Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock in Roll Hall of Fame has induction awards every year.  But they don't happen always in Cleveland.  They are broken down to also between Los Angles, Cleveland and New York City.


Ace Frehley of KISS

So every third year it happens in Cleveland.  This year the ceremony was in New York at the Barclay Center, located in Brookyln.
Bonnie Raitt
 This year Inductee werePeter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band, Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham.

And the person who are intruducting them  are Chris Martin, Glenn Frey, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Asher, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Tom Morello and Sheryl Crow.


Carrie Underwood
And the person who are intruducting them are Chris Martin, Glenn Frey, Michael Stipe, Questlove, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Asher, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Tom Morello and Sheryl Crow.
Daryl Hall and John Oates of Hall and Oates
  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It is dedicated to archiving the history of some of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers and others who have, in some major way, influenced the music industry. The museum is part of the city's redeveloped North Coast Harbor.
E Street Band

 Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

Gene Simmons of Kiss

Glenn Frey

Kiss

Michael Stipe

Paul Stanley of Kiss

Peter Asher

Peter Cris of Kiss

Peter Gabriel

Questlove

Sheryl Crow

St. Vincent

Stevie Nicks

Youssou N'Dour and Peter Asher
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

American Idol Live! 2014 Tour, #Chicago Stop at Ravinia Festival


American Idol Live! 2014

American Idol® Live! 2014 Tour 41-Show Tour Kicking Off Tuesday, June 24, In Binghamton, NY
Tickets On Sale Nationwide Beginning Friday, May 9, at AmericanIdol.com/tour
$1 From Every Ticket Donated To The Melanoma Research Alliance

No other show in TV history has proven to be a force like AMERICAN IDOL®. Fans of the hit series can see this season's talented Top Ten Finalists live when the AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! tour returns this summer. 19 Entertainment announced today the 41-show concert tour launches Tuesday, June 24, in Binghamton, NY, and stops in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping in Redmond, WA, on Saturday, August 23. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, May 9, via www.AmericanIdol.com/tour.

Once again, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! has partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance (www.curemelanoma.org). For every ticket purchased for the tour, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will donate $1 to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma.

AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 13 Finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf.

The AMERICAN IDOL XIII Season Finale will air Tuesday, May 20, (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) and Wednesday, May 21, (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX, before this season's Top Ten finalists continue on to the 2014 Live! tour this summer. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover and many more.

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! 2014 Tour Dates:

DATE              CITY                                        VENUE
  • 6/24/14            Binghamton, NY                     Broome County Arena
  • 6/25/14            Albany, NY                              Times Union Center
  • 6/27/14            Windsor, ON                           The Colosseum at Caesars
  • 6/28/14            Orillia, ON                               Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
  • 6/29/14            Syracuse, NY                         Oncenter Complex
  • 7/1/14              Highland Park, IL                    Ravinia Festival
  • 7/3/14              Cincinnati, OH                        Horseshoe Cincinnati
  • 7/5/14              Mashantucket, CT                  Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • 7/6/14              Vienna, VA                              Wolf Trap
  • 7/8/14              West Long Branch, NJ           The MAC at Monmouth University
  • 7/9/14              Boston, MA                             Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
  • 7/11/14            Uniondale, NY                         Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • 7/12/14            Bethlehem, PA                        Sands Bethlehem Event Center
  • 7/13/14            Durham, NC                           Durham Performing Arts Center
  • 7/15/14            Philadelphia, PA                      Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • 7/17/14            Sarasota, FL                           Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  • 7/18/14            Clearwater, FL                        Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • 7/19/14            Ft. Lauderdale, FL                   Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • 7/20/14            Saint Augustine, FL                 Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
  • 7/22/14            Greenville, SC                        Peace Center Concert Hall
  • 7/24/14            Alpharetta, GA                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
  • 7/25/14            New Orleans, LA                    Saenger Theatre
  • 7/26/14            Birmingham, AL                      BJCC Concert Hall
  • 7/28/14            San Antonio, TX                      Majestic Theatre
  • 7/29/14            Grand Prairie, TX                    Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
  • 7/30/14            Tulsa, OK                                Brady Theater
  • 8/1/14              Kansas City, MO                    Midland Theatre
  • 8/2/14              Mulvane, KS                           Kansas Star Casino
  • 8/3/14              Council Bluffs, IA                    Harrah's Ballroom
  • 8/6/14              Indianapolis, IN                       Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum
  • 8/7/14              Mt. Pleasant, MI                      Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
  • 8/8/14              Springfield, IL                          Illinois State Fair
  • 8/9/14              Prior Lake, MN                       Mystic Lake Casino
  • 8/11/14            Broomfield, CO                       1STBANK Center
  • 8/13/14            Phoenix, AZ                            Comerica Theatre
  • 8/14/14            Los Angeles, CA                     Greek Theatre
  • 8/16/14            Indio, CA                                 Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
  • 8/17/14            San Jose, CA                          City National Civic
  • 8/20/14            Jacksonville, OR                    Britt Pavilion
  • 8/21/14            Portland, OR                           Theater Of The Clouds at The Moda Center
  • 8/23/14            Redmond, WA                        Marymoor Park


