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Farewell Charlotte Sometimes – R.I.P.

Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move   Photo Credit: Eric John


“Are you looking for Room 5? [big smile]  It’s upstairs. Yeah, just go upstairs!”

I had walked in with my photographer staring around the room like a deer in the headlights until a voice from the front dining table of the first floor restaurant took charge pointing me in the right direction.  Raven hair, black eyes, stunning and personality heavy…who else could it be…of course it was Charlotte!

What an opener!

Friday, April 11, 2014 was the official release party for Charlotte Sometimes’ new EP “By Request”.  It was also her farewell performance.  At the top of the show she made the shocking announcement that this was to be her “funeral”.  After tonight indie pop, alternative rocker, Charlotte Sometimes would be no more.

No she’s not leaving the business.  But after a long career off and on as Charlotte Sometimes, Jessica Charlotte Poland, has decided to hang up her fame as an NBC, The Voice contestant and move on to a different future. It’s a whole new sound in development.

Beginning the set with How I Could Just Kill a Man and ending with It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To, she utterly captivated and excited the audience throughout with new releases like Paint the Sky and a super cool sing-along of Foster The People’s “Pumped up Kicks”. ( which, I will geekily admit was kinda fun; honestly, I never actually knew the words to that song until Charlotte made us sing them. lol)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

you better run better run

faster than my bullet

As the 2nd floor packed in, she wittily addressed a standing-room-only crowd while furiously wrestling with the standing mic and her acoustic guitar, “It’s ok were just sound checking you can talk amongst yourselves.”

Very funny…

Actually she is pretty hilarious. In a lighter tone she is spunky, adorable and quick-witted with a biting sense of humor.  Her best side however is her fiercely confident, sexy, tough-girl intensity always with a hint of longing in her voice.  She’s just Charlotte doing her Charlotte thing even though she likes to call herself a sassy bitch.  And take that anyway you like!  Because however you say it, the girl can sing!

Her voice is actually a lot weightier and with more structure than on her recordings.  Strong in every way she challenges, invites, devours, folds you into her music. “By Request” strips down arrangements noted in her former EP “Circus Head” and focuses distinctly on Charlotte’s vocal stylings which are edgy and voluptuous.  The material is cutting-edge showcasing her unique talent.

Favorite cover of the evening – “Creep” by Radio Head – “I’m a creep…” I think she really meant it, but who couldn’t love her just the same!

We think she’s SPECIAL!

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Forever 21′s Coachella Party in the Sky

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Forever 21 celebrated the first weekend of Coachella with an epic “Party in the Sky”on Saturday, April 12 featuring  secret guest DJ’s Gorgon City and What So Not,
as well as recording artist Azealia Banks who performed unreleased tracks off of
“Broke With Expensive Taste.”
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The event included two complimentary gifts for attendees to enjoy, the premiere of Forever 21′s Summer 2014 fashion film and for added “lift,”
a 20ft VIP party pod suspended above the main event
to create the ultimate desert party experience.
The event hashtag was cleverly dubbed “#Cranechella” 

Guests were encouraged to leave a donation for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation - 100% of donations went to the Foundation.

Official Forever 21″Party in the Sky” Playlist:

(Photo Credits: Forever 21)

Late Guest at the Party

Late Guest at the Party 

Check out NYC based Italian electro-rock group, LATE GUEST AT THE PARTY  and their BRAND NEW single “Gravel”.

Their first critically acclaimed debut LP garnered rave reviews from Radio BBC One and Rolling Stone Magazine. Since then, they’ve been joined by lead vocalist and notable producer, Caleb Shreve (formerly Chuck Body), who’s worked with many influential artists, including: Phantogram, Yoko Ono, Wu-Tang Clan, Peter Bjorn & John, Tegan and Sara, Santigold and many more.

Combining elements from different genres since they started out in 2002, eclectic Italian group Late Guest at the Party have always been able to cross several geographical and musical borders with their unique sound made of well-read electro lashes, engaging beats and catchy anthems, all permeated by a peculiar r’n’r DNA and 90′s brit-pop / rave hints.

