Because of COVID-19 travel restrictions and show and festival cancellations,
no new content has been added here since February 2020.
Read more about this here. | April 2019 update
To connect with us, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
SXSW 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | Live at Leeds 2016 | 2015 | 2014
Sound City 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | Great Escape 2018 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012

(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #405: Jade Bird

 
By on Thursday, 1st March 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Header photo by Francesca Allen

Editor Mary covered London-based singer/songwriter Jade Bird briefly last year leading into SXSW 2017 and Live at Leeds 2017, but we think she warrants a closer look ahead of SXSW 2018 this month. Bird’s early life and musical influences intertwine to create a unique and thoughtful sound, with country, rock, and jazz styles intermingling seamlessly in her songs. Her ‘Something American’ EP was released last summer via Glassnote Records.

The press release for Bird’s newly released cover of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Right Through You’ provides some enlightening context to what looks on the surface like a typical girl-with-guitar setup. “Born in Hexham, UK, Jade’s early life was spent mainly in flight as an ‘army brat.’ One of [her] life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women. At first via her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Jade become obsessed with, from empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith. Alanis Morissette‘s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ was a similar early touchstone.” With this in mind, ‘Right Through You’ seems to be a particularly apt choice. It fits nicely both in Bird’s voice and in her dryly ironic (yes, I went there), mildly rebellious style.

Bird’s current single ‘Lottery’ was released earlier this year, also on Glassnote. Its recorded version is upbeat and bright, with a jaunty guitar accompaniment and a distinct rock tone to its vocals. The lyrical conversation between Bird’s youthful protagonist and her lover is related in an offhand tone, but its between-the-lines subtext is much deeper: “I’ll tell you about a guy that I’ve been with / you ask how old is he and I laugh, twenty-six / nah, but he’s thirty / how messed up is that?”

The acoustic version of ‘Lottery’ is surprisingly different to the original recording. The musical accompaniment is shifted to solo piano, and its subtle jazz harmonies are a clever change from the song’s previous country-rock stylings. Bird’s voice is more exposed here, and a little shrill in moments, but it holds up remarkably well as the dynamic and dramatic intensity rises.

For those of you on the eastern side of the Atlantic, Jade Bird is currently in the midst of a UK headline tour which will run through the 11th of March. If you’re in the market for a last minute gig, tickets for the following shows are available now.

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Norwich Waterfront
Friday 2nd March 2018 – Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Sunday 4th March 2018 – Brighton Green Door Store
Monday 5th March 2018 – London Village Underground
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Birmingham Hare & Hounds 2
Thursday 8th March 2018 – Glasgow Poetry Club
Friday 9th March 2018 – Newcastle Think Tank
Saturday 10th March 2018 – Salford Eagle Inn
Sunday 11th March 2018 – Leeds Oporto

Following these shows, Bird will hop a plane for America and SXSW. If you’re on this side of the pond and can’t make it to Austin, you can catch Jade Bird on her spring and summer North American tour dates with Colter Wall and First Aid Kit; a full listing of Bird’s upcoming live dates can be found on her official Web site.

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2018 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook or official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

 

Michael Kiwanuka / October 2017 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 at 8:00 am
 

Following the selling out of his previously announced English tour slated for this spring, British soul singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has some good news for fans who missed out on tickets to the shows in April and May. He has revealed additional dates for this autumn, at some truly breathtaking symphonic venues, to further support his 2016 album ‘Love & Hate’. (Carrie’s glowing review of Kiwanuka’s sophomore album can be read here.) Tickets to the shows listed below go on sale this Friday, the 3rd of March, at 10 AM. We’ve covered Michael Kiwanuka quite a bit here on TGTF, and you can flip through our past writings on him if you follow this link.

Monday 16th October 2017 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 17th October 2017 – Salford Lowry
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Perth Concert Hall
Friday 20th October 2017 – York Barbican
Saturday 21st October 2017 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Monday 23rd October 2017 – Exeter Great Hall
Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Brighton Dome

 

Lisa Hannigan / October 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 6th July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Irish singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan will follow the release of her new album ‘At Swim’ with an October tour of the UK, as well as a list of European live dates later in the autumn. ‘At Swim’ is due out on the 19th of August and will include the delicately beautiful lead track ‘Prayer for the Dying’, which we recently featured right back here.

Tickets for the following live dates are available now. TGTF’s extensive previous coverage on Lisa Hannigan, dating all the way back to 2009, is collected here.

Thursday 13th October 2016 – Cardiff Tramshed
Friday 14th October 2016 – Brighton Old Market
Sunday 16th October 2016 – Oxford Academy 2
Monday 17th October 2016 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 19th October 2016 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Thursday 20th October 2016 – Salford St. Philip’s Church
Friday 21st October 2016 – Liverpool Arts Club
Saturday 22nd October 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Monday 24th October 2016 – London Islington Assembly Hall
Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Birmingham Glee Club
Wednesday 26th October 2016 – Leicester Academy 2

 

MP3 of the Day #893: MONEY

 
By on Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Emotionally cutting Manchester band MONEY will be releasing their sophomore album later this month. ‘Suicide Songs’, their second LP, will be out on the 29th of January on Bella Union, and the album closes with a song with a weighty title: ‘A Cocaine Christmas and an Alcoholic’s New Year’. As part of the promotion for the new album, the band are giving away a live version of the track, recorded live last November 2015 at Salford’s White Hotel, as a free mp3. You can listen to the track alone and download it for your own collection in the SoundCloud embed below, and if you want the full experience, you can also watch the live performance of the song from where the mp3 was taken directly below it.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OecJg2lav34[/youtube]

 

King Crimson / August and September 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 5th February 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Prog rock veterans King Crimson have announced an autumn tour of the UK with a brand new lineup comprising Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar). The live dates include two dates each at Friars Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and London’s Hackney Empire. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 6th of February, at 9 AM.

Monday 31st August 2015 – Friars Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Friars Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Thursday 3rd September 2015 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
Saturday 5th September 2015 – Brighton Dome
Monday 7th September 2015 – London Hackney Empire
Tuesday 8th September 2015 – London Hackney Empire
Friday 11th September 2015 – Salford Lowry
Monday 14th September 2015 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thursday 17th September 2015 – Edinburgh Usher Hall

 

I Am Kloot / November 2012 English Tour

 
By on Monday, 8th October 2012 at 8:30 am
 

Elbow‘s buddies I Am Kloot have announced a short English tour for early November. The Manchester band will stop in Preston, Salford and London. Salford is already sold out but tickets to the other two shows are still available. The video for ‘Hold Back the Night’, the new single from their forthcoming album ‘Let It All In’ (out on the 21st of January) is below.

Thursday 8th November 2012 – Preston 53 Degrees
Friday 9th November 2012 – Salford St. Paul’s Church (sold out)
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – London Islington Assembly Hall

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC8kxiOsGbo[/youtube]

 
 
 

About Us

There Goes The Fear is where we tell you about the latest music, gigs, and tours we love and think you should too.

We love music that has its heart on its sleeve, tells a story, swims around our head all day or makes us dance like no-one's watching.

TGTF was edited by Mary Chang, based in Washington, DC.

All MP3s are posted with the permission of the artists or their representatives and are for sampling only. Like the music? Buy it.

RSS Feed   RSS Feed  

Learn More About Us

Privacy Policy

Keep TGTF online for years to come!
Donate here.