SOPHIE to play a few shows back in The Old Country this fall

This post was originally published on this site

I would like to take this opportunity to say that I’ve played SOPHIE’s “Is It Cold in the Water?” almost every day since the song revealed itself; the centerpiece of OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES restores my faith in the proposition that one can still employ traditional songwriting techniques in the service of creativity and change. On an album whose strengths rely so strongly on mood, sound design, and the empowering ideals the music lives and breathes, “Is It Cold in the Water?” manages to sneak in a classically-harmonized ecstasy of tension-building cadences and daring melodic leaps, and still somehow sound fresh and not at all out-of-place. If you’re still at all skeptical about the genius of SOPHIE’s full-length debut, give its epic fourth track another listen.

OR, if you’d like to check it out in a more personal way, say with SOPHIE standing right there in a big dark room in front of you, you too are in luck: in addition to to her North American mini-tour we posted about a few weeks back, SOPHIE will be performing in several European cities (and Tel Aviv, Israel) this October. See the full itinerary below:


10.12.18 – Krakow, Poland – Unsound Festival
10.13.18 – Oslo, Norway – Roverstaden
10.14.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
10.15.18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Backdoor
10.17.18 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
10.19.18 – Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen
10.20.18 – Liverpool, UK – 24 Kitchen Street
10.23.18 – London, UK – Fabric
10.27.18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Faded Weekender
10.30.18 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Barby Club

SOPHIE, CupcakKe, Wanda Jackson, JPEGMAFIA and others to join September’s POP Montreal lineup

This post was originally published on this site

Montreal might be the only place in the world I would consider moving to without visiting first. Long, freezing-ass winters, a shady history of questionable Catholic practices, and a three hundred-year-old fort smack dab in the middle of it: no other living-situation prospect warms the nostalgic heart of a Polish expat in North America more.

Plus, the lineup of this year’s POP Montreal, the 17th edition of the city’s non-profit multidisciplinary festival, is looking pretty damn sick; even more so with the recent unveiling of several exciting names as part of the last wave of announcements.

The eclectic final round of programming includes TMT-fav producer SOPHIE, veteran rockabilly-crossover singer Wanda Jackson, Chicago dirty rap sensation CupcakKe, and also a band my older brother likes called Wolf Parade. (Bill Callahan, Zola Jesus, U.S. Girls, and JPEGMAFIA were also added to the bill, to the great joy of thousands of people who know how to use the verb pogner in a sentence.)

Besides music, the extended POP Montreal weekend will feature film screenings (including documentaries about Betty Davies, Lena Platanos, and Joan Jett), assorted talks, panels, workshops, a contemporary art section, an artisinal fair, and even activities for kids.

The festival takes place in the city of Toronto, Canada (just kidding) between September 26 and 30. Check out its full program, all of its artists, and a classic Wanda Jackson song below:

Here Is Your Song Of The Summer 2018

This post was originally published on this site

Song Of The Summer 2018The ballots have been tallied and we have a winner in our annual Song Of The Summer poll. We think you’re gonna like it! … More »

Watch: Charli XCX – “Girls Night Out”

This post was originally published on this site

Charli XCX – “Girls Night Out”

This post was originally published on this site

Charli XCXThe summer of Charli XCX continues. She’s expressed plans to release a new single every month ’til at least October, and the fruits of that plan have been great so far. We got “5 In The Morning” in May and both “Focus” and “No Angel” in June, and today Charli’s unleashing her latest … More »

SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018

This post was originally published on this site

SOPHIE has three more long form projects she wants to release in 2018Debut Sophie

SOPHIE released her debut album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, earlier this year in June, to widespread critical acclaim. Since the record’s release, she’s been looking forward to new music, including a confirmed collaboration with Lady Gaga. In a recent interview with Spanish-language media outlet Mondosonoro, the Scottish singer/songwriter and producer said she has enough music to release – count it – three more long form releases, all of which she hopes to deliver sometime in 2018. But as to whether they’ll be albums or EPs, SOPHIE elaborates,

“A mix. I do not know what a damn album is! The barrier between the EP and the LP is becoming more diffuse, that’s why I can not define it. It is not something that I care about. It will be four releases. This is what I want to do right now.”

SOPHIE is perhaps on one of the most prolific streaks of her career thus far, hot off the heels of a collaboration with GAIKA, “Immigrant Sons (Pesos & Gas).” Beyond that, in an interview with Lenny Letter , SOPHIE also reveals to have work with Bibi Bourelly, Charli XCX, and more on the way.

SOPHIE Has Three More “Albums” Coming This Year

This post was originally published on this site

SophieLast month, SOPHIE released her new album, OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES, and it looks like she has a lot more new music in the pipeline. In a new interview with MondoSonoro, she says that she has her next album finished and plans to release four albums in total before the end … More »

Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

This post was originally published on this site

Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon’s NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe’s more appealing festivals. It isn’t hard for international fests to be more enticing than the ones stateside these days, where lineups have become increasingly repetitive. NOS Alive, like other European festivals, tends to offer something more … More »

SOPHIE confirms forthcoming collaboration with Lady Gaga

This post was originally published on this site

SOPHIE confirms forthcoming collaboration with Lady GagaDebut Sophie

Pop producer SOPHIE has confirmed a long-rumored dream for fans is indeed in the works. While the Scottish artist, whose debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides released in June 2018, has collaborations with artists like Madonna and Charli XCX under her belt, it’s the speculated link-up with Lady Gaga that has had fans anxiously awaiting news. A seemingly super fan is the one who caught the confirmation of the news on camera, which they disseminated through Twitter for all to watch.

While SOPHIE confirms the news that the two are working together, there is no news on a date of release, or confirmation that the music will make it to the public’s ears any time soon. If released, the collaboration would be marked as a monumental moment in time for two leaders of the LGBTQIA community.

H/T: Billboard

SOPHIE Confirms Lady Gaga Collaboration

This post was originally published on this site

2018 has been a busy year for SOPHIE. Last month, she released OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES. Charli XCX and Let’s Eat Grandma recently dropped some excellent SOPHIE-produced tracks. And now, the UK producer has confirmed a forthcoming collaboration with Lady Gaga. More »