“Italy’s Late Guest at the Party creates the musical backdrop and catchy melodies that any good pop band should have, but they’ve also got the bite of a rock band.”   Pigeons and Planes

“Late Guest at the Party are high on the heels to becoming the next big thing.”— Filter Magazine

Find them on Twitter: @lgatp



The Voice 2014 Tour Kicks Off on June 21st

img_the_voice_logo_v2Fans of the hit NBC show, “The Voice”, can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season’s talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Talpa Media and AEG Live announced today the 31-show concert tour launches June 21st in San Antonio, TX and stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, ON before wrapping in Redmond, WA on August 2.

Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10:00 AM local

Purchase tickets at either: and

Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season’s Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media.

The Voice Tour Featured Guests 2014

Fans can experience the finalists performing favorite moments from their seasons again live on tour. THE VOICE Season 6 Finale will air on NBC on May 20th, but this season’s fan-favorites and past stars will continue on with the 2014 Tour.

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will join NBC’s The Voice as the official title sponsor of The Voice Live Tour.  CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ will bring the message of resilience across the U.S., and provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and content from the road. The multiplatform partnership will bring to life America’s inner and outer resilience, while engaging with the show’s thousands of fans in real-time.


San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre


Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie


Houston, TX Bayou Music Center


Tampa, FL David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts


Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Center


Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium


Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre


Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium


Atlantic City, NJ The Mark Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal


New York, NY Beacon Theatre


Baltimore, MD Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric


Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts


Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Events Center


Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods


Cleveland, OH Playhouse Square – State Theatre


Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre


Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre


Minneapolis, MN Mystic Lake Casino Hotel


Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Riverside Theater


St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House


Denver, CO Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre


Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater


Las Vegas, NV The Joint at the Hard Rock


Indio, CA* Fantasy Springs Resort Special Events Center


San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre


Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE


San Jose, CA San Jose Center for the Performing Arts


Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts
*The Indio, CA event will go on sale Friday, April 25th.
Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.
Event time and date subject to change.

Sing For Your Supper at Hard Rock Hollywood on April 15th!

Slash-on-Stage-2This upcoming tax day April 15th  ROCK your hard core relief Los Angeles!

In a promotion to encourage the rock star in all of us  Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard will be  giving customers the opportunity to prove that they are the ultimate triple threat: Eat, Drink and “Sing For Your Supper”. The restaurant famous for its rock star memorabilia, including the notorious pants worn by Jim Morrison during the iconic performance by The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl, will be holding the stage for burgeoning performers, enthusiastic vocalists, and hungry rockers from 5-7pm. hrc-hollywood-blvd-extdsc_0083---compressedThis is Hard Rock so participants will be accompanied by a live band as they sing hits and crowd pleasers to earn their free meal.  Performers can choose from a selection of new menu items, including the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken or Fiesta Burger (or Veggie Burger) as their free meal. Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard is located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. #105 in the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center.

Charlotte Sometimes Releases New EP at L.A.’s Room 5 This Friday

Charlotte Sometimes


LA based Charlotte Sometimes (of The Voice) celebrates the release of her latest EP By Request, at Los Angeles’ Room 5, Friday, April 11, 2014, 9PM 

By Request (featuring Coley O’Toole of We The Kings) strips down the arrangements, putting the spotlight on Charlotte’s thoughtfully sincere lyrics and distinct vocal stylings. The follow up to 2012’s Circus Head, Charlotte turned to her fans and friends for inspiration on this new endeavor. Through an interactive social media campaign, Charlotte let her audience select songs to be re-imagined in intimate versions for this acoustic EP, which was recorded live in one day at NYC’s Cutting Room Studios. By Request also features one new song, the first single, “Magic.”

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“Stunning…” (MTV Buzzworthy)

“We have loved Charlotte Sometimes for awhile, and her new album only deepens our devotion.” (I Heart Daily)

“From the opening acoustic guitar chords of “Magic” to Sometimes’ final, heartfelt vocal yowls on “Losing Sleep,” it’s clear that this special release is a unique vehicle that once again showcases the 26-year-old singer’s incredible wealth of talent.” (Idolator)



San Miguel Sound Festival To Feature International Musician LORDE

Here’s a “Hot-Off-The-Press” for music lovers and lovers of Lourde.