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RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 19th!

WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND AFFILIATED LABELS ANNOUNCE
EXCLUSIVE T_SHIRTS AND VINYL PACKAGES FROM GREEN DAY, THE FLAMING LIPS, FOALS, JAY Z AND LINKIN PARK, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, MASTODON, NEIL YOUNG, REGINA SPEKTOR AND THE WILD FEATHERS

SPECIAL EVENTS, CONCERTS AND HAPPENINGS ARE PLANNED FOR RSD 2014



April 16, 2014 - (Burbank, CA.) - Warner Bros. Records, an official sponsor of Record Store Day would like to remind you that everybody's favorite Holiday is this Saturday, April 19th.
As you know, Record Store Day is a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 1,000 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

As a reminder, we feel that's it's our civic duty to remind you of what Warner Bros. Records has literally in-store for you. In addition to our usual menu of  "Must Own" vinyl curios, prized artifacts  and aural rarities, we are thrilled to expand our product line to include new, limited T-shirt designs to celebrate RSD in style.  Descriptions of  available items, if you please:

Green Day: Demolicious - Colored double vinyl, CD, Cassette
This special edition release features 18 unreleased demo recordings from the Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos! and Green Day ¡Tré! sessions at Jingletown Studios in Oakland. Demolicious includes one previously unreleased song "State of Shock" and an acoustic version of "Stay the Night." Now for the 1st time, own this special edition compilation on red or clear vinyl, CD, or cassette.

The Flaming Lips: 7 SKIES H3 - Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight clear vinyl 12" - Limited to 7.500 copies
On vinyl for the first time ever. A 50 minute distillation across 10 tracks of the remarkable 24-hour song recorded at Tarbox Road Studios in 2011. Includes digital download card.

The Flaming Lips: Gates Of Steel - Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight silver vinyl 7" - Limited to 7,500 copies
Part of the WMG's Side By Side series. Includes Devo's "Gates of Steel" from the original
DEV-O Live EP and a previously unreleased cover by The Flaming Lips all on gorgeous silver vinyl! R.I.P. Bob 2. This is for you, wherever you are.


The Flaming Lips: Reprint of Vintage T-shirt Design by Wayne Coyne - Record Store Day Exclusive. Click here to view.
FoalsLive at the Royal Albert Hall- Single-pocket jacket, regular-weight vinyl 12" - Limited to 3,000 copies
8 tracks recorded from Foals' sold out performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Side A includes "Blue Blood," "Providence," "Spanish Sahara," and "Red Socks Pugie." Side B includes "Milk & Black Spiders," "Late Night," "Inhaler," "Two Steps, Twice."
Additionally, this package includes digital download card with 2 exclusive bonus tracks: "My Number" (DZM Remix) and "Late Night" (Chad Valley Remix).

