Category Archives: Music

King Washington: Don’t Expect My Love

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We nearly fell over when we heard these guys…bringing you way back to sounds like Radiohead, Dr. Dog and Cat Stevens…Indie-folk rock ‘n’ roll trio King Washington sings their own lean, mean version of old-school-reminiscent, mid-60s, counterculture.  We love it here at Gia On The Move!

Drawing influence from a variety of artists and genres including Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Queen and bands of the British Invasion, King Washington was formed in 2005 by an 18-year-old Tyson Kelly (vocals/guitar) straight out of high school. With the addition of George Krikes (vocals/guitar) and Billy Lee (vocals/bass), King Washington became a staple in the Los Angeles music scene with the release of their debut EP Grenadine in 2009. The band released their first full-length album, The Gears, in 2012, which was fully fan-funded and produced by Ambrosia’s Joe Puerta. The next year, King Washington released The Overload and set out on extensive touring.

Having already completed seven tours this year alone, the band has played alongside giants such as Arctic Monkeys, Michael McDonald, Ambrosia, Peter Asher and Denny Laine. King Washington is gaining momentum fast, slated to play weekly residencies in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Rochester (MN) in November.  Get the dates …click here.

“In an ideal world, King Washington would be topping the pop charts,” and it’s only a matter of time until they do so (7BitArcade.com).

www.kingwashingtonmusic.com

Jensen Reed “This Time”

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It wasn’t too long ago that alternative pop hip-hop artist  Jensen Reed released his latest song “This Time” featuring soul songstress Lisa Donnelly.  A departure from the kind of music we normally gravitate to and definitely not totally language clean, we thought it was interesting enough to feature  here at Gia On The Move.  Here’s why:

“This time we’re so much different…”

Reminiscent of Macklemore and Gym Class Heroes, Reed is an LA-based artist who is known for his style of fusing upbeat pop structure and dark hip-hop overtones to create unique compositions. His music has been featured on celebrated shows such as Friday Night Lights and Showtime’s House of Lies, as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Messenger. His most recent album, The Left Coastwas released in April 2014 and featured Michael Vinzce and The Mowgli’s.  He also collaborated with prolific YouTuber Taryn Southern on a cover of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)”.

Check out the blog too…very cool!

 http://www.jensenreed.com/

Busy Living “Let You Down”

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They’re already sold out for their LIVE performance on November 18th at the Troubadour, Los Angelesbut you can still get a taste of LA based band “Busy Living” right here at Gia On The Move.

Crafting artful, arena sized indie-pop, set against the beat of a post-punk backdrop, LA’s Busy Living are back with new singles produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno that take cues from the likes of Weezer and The Pixies, creating a seamless fusion of futuristic dance elements with pop-centric rock. Their songs are cinematic, landing them several syncs on popular television shows including NCIS, Hawaii 5-0, and Beauty and The Beast.

Comprised of Mike Moonves (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Hutton (bass, vocals), and Matt Leddy (keys, vocals), the Los Angeles based three-piece return with a staggering collection of indie-pop, set to be released later in 2014. Busy Living were recently hand picked to tour with Communion, a multi-city showcase founded by Mumford & Son’s Ben Lovett.

Morgan Riley’s Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys

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As the first country female dance rap song, Country singer Morgan Riley’s single, “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys” on her debut album “Collage” has already been a hit. Now that we finally have it in our collection, we’re spotlighting it as a Wednesday extra here.

LISTEN TO ROWDY SHOUTIN’ COWBOYS NOW:

She’s so adorable! And Riley and her team have decided to take a big step: submitting the “Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboys” single and video for a Grammy! With the tough competition it’s a huge statement.

Check out MorganRileyCountry.com for photos, videos and tour dates when they come up.

Why we’re really featuring her at Gia On The Move:

In addition to all the current buzz Riley has decided to utilize her star platform to raise awareness and provide support for a cause close to her heart: domestic violence.  So she’s teaming up with Bright Star International. As a start, she’ll be partnering with various domestic abuse charities to create real, positive change in the lives of domestic abuse victims.

To learn more visit her website and don’t forget to join her fan club at morganriley.fanbridge.com.

“College” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Spandau Ballet: Soul Boys of the Western World Tour

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Catch Spandau Ballet on Jimmy Kimmel tonight!

Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands today announced their Soul Boys of the Western World Tour.  The tour marks the first time the band will tour North America in nearly 30 years.   All five original members – Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman – will once again captivate fans on this long-awaited and long overdue return. The Soul Boys of the Western World tour will kick off in San Francisco, CA at the famed Warfield Theatre and traverse the continent before winding down in Red Bank, NY at the Count Basie Theatre.

“We are over the moon at rediscovering our friendship and are really looking forward to playing live in the US again,” said Tony Hadley.  “Playing live is what we do best!  The shows will have all the hits and more.”

From their synth pop and dance pioneering early singles To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No. 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On), to the globe trotting smashes True and Gold, Spandau will be playing the hits once again.  With 25 million record sales, 6 multi-platinum albums and 23 hit singles to choose from, this is one of the most eagerly awaited reunions to hit these shores in years.

“We are tremendously excited about coming back to America to perform,” said Gary Kemp.  “We have great memories of our shows there in the 80s and can’t wait re-connect with our amazing fans there.”

Tickets Went On Sale at 10am this morning!  Click the image now for a show near you!

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Last week Spandau Ballet announced they will make their U.S. late night television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight in Los Angeles, CA.  Jimmy Kimmel Live! also marks the first time the band will perform on television in the United States since 1985 when they made an appearance on Soul Train.  Later this week on November 13 Spandau Ballet will stop by Good Day LA for what will surely be a “Throwback Thursday” fans this side of the Atlantic have waited years to see.

In other Spandau Ballet news, the band will show their documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, as part of the DOC NYC film festival in New York City on November 15 at 945PM at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street).  The band and director George Hencken will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A about the film afterwards.  This is their first public appearance in New York City since the 1980s.

Soul Boys of the Western World is a voyage through the 80s in the company of Spandau Ballet, one of the decade’s most iconic bands. This archive-only documentary film tells the story of a group of working-class London lads who created a global music empire, but at a price none of them imagined.  Using the band’s own home movies and showcasing newly discovered material, this film takes us into the heart of the era, and the cultural, political and personal landscape that formed the backdrop to the band’s story.  It is a film that speaks not only to fans of the band or those who harbor nostalgia for the 1980s, but also to anyone who has ever experienced friendship and loss.

Critics rapturously received the film when it world premiered at SXSW film festival earlier this year.  UK and Irish fans got their opportunity to see the film on September 30 when the European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.  This showing was beamed by satellite into over 200 cinemas across both countries along with a Q&A with the band and director George Hencken moderated by Lauren Laverne, followed by a short live performance by the band.

When Norman stepped up front to blow his scripted sax break in “True,” the crowd – which took over the chorus from Hadley and no doubt sang it in pubs up and down these isles in ’83 – received it with the kind of shouts and applause New Yorkers always gave Clarence Clemons when he took his thundering-tenor spotlight in Madison Square Garden for Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland.” The ecstasy in the Albert Hall was that kind of loud.ROLLING STONE

Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979 during another economic depression, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet.  From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s.

Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond.  They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the ‘can do’ spirit of early 80s youth at a time of crisis and upheaval eerily reminiscent of 2009.  Spandau Ballet are both commercially and culturally enormous. 

SPANDAU BALLET’S SOUL BOYS OF THE WESTERN WORLD TOUR DATES 
 
JANUARY
23rd      San Francisco, CA       Warfield Theatre                         On-Sale 11/14
25th      Los Angeles, CA           Wiltern Theatre                           On-Sale 11/14
27th      Denver, CO                   Paramount Theatre                    On-Sale 11/14
30th      Chicago, IL                  House of Blues                            On-Sale 11/14
31st      Detroit, MI                    Masonic Temple Theatre            On-Sale 11/14
FEBRUARY
3rd        Toronto, ONT               Massey Hall                             On-Sale 11/14
5th        Boston, MA                 House of Blues                          On-Sale 11/14
6th        New York, NY               Beacon Theatre                       On-Sale 11/15
7th        Westbury, NY               Theatre at Westbury                On-Sale 11/14
9th        Washington, DC           9:30 Club                                 On-Sale 11/13
10th      Red Bank, NY              Count Basie Theatre                On-Sale 11/14

*All tickets on-sale at 10:00 AM local time

Mike Terry “Red Handed”

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It’s time to get re-acquainted with LA-based singer-songwriter Myke Terry.

After time spent fronting for world-renowned heavy metal band Bury Your Dead, Terry moved west to LA motivated to explore and experiment with a new sound.  Completely revamped towards funk/soul, his solo single “Red Handed” debuted last month off of the forthcoming EP of the same name. The track showcases Terry’s revolutionized sound with Absolute Punk saying that, “the result will appeal to fans of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Justin Timberlake”.

