Show Review // Katie Herzig & Amy Stroup

17 Apr

Hey there everyone! I went to a wonderful show last weekend. I’ve gone to a couple shows since arriving in Portland (It’s not a myth you guys. Portland is real. And it’s just like Portlandia) but I haven’t had much time to update the blog. I’m going to change that though. So many cool and exciting music things happening right now. ANYWAY… The show was at a super cool place right on Burnside, Doug Fir Lounge. Just an eight minute bike ride from home, it was extremely convenient to get to. It is a super rad underground (literally) venue that hosts a variety of live performances almost every night. The walls have tree rings and it feels like you are sipping your drink whilst listening/watching to music IN a tree (Doug Fir, get it?).


Singer/Songwriter Amy Stroup opened the show with a rocking tune complete with heys and catchy ohhs. ‘Finally Found Our Way’ is also the first track on her new record entitled Tunnel. As I write this, I am listening to it. Honestly, Tunnel and Ingrid Michaelson’s new record Lights Out have been on repeat for a few days. I had not listened to her stuff before the show and it was a pleasant surprise. Such a talent. Her sweet voice packed the ballads with an emotional punch. Don’t let that fool you though. She brings her rock songs to life. dancing. guitar shredding and dancing. Also, throwing a copy of Tunnel, recorded on tape, into the crowd. She was great. She is one of the sweetest humans. If you enjoy people like Katie Costello, Lelia Broussard, or Bess Rogers, you will enjoy Amy’s tunes. Also, she is Sugar of the band Sugar & The Hi Lows.























Katie Herzig was such a treat. This was my first time seeing her live. Her new record, Walk Through Walls, was released last Tuesday. She played a bunch of new songs from the record while also throwing in a few of her staple oldies. It  was a great show. Katie  has a very unique and interesting sound. It’s really hard to explain what it sounds like – pop,electronic,dancable, beautiful… Her set was a big party on stage! She had a stellar band that included drums, synths, guitar, keyboard, and CELLO! I’m a sucker for strings.She has such a power to her voice. When she sang ‘Forgiveness’, it was awe-inspiring. Katie Herzig has talent emanating from her entire being. It was such a wonderful experience to see/hear the brand new tunes performed and she was very grateful and excited to share them with us. ‘Hey Na Na’ had the audience laughing and dancing along. Everyone sang along to ‘Lost And Found’ and it was one of the coolest moment. I am so glad I got to see Katie. She has been playing in my ears forever and it was cool to see her perform. Despite my awkwardness when she signed my CD for me, I had one of the greatest night. Ever.











The VIP of the night goes to Jordan Hamlin. She is a crazy talented human playing in Katie Herzig’s touring band. She also plays with Vienna Teng and that is when I first witnessed her greatness. She is a jack-of-all trades instrument-wise. Electronic drum pad. Synth. Vocals. Clarinet. French Horn. Guitar. She played them all. She is a total rock star. She is this former marching band nerd’s hero.













Both Katie and Amy had new records released recently. You can grab copies of the on iTunes / Amazon or go to your local music selling establishment.


New Music Tuesday: The Blessed Unrest – Sara Bareilles

16 Jul

Sara Bareilles has released her third full-length record entitled The Blessed Unrest (pronounced blest). In contrast to her previous records Little Voice (Love Song, Gravity, Fairytale) and Kaleidoscope Heart (King of Anything, Gonna Get Over You, Uncharted), this record displays a different sound for Sara’s music. Despite the more experimental and electronic sounds (think Radiohead, or St. Vincent) of ‘Satellite Call’ and ‘Cassiopeia’,  Sara’s familiar soulful voice and heart-felt lyrics shine through. The tracks on this record seem more philosophical, existential, and darker than her previous records. The songs have themes of mortality, loss, and strength.  There are also some catchy and cute love songs like the adorable ‘I Choose You’, and the get up off your feet and dance, ‘Little Black Dress’. This record has a song for everyone; every Sara Bareilles fan I’ve talked to have embraced the new sound. Personally, I have fallen in love with the song ‘Chasing The Sun’. It has been added to my list of top favorite songs… EVER. iTunes streamed the record a week before it’s release and it has been on repeat for a week. I love it and I know you will too. Here, take a listen. I promise you’ll love it.


here is my favorite track on the record:


preview all the tracks here:

Purchase: iTunes.  Amazon.

Or a physical copy at any store where cds are sold (Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, Fye)


Everyone Is Gay…HOORAY!

3 Jul

You’ve seen it in the news. The Supreme Court recently deemed DOMA unconstitutional, and many people around the country rejoiced. One step closer to equal rights for ALL humans! Following this ruling, and the celebrations on Pride Day, A Great Big World released the official music video for their song ‘Everyone Is Gay’ (previously, ‘Somewhere In The Middle’). The video is catchiest and most adorable gay pride anthem that I’ve seen and I thought I’d share it with you!



Show Announcement // Kristen Errett: StageIt album release show!

21 May


The lovely Kristin Errett will be performing a live show on StageIt. It is celebrating the iTunes release of her debut album, ‘Confessions of a Songbird’.  It is pay what you can, so you can get a ticket for as little as 10 cents! She puts on Stageit shows regularly and is such a great artist to watch/listen to. It will be a treat for you ears. Go get your ticket now before they sell out!



Who: Kristin Errett

What: Stageit live show // iTunes Release Party

when: Tuesday, May 20th @ 7pm EST


click here to buy tickets!






Show Review // Sara Bareilles: I Just Want You

13 May

Hey readers! (or well… Anna & maybe 5 other people if I’m lucky. haha)

Sara Bareilles is in the middle of her Brave Enough Tour. She is traveling the country (and Canada) playing solo- just her, some guitars, a ukulele, a piano, and a harmonium  It’s been a great treat for everyone who can make it out to a show. This is not really a show review… but rather, a ‘new’ song introduction. When she was in Boston, Sara played one of my favorites of her unreleased tracks. It’s beautiful, and I thought I would share it with you. I’m sorry the video quality is terrible; I was zoomed in. The audio is great though!






Music Video // Laura Jansen: Queen of Elba

6 Mar

Hi everyone! Laura Jansen has released her official music video for the song ‘Queen Of Elba’


Show Announcement: Kristin Errett on Stageit!

2 Mar

Happy Saturday! Here’s a little show announcement for you all. The lovely Kristin Errett will be performing a live show on Stageit. It is pay what you can, so you can get a ticket for as little as 10 cents! She puts on Stageit shows regularly and is such a great artist to watch/listen to. Go get your ticket now before they sell out!


who: Kristin Errett

what: Stageit live show

when: Monday, March 11th @ 7pm EST


click here to buy tickets!