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Listen to Lorraine "When I Return To The World"

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After a couple of false starts, Norwegian trio Lorraine is shooting once again for international success with their excellent new single "When I Return To The World" that will be released in the U.K. on May 19. The song is taken from the group's long-awaiting debut album, tentatively titled "Pop Noir," that is scheduled for release this summer.

Hailing from Bergen, Norway, Lorraine are Ole Gunnar Gundersen (vocals), Anders Winsents (guitar) and Paal Myran Haaland (keyboards, programming). They first hit the European music scene in 2003 with songs like "Perfect Cure" and "Echoes," followed more recent work such as "Italian Girlfriend" and "Transatlantic Flight." After parting way with Columbia Records, they now have a deal with Waterfall Records UK to bring  their music to the masses. Their influences include Depeche Mode, a-ha, Pet Shop Boys and New Order.

"When I Return To The World" is an epic slice of '80s inspired pop-rock that is interspersed with the sound of Indian sitars that gives it a timeless and exotic flavor. The single is backed with a brand new track 'Beyond Sky', plus a remix package from current club darlings The Camel Rider and Manhattan Clique.

April 30, 2008 in Lorraine | Permalink | Comments (2)

Be Janelle Monáe's Guest at The Key Club Next Week

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ArjanWrites.com is giving away no less than 5 pairs of tickets to Janelle Monáe's showcase on May 6 at The Key Club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood that is hosted by Sean Combs. Monae is stirring up a storm and this is the place you'll wanna be to see this new phenomenon do her thing. Seeing is believing. And since this is one of her first engagements on the West Coast you will surely hang among some A-list celebs and industry peeps.

Submit your name in the drawing after the jump and I will pick 5 winners from the entries next week. Your name will be added to Ms. Monáe's guest list for the show next week.

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Register to win a ticket to see Jannel Monae perform at the Key Club in West Hollywood on November 6. Winners will be drawn randomly from submitted entries and will be notified on May 5.





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April 30, 2008 in Janelle Monae | Permalink | Comments (1)

A Look at the Coachella Music Festival 2008

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Work kept me on the East coast this weekend, but my buddy Kevin made it to Coachella this year. Packed with his big lens and photo credentials, he got up close and personal with the performers (and even backstage in the trailer area). See, feel and smell a little bit of Coachella after the jump. (And yes, that's British model Agyness Deyn on the polaroid.)

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Goldfrapp

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Tegan & Sara

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Vampire Weekend

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Yelle

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Yelle

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M.I.A.

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Prince

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Sia

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Agyness Deyn

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Mojave Tent

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Big Boo

April 29, 2008 in Photos | Permalink | Comments (1)

Free Download: Heloise & The Savoir Faire "Downtown"

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Creating a mesh of late-70’s disco-infused dance punk and 80’s synth-pop, newcomers Heloise & The Savoir Faire might remind you of Scissor Sisters, Glass Candy and perhaps even The Gossip. The group is fronted by the charismatic Heloise Williams and backed by two dancers (Joe Shepard and Sara Sweet Rabidoux) and full band (James Bellizia on guitar, Luke Hughett on drums and Jason Diamond on bass).

In a recent press interview, Heloise explains that the group came about in a quest for fun and entertainment. "We like to create a spectacle. We try to create a whole sensory experience, not just one for your ears," she explains. "Also, a lot of the songs have a strong narrative component. It’s not like we’re acting them out, but we try to give the songs an element of drama."

After stirring up a storm playing the New York underground circuit for a couple of years, the band finally got noted by actor Elijah Wood who signed the band to his own recording label Simian Records, which is a joint venture with indie label Yep Roc. "I met Elijah about 3 years ago through a friend. Elijah’s a huge music fan, so we got along really well," Heloise says. "Then he came to see the band, and he really liked it. A year or so after that, we were trying to figure out the whole record deal situation, and we had a near miss signing with a label—not a great experience. Then Elijah said, 'Why don’t I put your record out?' I couldn’t believe it at the time, but now it’s really happening."

Check out a totally guilt-free MP3 download of the group's bouncy "Downtown" that features a cameo by none other than '80s icon Debbie Harry. The song is taken from group's debut album "Trash, Rats & Microphones" that is out on Tuesday. (MP3 courtesy of Yep Roc Records)

Download Heloise & The Savoir Faire "Downtown"

April 28, 2008 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (0)

In Concert: Janelle Monáe Performs at Darfur Now College Tour

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Seeing Janelle Monáe perform is like watching a firecracker ignite on stage. All that energy and all that star power packed into one stylish package is truly dynamite.

This little seismic powerhouse brought down the house on Friday night when she performed at the Emory University campus as part of the Darfur Now College Tour together with artists like Novel, Anthony David and the one and only Spree Wilson. The tour aims to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur while simultaneously promoting a new documentary, titled Darfur Now, which will be available on DVD May 27.

I have no doubt Monáe is going to be topping the charts very soon. Not only does the Kansas native have that undefinable "it" quality that stars are made of, she also serves up a fresh, genre-blurring style that people are craving right now. She's is like James Brown, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Andre 3000 rolled into one, and seeing that all play out live on stage is thrilling. (Get a taste of it here.)

Attended by only a few dozen people, Monáe played a short set that featured songs from her forthcoming big label debut "Metropolis Suite 1: The Chase" including the single “Violet Stars Happy Hunting" and the intensely personal “Sincerely Jane,” a song she also performed with the Atlanta Ballet two weekends back.

Monáe is also emerging as a budding style icon performing dressed in her signature look consisting of waist-high, straight legged pants, miniature bow tie and black and white saddle shoes. Very vintage. Look out for the release of Janelle Monáe's debut album on June 24.

(Thanks to the lovely Ms. Amelia for letting me borrow her camera and roll over the floor with it.)

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April 27, 2008 in Concert Review, Janelle Monae | Permalink | Comments (1)