Jay Z / Linkin Park: Collision Course - Colored Transparent Blue vinyl
Originally released on November 30th, 2004, this is a reissue of the extremely powerful collaborative studio recordings between Linkin Park and hip-hop legend Jay-Z. This special edition blue vinyl pressing includes a DVD of a once in a lifetime concert featuring both of these music giants.

LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem "Live at Madison Square Garden" - 5 LP Set with download card - Limited to 3,000 units
The Long Goodbye is the complete, unabridged recording of LCD Soundsystem's near-four-hour April 2, 2011 farewell show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Produced and mixed by LCD founder and frontman, James Murphy. The Long Goodbye is the ultimate audio document of LCD Soundsystem's now legendary final show. The album's exclusive mix brings new life to every note of music played during the epic MSG show- including of course the performances featured in the acclaimed film, Shut Up and Play The Hits, which chronicled the concert by painting an intimate portrait of Murphy navigating its lead-up and aftermath. This special box set will be released exclusively on Record Store Day 2014 over a month before it is available anywhere else.

Mastodon: Live At Brixton - 2 -LP, 180 gram vinyl w/ DVD Limited to 2,000 units
On February 11th, 2012, Mastodon took the stage at London's O2 Academy in Brixton, capping off the Atlanta-based band's world tour in support of their critically acclaimed album The Hunter. This sold-out performance was Mastodon's first show at the legendary Brixton venue. It won't be their last, as the London audience positively erupted from the opening chords until the final, frenzied encore. This special 180-gram vinyl pressing is the only physical version of this special show and includes a DVD of the entire performance.  

My Chemical Romance: My Chemical Romance New Jersey T-shirt 2001 - 2013 - Record Store Day Exclusive. Click here to view.

Neil Young: Official Release Series Discs 5-8 Vinyl Box Set; 4-LP, 180-gram black vinyl in reproduction jackets housed in telescoping box.Limited to 3,500 units
This limited edition box set includes the classic albums:  Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight's The Night and Zuma, each remastered from the original analog studio recordings at Bernie Grundman Mastering. The artwork is a historically accurate reproduction by Young's long-time art director, Gary Burden. These classics are being reissued on 180-gram audiophile vinyl for the first time and pressed at the world's premiere pressing plant, Pallas MFG Germany.

Neil Young: Four Different Classic Album Cover T-shirts
To coincide with this highly anticipated set of vinyl reissues, we have printed a special run of T-shirts designs featuring the cover art from Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight's The Night, and Zuma.

Regina Spektor: You've Got Time - Colored Orange 7inch Vinyl - Limited to 3,000 units
"You've Got Time" is the theme song for the Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black. Produced by Rob Cavallo, "You've Got Time" was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award. Side B of this limited edition 7inch includes "Call Them Brothers," featuring Only Son. This record will be pressed on orange vinyl and is limited to 3,000 copies.

Tegan And Sara: New T-shirt design - "They Love They Say" - Record Store Day Exclusive.
Click here to view.   

The Wild Feathers: - "Got It Wrong" (Clearmountain Mix) / "Marie" 7 inch single Limited to 2,000 units
This special vinyl pressing features 2 singles by The Wild Feathers. Side A features current radio single "Got It Wrong" off of the band's self-titled debut album. Side B features a previously unreleased song called, "Marie." Both songs were produced and recorded by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Cage the Elephant, Amos Lee) at his studio in Nashville, TN.

The Wild Feathers: New T-shirt design. Click here to view. 

Eric Clapton: - New T-Shirt Design - EC Red Square August 3, 2006 - Record Store Day Exclusive.
On August 2, 2006, Clapton was scheduled to perform for a massive audience in Moscow's Red Square. At the last moment, the show was cancelled. Click here to view.

Vinyl Is Forever T-Shirt: New T-Shirt Design - Vinyl Is Forever - Record Store Day Exclusive.
Click here to view.

