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Jenny Lewis / September 2014 English Tour

By on Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 8:00 am

Jenny Lewis will follow her summer festival appearances in the UK and Ireland with a quick tour of England, including two dates in London. Lewis’ latest album ‘The Voyager’ was released by Warner Brothers on the 28th of July. You can hear its title track below the tour date listing and check out Mary’s feature of earlier single ‘Just One of the Guys’ right here.

Friday 5th September 2014 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Saturday 6th September 2014 – Bristol Lantern
Thursday 11th September 2014 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Friday 12th September 2014 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 13th September 2014 – Birmingham Library



Video of the Moment #1575: Jenny Lewis

By on Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at 6:00 pm

Jenny Lewis will be releasing her first solo album in 6 years, ‘The Voyager’, at the end of July. The first taster from the LP is a slow tempo number called ‘Just One of the Guys’. I first heard it on BBC 6music, and its lyrical content was like a sock to the stomach. (For a woman, anyway.) But the song takes on a completely different air when you watch the video, which stars Lewis’ fairer sex buddies Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson taking advantage of the song’s title for a humourous take on what it means to be a woman. Or not. Watch the video below.

‘The Voyager’ will be released on the 28th of July on Warner Brothers.



Bands To Watch #88: Rilo Kiley

By on Thursday, 26th February 2009 at 12:30 pm

Rilo KileyI’ll be honest. It wouldn’t be unlike me to receive an album and not bother to listen to it all the way through, only stopping to hear the tracks that people have recommended. Well, I was given a Rilo Kiley album two days ago and had to do the hard work myself to discover which were the best tracks on the record. You may have guessed that once I started the album, I didn’t dare touch the skip button.

From the moment you hear Jenny Lewis’s vocals and the melodic yet slightly untamed guitar melodies, it’s near impossible to stop the track. Jenny is indeed blessed with a versatile voice but the added attitude and emotion you get in her performance is something to aspire to.

There are so many tracks I could recommend but the following three have a little extra spice to them. “Portions For Foxes” has a steady up tempo beat and tight guitar playing features throughout. “Dreamworld” is a little slower to get off the mark but it is well worth the wait to listen to Jenny’s and guitarist Blake’s voices interact. But for me, “Silver Lining” tops them all with a sensual slightly jazz feel about it.

I wouldn’t expect a Rilo Kiley track to make it into the top 10, but I would expect to see the albums in that league. From start to finish, the records are consistantly well composed with a little wild spice here and there to jazz it up. Certainly a band to listen to, let alone watch.


Album Review: Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue

By on Sunday, 21st September 2008 at 4:09 pm

We’ve recently teamed up with those lovely people over at the 405 and today bring you another in our regular series of guest posts from their team of amazing authors. Below is a review of Jenny Lewis’ new album, written originally by Rhian Daly.

I’m guessing everyone’s already familiar with the wonderful Jenny Lewis but just in case, allow me to introduce her. Hailing from California, Lewis is the femme fatale that gives Rilo Kiley their edge. She’s also done a bit of acting in her younger days and released her first solo album, ‘Rabbit Fur Coat’, last year with her friends The Watson Twins. This time though, she’s truly solo, save for a few guest appearances from the likes of M. Ward, Elvis Costello and Zooey Deschanel. So, how does ‘Acid Tongue’ stand up against Lewis’ impressive back catalogue?

Mostly, it’s your typical Americana record with Lewis’ own little twists, of course. For example, ‘Jack Killed Mom’ ends with Lewis being backed by a gospel choir, whilst ‘The Next Messiah’ is three songs spliced together in a nine minute long medley. But what works best on this album is when she keeps her variations to a minimum and allows the songs to shine through simplicity.

‘Black Sand’ is a dark start to Lewis’ second solo LP, with the lyrical imagery coming to life as the poster girl for country pop’s words come spilling out of your speakers. You can almost feel the harsh seafront wind on your face as Lewis sings “I have this dream where I’m down on my knees on the black sand/I’m facing the sea as the wind pushes me down to my hands”. It’s this sort of powerful, vivid songwriting that makes this album so hard to get out of your head – for every line you’re also given a high definition, techni-colour vision.

‘Pretty Bird’, like much of ‘Acid Tongue’, boasts sparse instrumentation allowing the soft vocals to shine without distraction. ‘The Next Messiah’, as previously mentioned, is a three song medley that Lewis herself has described as her attempt to “do a Streisand”. Unfortunately for Lewis, the track just feels over-long, with nothing of note happening across the nine minutes time it takes up.

The record’s title track is one of the strongest songs on offer here, a no-holds barred reminiscing of times gone by, all apart from the line “You don’t know what I’ve done”, sung so coyly you know it’ll take a good deal of coercion to make the protagonist tell you what they mean. ‘See Fernando’ is another highlight (and sounds the most like Lewis’ other musical outlet, Rilo Kiley,) with its infectious verses and slight Spanish guitar feel.

Elvis Costello appears on ‘Carpetbaggers’ sounding as fresh and vibrant as he did back in the 70s, whereas ‘Tryin’ My Best’ is a touching string-led ballad that will melt even the hardest of hearts. ‘Acid Tongue’ finishes on the similarly tender ‘Sing a Song’, ending as it started with lucid imagery, this time of “alley rats and tenement flies”. Whilst its never going to be described as the most essential record, it is one worth owning if you find yourself craving honey-voiced female lyricists of the Americana persuasion.


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