The first edition of San Miguel SOUND will take place in the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende from April 4th to the 8th with the music festival showcasing artists from around the world in the styles of Indie, Pop and Folk performing in some of the most unique venues found in and around the long renowned artist city, including the historic center and the main venue the Plaza de Toros.

The line-up of over 40 bands includes both international and Mexican headliner including Washed Out, Neon Indian, Jenny and the Mexicats, Win Win, Here We Go Magic, as well as local bands and groups from across Mexico, which will have the opportunity of performing with international bands and singers.

Festival attendees, many of which traveling to the city for the event, will have the opportunity to experience their favorite music in a number of different atmospheres, such as intimate solo-artist showcases, dance-till-you-drop big stage events and after hour DJ sets.

On Tuesday April 8th the festival continues with a special event featuring LORDE, the international superstar and winner of the 2014 Grammy’s for both Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year for her mega-hit Royals, with her first solo-performance in Mexico.

“Attracting an international celebrity to performance in San Miguel de Allende is a great opportunity to show how artistic and cosmopolitan our City is”, says Maria Jose Garrido, Director of Tourism and Economic Development. “I am sure that LORDE and all the performers will fall in love with San Miguel and I am confident that San Miguel SOUND will be a great showcase for a vibrant San Miguel de Allende”.

Located three hours from Mexico City and one hour from El Bajio Airport, San Miguel is one of Mexico’s most popular destinations for Americans because the World Heritage site provides a unique setting for cultural, gastronomical and luxurious getaways. A well-awarded city, it is also one of the best positioned cities in the international festival circuit with events such as the International Film FestivalJazz & Blues FestivalLa Calaca cultural festival and the SMArt Festival.

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Onward Etc. Is “Leavin’ Home Again” to Tour This Spring

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Have your dukes up, because Onward, Etc. are hitting the road for a slew of dates across the country, in conjunction with their forthcoming album release, Sonder On, which was released on March 11 via DC-Jam Records. The sophomore release features exclusive cameos from the likes of ex. Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Larry & His Flask and more, creating a perfect collection of punk infused folk tracks.
Fresh off the release of their second single, “Crazy Horse,” on American Songwriter, and a full album premiere on Guitar World, frontman Rosco Wuestewald will be joined by fellow travelers, violinist KC Olsen and percussionist Tom Pearson, as they continue their musical travels to every corner of the country, meeting up with friends Flogging Molly along the way. Full tour dates below.
Listening to this band for the first time the resonance was immediate. Unexpected sounds breakthrough to the forefront occasionally giving this music a unique stamp.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Tuesday, April 1 | Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Wednesday, April 2 | Columbus, OH @ Bernie’s Distillery
Friday, April 4 | Stroudsberg, PA @ Sherman Theater – Living Room
Saturday, April 5 | Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest w/ Less Than Jake
Sunday, April 6 | New York, NY @ Slake
Tuesday, April 8 | Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Wednesday, April 9 | Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s
Saturday, April 12 | Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
Sunday, April 13 | Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
Tuesday, April 15 | Salt Lake City, UT @ The Woodshed
Wednesday, April 16 | Boise, ID @ The Crux
Thursday, April 17 | Seattle, WA @ The Kraken
Friday, April 18 | Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theatre
Tuesday, April 22 | Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe (Get Tickets Now!)
Wednesday, April 23 | Tempe, AZ @ 51west
Thursday, June 5 | Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Skinny Lister
Saturday, June 7 | Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre w/ Skinny Lister
Tuesday, June 10 | Charlotte, NC @ Visualite Theatre w/ Skinny Lister
Wednesday, June 11 | Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl w/ Skinny Lister
Sunday, June 15 | Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts w/ Skinny Lister
Monday, June 16 | Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Skinny Lister
Tuesday, June 17 | New York, NY @ Knitting factory w/ Skinny Lister
Tuesday, June 24 | Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Skinny Lister
*more dates to be announced
More info on Onward Etc:

Tongue & Groove is Back at the Hotel Cafe, Hollywood This Sunday!!!


“Tongue & Groove” is back this Sunday with its monthly offering of short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music.  Produced by Conrad Romo, this  month features: J. Dylan Yates “The Belief in Angels”, Marley Klaus, Michele Matheson “Saving Angelfish”, David Kendrick, Lauren Eggert-Crowe  and  music by  Amilia Spicer.