Vinyl Love T-Shirt: New T-Shirt Design - Vinyl Love - Record Store Day Exclusive.
Click here to view.

Once you've sated yourselves into vinyl bliss, we have a few very cool events planned from some of our favorite artist in some of our favorite shops (or venues) around the country on April 19th, and you're all invited:

NONONO - Acoustic Performance & Signing
21 N Post RD, Indianapolis, IN. 46254

Gemini Syndrome  - Acoustic Performance & Signing
3322 82nd Street, Lubbock, Texas  79423           

SKATERS - Electric Performance & Signing
3017 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR  - Headline show
318 W 4th St , Royal Oak, MI 48067

About Record Store Day:
Record Store Day is managed by the Department of Record Stores and organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), celebrating the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.

For more about Record Store Day in Chicago, please visit Recordstoreday




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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Rock Mojoe's

The REVOLVER HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK Tour Headed back to Chicago.

Photos and story by Dan Locke


The country was suffering from unprecedented sub-zero conditions, but the REVOLVER Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour came to Mojoe's in Joliet, Ill. heated up our winter.  This was the world’s first and only heavy metal and hard rock tour featuring today’s hottest female-driven artists is back and set to stop in 20 U.S. markets during February and March. Headlining the tour is Los Angeles-via-Australia’s Billboard-chart topping rockers Sick Puppies, Italian melodic metal front-runners Lacuna Coil, Arizona rock/metal outfit Eyes Set To Kill, and New York rock newcomers Cilver.
Crowd




          Sick Puppies



                                   Cilver



           Eyes Set To Kill



                                 Lacuna Coil
The REVOLVER Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour was sponsored by High River Sauces, LP Media Consulting, Outerloop Management, Capitol Records, Century Media Records, Drill Down Entertainment, ReverbNation, Live Nation, House of Blues, and Vivogig.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gemini Syndrome Review from Mojoe's

Gemini Syndrome -Mojoe's, Joliet, IL
February 16, 2014

By:
 Jenafur Schlangen

Prior to the show and at an upscale restaurant across the street from the venue, I sat down with Gemini Syndrome, lead vocalist, Aaron Nordstrom and asked him what I should expect from him and his band's performance set to take place in just a couple of short hours. Aaron, who has an extreme presence about him, including very tall stature, long bleach blonde hair and beard, facial piercings, and a sort of stare that could burn straight through your soul, sipped his vodka/Sprite® and in a very soft-spoken voice, he said simply, "PURE ENERGY." Nice! A Chicagoland native now living the warm life in Los Angeles, we had the chance to speak for about a half hour. He told me about life in L.A. and his past experience as the guitarist for Otep. He told me that it was Otep that provided him with the experience of being a professional, yet it is Gemini Syndrome that presented him with the opportunity of being a front man. He was guinely enthusiastic when he spoke about how much he appreciated the role and everything that comes along with it, saying sincerely, "I really like touring. I like meeting with the media and doing interviews. That's what being a front man is all about....being the face and the voice of the band. I especially like talking to the fans and meeting them at the merchandise area after shows. There can never be too many opportunities to meet people and I never get sick of it. " All around nice guy? YES, indeed.
After heading into the venue and checking out the first band, Emphatic, it was now time for Gemini Syndrome to begin their set. It was then, and in standard rock concert fashion, the lights went dark and the stage was barely lit. Then, out of nowhere, BAM! Loud as hell, yet clear as a bell, I feel the bass in my chest as I witness this shy dude claim a Jesus-like stance and basically command ownership over the attention of people who came to see them with his vocal energy. Pure energy? Um....YES please. The song I was witnessing first was the band's title song of their Warner Brother's debut album, "Lux." There were nine more songs to follow and this band never lost momentum.
I would venture to say that it is clear that Gemini Syndrome is influenced by bands such as Tool, A Perfect Circle, and maybe a little Sevendust thrown in there however, Aaron has quite a unique quality to his vocals and should not mistaken for anyone but his own. In addition, the band is tight and most certainly explosive as to their energy level and ability to rile their audience. And the best part is that, unlike their influences, they are relatively new to the scene and can only continue to amaze in their long future.
This current tour will end at the end of February 2014, but I am positive you can count on another tour in the coming months. If and when you do, make sure to try and make it out to see them. You won't be disappointed.
Complete Set-list:
Lux