The release serves as a bold new step for Terry with a re-focused mindset leading to a collection of tracks that blend classic 70’s funk alongside subtle, sleek electronic beats. His new, mature approach comes coupled with the singer’s unique life experiences lending to the EP’s natural, emotional depth.

@realmyketerry

 

Crossing Cultural Frontiers: The Voice of Asia Fills Carnegie Hall

by Carlos Stafford, The Model Critic

Photo credit Carla Nur

Photo credit Carla Nur

Music heals, music pierces language, crosses cultural frontiers, and reveals the heart of universalities; like poetry, it builds bridges, like dance, it goes deep within and adds light. In Voice of Asia, The Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra clearly brought all this home with their impassioned  performance at Carnegie Hall.

Hailing from the North of Kazakhstan, the massive group of 144 members filled the hall with magnificent sound, including Kazakh folk songs, delivered in traditional costumes, to offerings from honored modern and canonized composers.

Being their first visit on American soil, we already look forward to their return.

To a filled house, the company offered New York a treat of outstanding musicianship, powerful energy and thrilling song. Crisp and confident, with high professionalism, the newly minted opera company made Kazakhstan proud.  Obviously, if anything can bring the world closer, cross borders, and unify people in a galvanizing moment in time, musical exchange is a likely method.

A case in point would be their offering of Violin Concert in D major by Tchaikovsky.

Performed wonderfully by Erzhan Kulibaev on a Stadivarius Rode made in 1722 (if that instrument could only speak!), played with virtuosic elegance producing rich tones and fluid passages to stunning effect. From speed to delicacy, from attack to control, Mr. Kulibaev’s consummate delivery was nothing short of remarkable. He was ably lead by Conductor Abzal Mukhitdinov, and the equally superb, responsive orchestra.

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Sundet Baygzhin also delivered a great performance with his rich baritone voice in “Largo al factorum,” from The Barber of Seville.  Marching onto the stage Baygzhin immediately captured the fun, fanciful, and difficult aria with total confidence and control– relaxed as a walk in the park.  His well-placed voice boomed through the hall and thoroughly delighted the audience.

A reference point for me for this performance was attending Valentina Kozlova’s International Ballet Competition earlier this year in New York. At the end of that three day event, a Kazakh couple, replete with talent, had medaled in the grueling ordeal which required a certain high quality of spirit and training to impress the watchful eyes of the distinguished panel of judges. I was then introduced to Kazakh talent.

For the most part, the most impressive and awe-inspiring performance, amongst many during the evening, was the choir and symphony’s offering of Borodin’s “Polovtisian Dances” from the opera, Prince Igor.  Already seen various times this last season at the Met, prepared me for the wall of sound and beauty of this singular piece.  I can’t think of any other choral piece to compare with this exotic composition for its power and romance. The singers were remarkable, and created an emotional and transporting experience.

On the lighter side, “Glitter and Be Gay,” (Bernstein) sung by Alfiya Karimova charmed, and “Elijah Rock” performed a capella by a dancing choir added another kind of soul. Offenbach’s “Belle Nuit” Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman, sung with cloud-like sweetness and delicacy, was masterfully delivered by soprano

Aigul Niyazova and mezzo-soprano Dina Khamzina

Highlighting the opening of the program was a perfect introduction for all the delightful surprises that followed–the intense and bold piece that shook the hall was Rakhmadiev’s “Qudasha Duman” (Celebration) that captured feelings of vast wilderness, of flying horsemen, of mythic freedom. We were reminded this is Central Asia after all!  The piece opened the senses, was breathtaking, and combined perfectly with a quiet folklore piece performed later in the program, “Tugan zher” (Motherland) played on the traditional dombyra by Ruslan Baimurzin, that conveyed longing, and a palpable forlorn loneliness.

THE ASTANA OPERA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHAMBER CHOIR
MEDET CHOTABAYEV, Tenor
AIGUL NIYAZOVA, Soprano
DINA KHAMZINA, Mezzo-Soprano
ZHUPAR GABDULLINA, Soprano
SUNDET BAYGOZHIN, Baritone
ALFIYA KARIMOVA, Soprano
ERZHAN KULIBAEV, Violin
RUSLAN BAIMURZIN, Dombyra
GULZHAN MUSTAKHIM, Kobyz
ABZAL MUKHITDINOV, Conductor

Performed on Monday Evening, October 27th, 2014