Tennessee folk singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Valerie June performed three songs — ”Workin’ Woman Blues,” ”Rain Dance,” and ”Somebody To Love” — from her debut album entitled Pushin’ Against a Stone for NPR’s music series, Tiny Desk Concert.
When you first hear Valerie’s vocals, the first thing that comes to mind is “That voice is coming out of her?” In a recent interview with NPR she explained her family’s first reaction to her unique, attention-grabbing vocals: “My mom and my grandmother tell me that when I first started talking, I sounded like I had an old man’s voice — they looked around and were like, ‘Where’s that old man coming from?’”
Watch Valerie June’s performance below. [iTunes]
English electronic duo AlunaGeorge discussed touring in America and their hit record “You Know You Like It” with Billboard at the magazine’s New York City studio before hitting the stage. Aluna’s distinct vocals accompanied George’s stripped down arrangement on “You Know You Like It” and “Attracting Flies”—two songs from their debut album, Body Music, which is in stores now.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s interview with Billboard below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” performance below.
Watch AlunaGeorge’s “Attracting Flies” performance below.
Cécile was obviously born in the wrong era, or maybe she’s just a seasoned jazz vocalist in her past life that was sent to this era to bless our ears. The texture of her voice is simply divine. It’s like Betty Carter, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan had a baby. Don’t ask me how three women can have a baby together. I know. That kind logic is out of this world…just like her voice.
Be sure to treat your ears to Cécile’s new, 12-track album entitled WomanChild.
Watch Cécile McLorin Salvant perform “Poor Butterfly” below.
Everyone needs a little jazz in their life.
“The Sound of Miles Davis” is a 26-minute concert that was recorded at New York City’s Studio 61 in 1959 for the CBS program, The Robert Herridge Theater. The legendary trumpeter and composer performed five timeless tunes—”So What,” “The Duke,” “Blues for Pablo,” “New Rhumba,” and “So What (reprise)”—three of which were from his 1957 project, Miles Ahead, while the first and fifth songs were from his then-upcoming, Teo Macero and Irving Townsend-produced album, Kind of Blue. It was released a few months after this performance.
Onstage, Miles was accompanied by his quintet—John Coltrane on tenor and alto saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums—as well as Gil Evans and members of his orchestra. Nothing like timeless music.
Watch “The Sound of Miles Davis” below.
British soulstress Alice Russell, who is gearing up for her upcoming North American tour, gives an acoustic rendition of “I Loved You” from her new album, To Dust.
Watch Alice Russell’s “I Loved You” performance below.
Stream/download “I Loved You” for free below.
Sitting atop a grand piano in her signature ’50s-inspired getup, the lovely songbird Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon turned Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Brain” and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” into broadway tunes on his Late Night show.
By the way, Ariana’s amazing, debut entitled Yours Truly is in stores now.
Watch their performance below.
Wouldn’t it be dope to see some form of entertainment at the laundromat while your clothes are doing its thing on the rinse cycle or be able to hit a two-step while folding them?
Well it happened!
The oh so lovely singer-songwriter Solange and her band turned the Atlantis Super Wash Center in Brooklyn into an all out, neon-hued concert for 150 guests. As part of Fader’s “Uncapped” series, Solange stood on top of a row of washing machines and performed a couple of tunes from Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams, her latest True EP, and fittingly covered Nivea’s 2002 duet with R. Kelly entitled “Laundromat.” This is such a genius idea, but only unique artists can get away with it.
After the concert, Solange sat down with Hot 97′s Miss Info and revealed her future plans,
“I’m not leaving Brooklyn, that is a statement. I am going to live part-time in New Orleans. I’m more so excited about going down to the South again. New Orleans is such a magical city and I’m really excited to explore all of the creative and cultural aspects that it has to offer. It’s going to be nice, but I’m for sure still going to be a Brooklyn girl.
New Orleans is deeply rooted in music, but I feel like, the sonics [of the new album] will be set here in New York. But I’m probably gonna record my vocals there [in New Orleans].
For the full interview, stop by Fader. (The video footage below was captured by True Exclusives).
Watch Solange’s performance of “Losing You” below.
Watch Solange’s performance of “T.O.N.Y.” below.
Watch Solange performs Nivea’s “Laundromat” below.
Rapper, singer-songwriter, and actress Lauryn Hill expressed her love for Stevie Wonder and reminisced about her first time hearing his classic, 1976 record, “Isn’t She Lovely,” before giving an impromptu rendition for BBC2′s Soul Night segment, Soul Talking, in August 1998. That same month she dropped her, now iconic, debut album entitled The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Watch Lauryn Hill’s interview and performance below.