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Elizabeth Willis is a classically trained violinist and pianist who began playing at the age of four. Yet, she left that behind to focus on pop music composition. Given her classical background, it’s not surprising that Willis sought vocal instruction when she realized she’d need to sing her songs. Lead single “One” from her self-titled album drew praise from Ludacris after he discovered the tune on his WeMix.com web site. “One” is a beautifully constructed song with rich strings, moody piano and a rather melancholoy atmosphere. Willis credits Russian music as a major influence and one can hear those minor chord shadings and Slavic moodiness being a prime driver of “One”.

Elizabeth Willis
One [MP3]
     

Marissa Nadler’s “River of Dirt” is a haunting, melancholy tune from her upcoming Kemado release Little Hells (March 3). The video for the song was directed by Joana Linda and evokes the feelings of loneliness and homesickness in the lyrics via scenes of wide open spaces and pensive expressions.

 

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2009


Obits
“Pine On” [MP3] from I Blame You [24 March]
     

Great Northern
“Houses” [MP3] from Remind Me Where the Light Is [28 April]
     

Woodhands
“Electric Avenue” [MP3] from Dancer [3 March]
     

Pronto
“When I’m on the Rocks” [MP3] from All Is Golden [10 March]
     

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2009


Michael Keefe named Eleni Mandell’s Miracle of Five the third best singer-songwriter album of 2007, calling it “her subtlest and best work yet… torch-singing crosses with sad ‘50s pop and, yes, a bit of vintage country balladry… her songwriting is too good to ignore.” Mandell follows up that superb effort with Artificial Fire, releasing next week on Zedtone. Here’s the title song as well as her upcoming tour schedule. As Keefe said back in 2007, “Mandell might not be begging you to listen to her music, but I am.”

Eleni Mandell
“Artificial Fire” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
2/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - Los Angeles CD RELEASE SHOW!
2/21: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
3/05: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
3/06: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club      
3/08: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s Place
3/09: Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
3/19: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
3/21: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/22: Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
3/26: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/27: Minneapolis, MN @  Cedar Cultural Centre
3/28: Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
3/30: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive

Dan Raper raved about Max Tundra’s 2008 album Parallax Error Beheads You calling Tundra’s music “smart, engaging, and both challenging and fun to listen to. That’s what makes it unusual, and worth treasuring.” Tundra is heading out on tour March through May withy Junior Boys (tour dates below) and he has a nmew digital single, “Which Song”, releasing March 31st that will include two exclusive B-sides. We’ve got the single for your listening pleasure. Also, check out his recent video “Will Get Fooled Again”.

Max Tundra
“Which Song” [MP3]
     

TOUR DATES
03.18 - 03.21 - Austin, TX SXSW
03.28 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
03.29 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club *
03.31 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
04.01 - Pontiac, MI - Cro-Foot (Pike Room) *
04.02 - Chicago, IL - The Metro *
04.03 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA *
04.04 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret *
04.06 - Saskatoon, SK - TBA *
04.07 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
04.09 - Calgary, AB - The Warehouse *
04.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret *
04.12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe *
04.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
04.16 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club *
04.19 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
04.22 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theatre *
04.24 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
04.25 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club *
04.28 - Newport, KY - Southgate House *
04.29 - Columbus, OH - TBA *
04.30 - Lexington, KY - The Dame *
05.01 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *
05.02 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
05.03 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
05.05 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
05.06 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
05.07 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.08 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
05.09 - Montreal, QC - TBA *
05.10 - Ottawa, ON - TBA *

* = w/ Junior Boys

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