Pleasure and Pain

Syndrome

Basement

Left of Me

Falling Apart

Mourning Star

Resurrection

Pay for this

Stardust
 
 
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Luísa Maita Coming to the Mayne Stage

Luísa Maita Biography



Since the moment she was born on April 27, 1982 in the Bela Vista neighborhood of São Paulo, Luísa Taubkin Maita has been surrounded by music. In fact, it was a love of music that brought her parents together, helping them cross the divide of their different family backgrounds. Luísa's father, Amado Maita, was a working class musician of Syrian Muslim roots and her mother, Myriam Taubkin, came from a wealthy family of European Jewish heritage, and has been an important concert producer and cultural advocate for over thirty years.

The diversity at home was reflected in the ethnically mixed neighborhood where Luísa spent her early childhood. Affectionately known as Bexiga, the area is home to Italian and Arab immigrants living alongside migrants from Brazil's musically rich northeast. A microcosm of Brazil's history of cultural fusion, Bexiga is famous for its bustling energy, food and music, and it is home to Vai-Vai, São Paulo's most traditional samba school.

Luísa's father owned a parking lot in the neighborhood, and he spent his days in the lot office strumming on the guitar, writing songs, playing cards, smoking, drinking and receiving his many friends. A beloved and gregarious character, Amado had released an album in 1971 that is now considered a coveted holy grail for European and Japanese vinyl collectors. His passion for Brazilian music is reflected in the decision to name his three daughters after songs composed by bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim (Luísa is named after the classic song "Ana Luísa").

Even after the family moved to a small ranch on the southeastern part of São Paulo in search of a more peaceful place to raise their kids, Luísa's home was constantly filled with visiting musicians, who came to hang out and jam with her parents. "My father had a lot of musician friends who liked him a lot," remembers Luísa. "He was very good at uniting people. They’d visit him, fall in love with the ranch, and then they’d move in. Soon the place was filled with my father’s friends, among them some great musicians."

Luísa sang a lot as a child. "My father liked to play for us, he loved the fact that my sister Teresa and I could sing in tune, and I’ve been singing all his songs and samba and bossa nova standards since I was very little." They even recorded advertising jingles professionally starting at the age of seven, including some political campaign songs that became quite famous across Brazil at the time.

Luísa was exposed at a very young age to the greats of Brazilian samba, bossa nova and jazz, and the music of legends such as João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Nana Caymmi, Vinicius de Moraes, Milton Nascimento, Edu Lobo and Baden Powell provided a constant life soundtrack. As with so many Brazilian artists before her, the rhythms and energy of samba provides an essential underpinning. "The dance, the instruments, the tunes, the percussion, the body language, everything in samba influenced me a lot," notes Luísa. The more relaxed elegance of bossa nova is also a clear inspiration to Luísa's sound. "I love bossa nova, its silence, its sensuality, its vocal expression and aesthetics. It has a certain aura of peace that’s very clear in my music."

Luísa was also enamored with American music, especially the laid back jazz of Billie Holiday and Chet Baker and the funky soul and pop of Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder. "Because of my schoolmates, I began to listen to the music that played on the radio. I also loved to go out to dance. So I heard a lot of music from the 80’s and 90’s, Brazilian music and foreign music."

Another aspect of her childhood that was very important to Luísa was her mother's Jewish family. "My grandfather was a religious man; he used to organize Jewish celebrations, and I remember my grandmother singing traditional Jewish songs for me. My mother’s family lived in Jardim Europa, a wealthy neighborhood in São Paulo. I went to upper-class Jewish schools until I was 13. And that experience marked me too." 

