From this new single, the vibe is that the singer is focusing on songwriting moreso than kitsch (or the shock value of having tracks titled “Dickhead”) – which is great, since good songs were always her strength. (See “Foundations.”) “3 a.m.” is going to sound great when Nash plays a rather sold-out Johnny Brenda’s on March 24. Watch it below.
Last week L.A. rock group FIDLAR started streaming a new track, “AWWWKWAARRRDDD,” from their Tumblr. The song features British singwer/songwriter Kate Nash, and you can listen to it here. Catch Fidlar playing with JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; ticket information for that show is available here. Below, check out FIDLAR’s video for “No Waves.”
We’ve got a pair of tickets to see Kate Nash perform at Theater Of Living Arts this Wednesday, November 17th. But we’ve got to move these sweet beauties fast. Want them? Become a fan of The Key on Facebook and leave a comment on our Kate Nash post by 5 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll select the winners at random tomorrow night and notify them via Facebook message; tickets can be picked up at the venue the night of the show.