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Made in Iceland!

Made in Iceland!

  • By Andrew Fish
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Phil

Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík is home to a wealth of creative talent, a heaping handful of which you can check out at Walt Disney Concert Hall this month. “Opening Night: Made in Iceland – Live” — which serves as night one of L.A. Phil’s Reykjavík Festival — is an evening of music, art, moving images and beer.

Electronic band Múm is slated to play the main stage, making music with instruments from the ordinary to the extraordinary. And hitting the center’s BP hall will be composer and bassist Skúli Sverrisson, singer and musician Ólöf Arnalds, one-woman electronic orchestra DJ Flugvél og Geimskip, Jófríður Ákadóttir’s solo project JFDR, and multi-instrumental band Amiina. Also in BP Hall, an L.A. Phil-commissioned, site-specific installation entitled “Nervescape VI” by visual artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter) will be on display. And for further visual stimulation, work from artist Siggi Eggertsson will be represented as well.

Driving at the Speed of the Nordic Sun, a 4-hour single-take movie by Xárene Eskandar, with music by Daníel Bjarnason, will screen continuously in the outdoor, rooftop setting of the W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre — and if you find yourself in the mood for a beverage, partake of the craft beer tasting courtesy of Einstök Beer Company. And this is just the first night. The Reykjavík Festival runs through the first half of April, and includes three performances by the legendary Sigur Rós. So head to Disney Hall and get a taste of Iceland!

For the complete line up and details, click here.

Lordy Lorde!

Lorde (photo: Andrew Whitton)

Lordy Lorde!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Lorde

Well it looks like she might just in fact have risen to the level of the royals – the Lollapalooza royals that is. Lorde was officially announced as a headliner for this summer’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. The New Zealand-born singer has come a long way since her 2013 single debut that catapulted her into world fame. She’s won two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, an iHeartMusic Award and several MTV Music Awards. And it’s clear at 20 years old, she’s just getting started.

Lorde performed her newest single, “Liability,” recently on Saturday Night Live and stole the show. The song is addictive with deep base and deeper vocals. But what kept audiences memorized and the internet buzzing was her persona. She carries the song, owns the stage and pulls dance moves straight out of this world. “One day I will do a normal dance choreographed by a nice person and I will look more like your other favourite performers,” Lorde responded on Twitter. “But we have not yet reached that day.”

This couldn’t make us more excited for her upcoming and second album, “Melodrama,” scheduled for release on June 16 through Republic Records. Lorde is doing her own thing, creating her own sound, performing with soul and delivering something new. And we’re loving it.

For all things Lorde, including info on her post-Coachella tour dates, click here.

Ed Sheeran!

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran!

  • By Sharareh Zerang
  • Photo Courtesy of Ed Sheeran

Every three years, the wonderful and soothing singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, drops an album titled after a mathematical symbol. It started with “+” in 2011 and was followed by “x” in 2014. Now, in 2017, he’s given us another roster of wonderful and fun music in his new album, “÷”, which debuted at number one on almost every chart.

Where do I even start with the talent that is Ed Sheeran? His music is somehow laidback and catchy at the same time, which is a hard mixture to succeed with. In his newest album, Sheeran delivers the same beautiful voice over personal and relatable lyrics that one can’t help but learn every single word to. On January 6th, 2017, he released not one, but two singles from his album. They were Castle on the Hill and Shape of You, which occupied the top two spots on numerous charts, including US Billboard Hot 100.

There’s not a song on this album that I hate, but I won’t pretend there isn’t a special place in my heart for his song, New Man. Give it a listen if you haven’t; it’s great. Ed Sheeran is one of the most consistent artists out there. But, did you know he’s going to be on season 7 of Game of Thrones? Guess that’s one more thing we’re going to have to check out when it comes to this multi-talented, redheaded icon.

For all things Ed Sheeran, click here.

Little Big Town!

Little Big Town

Little Big Town!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Little Big Town

Little Big Town released its self-titled debut on Monument Records in 2002. But it wasn’t until their second album, “The Road to Here,” that they gained mass popularity, receiving a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They went on to release six more albums including their latest, “The Breaker,” released this year.

“The Breaker,” featuring the single “Better Man,” peaked at number one on the US Hot Country Songs and was written by Taylor Swift. Karen Fairchild – one member of the American country music quartet alongside Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet – revealed recently that Swift “thought of us because of the harmonies, and she’s never pitched a song to anyone before.” For her part Swift later tweeted out, “Feeling really honored that a band I’ve loved for so many years decided to record this song I wrote.”

Relying heavily on four-part vocal harmonies in which each of the members alternate singing lead, Little Big Town evokes equal parts energy and melancholy in their unique country sound. They won seven Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs), one American Country Award (ACA) and were nominated for dozens more across the industry. Their growth in popularity has translated to an explosion in new tour dates with 31 throughout the US and UK from this month through the end of the year.

For all things Little Big Town, click here.

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