file under: avant-garde, singer-songwriter, experimental, new wave, performance art
Laurie Anderson's 40-year career bucks classification, incorporating performance art, music, spoken word, video, and more. To mention John Zorn, Lou Reed, and Philip Glass only glosses her collaborations with the American avant-garde. She's also crossed over in interesting and unexpected ways, whether voicing a singing tot in The Rugrats Movie, or hitting #2 on the 1981 UK Singles Chart with "O Superman (For Massenet)", a doomsday anthem combining the vocoder with an aria from Le Cid. That angelic, robotic voice is often reprised on Homeland, her first new album in a decade, which fans will welcome as an heir to her definitive performance piece, United States. It's also a perfect starting point; an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide. –Brian Howe, Pitchfork
Head over to NPR to stream Homeland in its entirety.
Click here to get tickets to her show on July 13th.
file under: pop, singer-songwriter
Kate Miller-Heidke thought she was heading toward a career in opera, with plans to take up Gilbert and Sullivan roles. But in spite of her classic training and multiple degrees in music, the soprano was won over by the power of pop.
The singer-songwriter's newly reissued 2008 album Curiouser has the right combination of humor and wit, as well as a noticeable sense of confidence. She throws herself fully into pop songwriting, embracing the intimate words she'd once feared revealing. -NPR
Head over to NPR to listen to her perform on World Cafe.
Click here to get tickets to her show on July 14th.
file under: blues, country, folk, pop, singer-songwriter
Many people know Marc Cohn from his hit “Walking in Memphis” off of his 1991 self-titled debut, which was later covered by Cher. After a bout of writers block and a carjacking that left him hospitalized, he returned in 2007 with his critically acclaimed album Join the Parade. On his latest release Listening Booth: 1970 Cohn reinterprets songs from that era that inspired him to be a musician from artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. He recently performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage. You can stream the performance over here.
Marc Cohn is playing two shows at LPR on July 28th. Click here to get tickets to the early show and here to get tickets to the late show.
file under: folk, singer-songwriter, soul
Frazy Ford, who was one of the founding members of the all-female alt-country band the Be Good Tanyas, is set to release her first solo album Obadiah on July 20th. Recorded in Vancouver over the course of a summer, the album features guest appearances by many of Ford’s friends, neighbors, and collaborators and is influenced by everything from the singer-songwriters of the 60’s to Otis Redding and Al Green. You can download “Firecracker,” a track off of the album, below.
Click here to get tickets to her show on July 30th.