Luísa's parents divorced when she was a teenager. Her mother married a farmer and moved with the children to a rural area in the state of Minais Gerais. Surrounded by nature, Luísa developed an appreciation for the natural world and was exposed to a completely different lifestyle from the sprawling urbanity of São Paulo. By the time she was seventeen, however, the city life was calling to her again, and Luísa moved back to São Paulo.

Luísa started working at her uncle Benjamin Taubkin's record label, helping to sell CDs at concerts and generally learning the ropes of the music business. It was at her uncle's office that she met producer and musician Morris Picciotto (who now goes by the name Dr. Morris) and after taking some guitar lessons with him they began to perform together in local bars. Another uncle, Daniel Taubkin, invited Luísa to sing with his group, and Luísa was also making an impression as the vocalist for the group Urbanda, who released an album in 2003.

In 2006, the Brazilian singer Virginia Rosa recorded two of Luísa's compositions, and in 2009 popular singer Mariana Aydar's version of a song co-written by Luísa and frequent collaborator Rodrigo Campos was selected as "Song of the Year" by Rolling Stone Brazil magazine. Luísa was also the featured vocalist on a widely-viewed promotional video directed by acclaimed filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (City of God) that was used in Rio's successful bid for the 2016 Olympics. While these projects kept her active and greatly expanded her profile on the national scene, Luísa was still seeking her own voice.

She assembled a new band to perform songs by songwriters whose work had played an important part in her life. After a series of six gigs, she still wasn't totally content with the musical direction. "At this point, I wasn’t certain if I should go on singing, if that was my thing or not. I went through weeks and weeks of questioning and doubt. It was then that I decided to stop, try to answer these questions, and begin to develop my own new approach. It took a lot of courage to understand what was going on and where I wanted to go. I began to write new songs, songs that expressed my feelings, what I wanted to say, to whom I wanted to say it—a new sound, with my personality, with my look."

Thus began the process of recording her first solo album. Working with frequent collaborator Rodrigo Campos and producer Paulo Lepetit, the album took two years to complete and was recorded with limited resources and lots of volunteer hours by the musicians involved. Using the off hours when Lepetit's studio was not being contracted, they focused on perfection, recording songs over and over again until they were happy with them. "That was an important learning process, not to be satisfied with something that doesn’t really expresses what I wanted to say through my art," states Luísa. "That’s why this album is so precious to me. It really represents my thoughts about music and the struggle to find this expression."

Luísa's demos were given to head of the independent record label Cumbancha by Béco Dranoff, a respected Brazilian producer who was the driving force behind a legendary series of albums for the Red Hot Organization, and who helped popularize the work of artists such as Bebel Gilberto and Bossacucanova through Ziguiriboom, the label he co-founded in 1998. As it happens, Cumbancha president Jacob Edgar was a longtime friend of Luísa's uncle, Benjamin Taubkin, but he had no idea his old friend's niece was such an amazing talent. From the moment he heard the first notes of Lero-Lero, Edgar knew Luísa was the perfect fit for the label's Cumbancha Discovery line, which seeks to introduce exceptional new artists to a wider global audience.

The result of these efforts is Lero-Lero, an album with a relaxed yet energizing spirit that reflects Luísa's personal artistic expression and outlook. With obvious allegiances to Brazilian samba and bossa nova, the songs on Lero-Lero also capture the influences of jazz, pop, soul and electronica that have captivated Luísa on her life's journey so far. Luísa credits the inspiration for the album to her native city, its neighborhoods and its people. "The lyrics and the aura of the album focus on the peculiarities of Brazilian daily life, culture and human condition. That really inspires, fascinates, interests and moves me. And I think the album transmits these feelings. The album travels through themes that encourage Brazilians to wake up to a new life: dreams; passion; labor; the struggle for peace; interior acceptance."

In a country overflowing with musical accomplishment, Luísa Maita demonstrates with Lero-Lero that she has the talent to rise above the fray and make a mark as one of Brazil's most promising new singers.



She appears at Mayne Stage on April 5 2014
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