The new album from Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits is out today, January 27th. An impressive, ambitious, and confident collection of dramatic rock and pop songs, the eponymous record was funded by fans earned by Robichaud throughout her time as front-woman of The Design and, most famously, during her thrilling run as a contender on The Voice.
There are no shortage of artists today aiming for the grand and theatrical, inspired by Lady Gaga, Dresden Dolls and the like – and surely these are influences on Kat Robichaud as well. But what makes this a special record, and Robichaud a special artist, is her natural edge. We would not hesitate to classify this as a rock and roll record, despite its polished pop production, purely for the non-stop intensity and the sheer force of the singer’s will. More Queen and Foxy Shazam than Gaga, really.
On top of this, the LP is beautifully bizarre. It is funny, clever, defiant, and plainly well-written. Sound collages recur throughout, sometimes to create or enhance a vibe, and occasionally just for a laugh. Yet this is no novelty. Veering between wrenching balladry and dynamic, piano-pounding epics, this is the sound of an artist going for broke, being completely true to herself and discovering her own essence, having tested her limits and finding only those that are self-imposed.
While you were mentally blowing off work in anticipation of your vacation, Yahoo Music was premiering the new official lyric video for Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits‘ “Somebody Call The Doctor.” The propulsive lead track from her upcoming album (January 27th) hit the web on December 23rd. Sure, it’s not all mistletoe and eggnog, but with all that out of the way, it’s time to focus on how spectacular this song sounds, and how entertaining the Doctor Who-themed video is. We’ll have more about the full-length soon, but until then, please enjoy:
Fresh off a nice run during NBC’s The Voice, Dawn & Hawkes are wasting no time in capitalizing on the popularity they garnered on the show. The indie-folk duo also known as Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length record. You could look at it as spending $25 on a very advance copy of what will surely be a great album, or if you’ve got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket – and I imagine that’s most of you – you can get yourself a private house concert. Don’t worry, there are options in between, too. For now, click here to check out your options, and enjoy their winning version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” plus a unique performance of their song “Yours and Mine.”
We could not be more proud of Dawn & Hawkes, the rootsy duo who emerged as one of the top finalists in our Intel Superstars competition in 2013. They have since been making waves as a big fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice. Last night, they advanced through another battle round with a version of Steelers Wheel’s classic “Stuck In The Middle.” They’ve been documenting their network adventure on their Facebook page, and it’s worth checking out.
The opening scenes of an audition on The Voice are always tense. Four judges sit with their backs to the singer, each one waiting to discover their next protege. As Kat Robichaud belted out the words to the Kiki Dee Band‘s “I’ve Got The Music In Me,” judge after judge turned their chair around to watch her ferocious performance, before battling it out. In the end Robichaud chose Cee Lo Green to be her partner in crime. You can watch the whole thing unfold below. (more…)
Not that long ago, Austin, TX musicians Dawn and Hawkes were finalists in our Intel Superstars competition. Garnering comparisons to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, this real-life couple turned folksy duo recently took to the The Voice to perform their cover of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Within seconds of their opening lines Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Shakira had already expressed interest, with Levine saying that it was his “favorite performance [he’s] ever seen on The Voice.” In the end, they chose Levine. You can watch it all unfold below. (more…)
NBC’s The Voice wrapped up last week, but not before inviting Paramore to the stage to belt out a high-energy performance of their hit, “Ain’t It Fun.” Taking the stage with them was Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee who, for the record, held her own against Paramore. Watch out, Hayley Williams, is all I’m saying.
Paramore will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this January alongside Twenty One Pilots and You Me At Six, before hitting their Parahoy! cruise with Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns, mewithoutYou, Bad Rabbits, and Reuben Wu. Check out the video and tour dates below. (more…)
Announced via a message spread across social networks earlier today, Pope is planning to release Frame By Frame on October 8 of this year. No tracklist for the album has been confirmed at this point, but the singer did upload two possible covers in hopes of getting advice from fans. You can view both options below.
Though her appearance on The Voice undoubtedly helped her become a quasi-famous singer, the jury is still out on whether or not Pope can stand without her band at her side. Comment below and let us know if you plan on picking up Frame By Frame this fall. (more…)
Celebrity cast member and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has found something akin to a gold mine with his recurring appearances on The Voice. Not only has the reality singing competition boosted Levine’s overall appeal and demand in pop culture, but it has also offered a platform for he and his bandmates to debut their new singles to the largest audience possible. The past three times this happened the corresponding song went #1 not long after, and after last night I think it’s safe to say single #4 is going to shine just as bright, if not brighter than the rest.
Anyone familiar with Maroon 5’s efforts have grown accustomed to their unique brand of pop rock. “Love Somebody” fits well within the band’s established catalog while still venturing further into the grey area between ballad and full tempo pop hit than ever before. The results are a moving track that simultaneously makes you want to throw your cares to the wind and dance in the streets. Click here to view the performance.
Following her stunning win on the most recent season of The Voice, Cassadee Pope has wasted no time in capitalizing on her success, signing with Universal Republic Nashville. I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family. I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career,” reads Pope’s statement. While fans might be saddened by the impact that Pope’s burgeoning solo career has had on her band Hey Monday, who are currently on hiatus, they needn’t worry about missing the singer herself in 2013. She will reportedly be working on a project that is supposedly a “edgier, less country” version of Taylor Swift.
While you’re waiting for Cassadee’s album, check out OurStage artist Aubrey Wood.
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