Sunday March 30th
6-7:30 pm
The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 No. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, Ca 90028
$6.00 (Dude…you can afford it!)


Here’s the line-up:

J. Dylan Yates was raised on a on a tiny, New England peninsula. Her debut novel, “The Belief in Angels”, was written over the course of many years while she attempted a number of BA-related jobs, including: teaching, corporate training, real estate, nursing, interior design, parenting, and reluctant housewifery. Prior to publication, her book won the Alexis Masters Scholarship Award at the February 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference. Yates is a professional musician.

Michele Matheson lives in L.A. with her husband, son and daughter. She has been an accomplished actress from an early age, both in film and television, and has also found success as a singer and keyboard player for bands such as Action Daddy and The Black Tales. Currently, she is working on her second novel as well as doing illustrations for a children’s book, and she is thoroughly enjoying her new life as a mom.

David Kendrick  came to Los Angeles by way of a phone call from the legendary Kim Fowley. He has played with 90 bands more or less. Some of note have been Gleaming Spires, Sparks, DEVO and Andy Prieboy. He is an avid collector of odd art and some of his finds have appeared in Clown Paintings by Diane Keaton. David’s ongoing music project – “The Empire Of Fun” to date has released a box set plus six other collections, including the fiction story  CD set “I’m sorry Mr. Kendrick, there’s a skull inside your head.” Recently he has had essays on cycads and fear published by the Laboratory Arts collective Hymn magazine.

Marley Klaus is a former Emmy-nominated 60 Minutes producer who also created the award-winning California public television newsmagazine, California Connected. After leaving journalism, she co-wrote a pilot for a television series with Tom Fontana, her short story “Cleaning Up” was a finalist in the 2008 Faulkner-Wisdom short story competition, she’s working on a novel, and is going through whatever training newcomers get in the seven major religious traditions and writing about it in her blog: The Heathen Learns.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe is a well rounded writer of poetry, essays, book reviews, interviews, and cultural reportage. She was raised in rural Pennsylvania and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The U. of Arizona. She was voted Best Poet of Santa Cruz in in 2010 and 2011. Her poetry has also been set to music, in “Diary of a Black Widow,” a multisectional song setting by contemporary composer Christopher Pratorius, which premiered with the Santa Cruz Chamber Players in 2010. She has written 2 chapbooks and has published the highly regarded feminist ‘zine, Galatea’s Pants

Amilia Spicer has performed across a good portion of the USA, appearing at many festivals and clubs. She has two CDs Like and Engine and Seamless. Her music has been described as intimate, dreamlike, lighthearted, and moody.

Come early!  Seating is limited and they start on time!

There is usually ample street parking, but meters need to be fed till 8pm.  Read the signs carefully, but don’t park on Cahuenga. There is a parking lot right behind the club for 6 bucks or so or there are other lots on Selma between Cahuenga and Cole for 5-6 dollars.

Instrumental Killas: Something Special Straight From Brooklyn

Just as I was ready to spotlight a music group in my writing yesterday, these kids suddenly popped into the email box.  It was fate or destiny I guess, but I love watching talent come up from the very beginning. And heck, they’re kids!  A pretty good listen indeed. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Intrumental KIillas are a group of young teens which came together to
get out of the streets and start something positive for themselves. Brought together by Dalila Barreto of Kartel Route Multimedia saw some potential in these kids and thought that they would make it far in the industry if they stay together. Kris Kartel tought them how to be apart of something special to call there own. Which IK was a name thought of by the members collectively, there are three main members of IK which is bryce the poet, young lyrical, and Gsmoove together they form Instrumental killas. Kris Kartel says these three might be the new age fugee camp with lyrics up to date and the beats banging hard where you have no choice but to move your body or bop your head.

British Culture Invades The Saban Theatre in Los Angeles

gstqBritish culture will invade The Saban Theatre (8440 Wilshire Boulevard) in Beverly Hills as Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) presents “God Save the Queen(s),” the second show of the Chorus’s 35th season, on Saturday March 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday March 30, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Gay Men's Chorus

“God Save the Queen(s) – A Not So Proper British Invasion” is a journey from the 1960s all the way through today. It’s a fun show basking in the heyday of rock-and-roll classics like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen and David Bowie, along with modern one-name wonders like Adele, Seal, Elton and Sade. The show will also feature tributes to James Bond and Monty Python, and contemporary songs by Imogen Heap, Radiohead, Florence and the Machine, and the Spice Girls!

GMCLA welcomes subscribers, Angelenos and all guests to enjoy a concert unlike any other in its 35 year history. Each concert is a celebration of LGBT pride and culture; creating social change through live performance. “God Save the Queen(s)” promises to be a light-hearted spectacle that is sure to showcase the full monty of both British and LGBT cultures.

buy-tickets-now“We’re gearing up for one of our most highly-anticipated shows ever,” said Chris Verdugo, Executive Director of GMCLA. “‘God Save the Queen(s)’ is going to be a non-stop series of high-energy performances that are sure to get the audience dancing in the aisles. We’re carrying on a tradition that is both important and fun.”

This summer GMCLA will perform its 35th Anniversary Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Act One, “City of Angels,” will salute the entertainment capital of the world, paying homage to the finest music to rise out of LA. Act Two, an oratorio entitled I Am Harvey Milk, with words and music by Tony nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish), celebrates Milk’s remarkable life from childhood to his rise as the first openly gay man to hold public office in California, and his untimely assassination. Part choral work and part theater piece, I Am Harvey Milk is an emotional celebration of a true American icon, co-commissioned by GMCLA and five other gay men’s choruses. Produced in association with Oscar winner Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook and Milk), I Am Harvey Milk will feature Lippa in the title role. The 200+ singers of GMCLA will be joined by members of the other co-commissioning choruses for a combined powerhouse performance featuring more than 500 voices!

GMCLA’s 35th Season also includes the U.S. tour of “it gets better” — a joint production with Speak Theater Arts and the It Gets Better Project — wherein chorus members will join local communities in states like Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Nebraska presenting workshops, rehearsals and multimedia theatrical performances to bring visibility to LGBT rights and issues. GMCLA’s local community outreach programs support L.A. youth through Outside Voices (an LGBT youth chorus) and the Alive Music Project (AMP), a unique music education program of master classes and in-school presentations for middle and high school students to create a powerful anti-bullying message. The Voice Awards, GMCLA’s annual fund raising gala, will be held on May 3, 2014 at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios.

To order tickets for “God Save the Queen(s),” to become a subscriber, or for more information on Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, please visit


ABOUT Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA)
GMCLA has garnered international acclaim for artistic excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community and beyond by promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance through music. Founded in 1979, critics have proclaimed the Chorus “inspired,” “expressive, innovative, and utterly moving,” and hailed it for presenting “meaningful entertainment.” It is one of the largest and most influential men’s choruses in the nation; the first gay chorus to perform for a sitting president – Bill Clinton – and recently for President Barack Obama. The 240-member Chorus has toured internationally,  released 15 CDs, commissioned over 300 new works and guest starred on such TV shows as “$#*! My Dad Says,” “Will & Grace”, “Six Feet Under” and “The 2013 Oscars.” In October 2010, in response to the sharp rise in anti-gay related suicides, GMCLA produced an It Gets Better video featuring Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” a viral sensation that has received more than 800,000 hits. Presenting several concerts each season in Los Angeles including the popular “Holiday Spectacular,” they perform frequently at the Alex Theatre, Saban Theatre and Walt Disney Concert Hall and feature music legends such as Billy Porter, LeAnn Rimes, Melissa Manchester, Stephen Schwartz, and Jerry Herman. (

St. Patrick’s Day Through Irish Eyes

Through Irish EyesIn honer of Saint Patrick’s Day Glitterati presented a selection of photographs from Through Irish Eyes:   A Visual Companion to Angela McCourt’s Ireland.

Through Irish Eyes adds a visual dimension to the Ireland that so many readers of Angeles Ashes – Frank McCourt’s luminous account of his Limerick childhood – have longed to know better. Photography of Limerick in the 1930s and 1940s offers witness to the Irish ways, its people and customs, its struggles and its small and hard wrought joys, coupled with the words of such Irish writers as Yeats, Morton and Thackeray. (To read more…purchase the book) Click the Soundcloud link below for the music of Jordi Busquets and other Irish tunes.

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Through Irish Eyes

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