i have been eagerly awaiting the new black keys album, brothers, for a while now and it’s finally here! they are one of the few bands that i buy every album they release because i know it will be good – i pretty much wore out their last album, attack & release, from listening to it so often. i love the grungy feel of their music and even though they’re only two dudes they sound like a full band when they perform live, which is pretty impressive. their music is great for driving- it definitely gets you amped up! i’ll put some on when i’m driving down to bonnaroo, where i’ll get to see them play! they’ll be at wakarusa and lollapalooza this summer too, and i’m also seeing them at the river stage at great plaza in philadelphia in july (with the morning benders). i’m sure you’ll hear about it on the blog!
now listen to a couple of new songs (the first two) from brothers and some of my favorites from their past albums – i love their cover of the beatles song “she said, she said.”
good morning! today we have a very special interview with marit larsen, the lovely norwegian singer/songwriter who will be stopping by our brooklyn store for a show this friday! marit rose to fame as half of the pop duo M2M, formed during her teen years with her childhood friend. since then she has been pursuing a solo career and released her second album the chase in october 2008, featuring the single “if a song could get me you” – which you can check out below!
when did you know you wanted to be a singer/songwriter?
when i had written my first song, at age 13.
who are some of the musicians that have inspired you?
to name a few: joni mitchell, fleetwood mac, CSN&Y, rufus wainwright, feist, dixie chicks, rilo kiley.
what is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
an impossible tie between paris and new york city.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
a box of chocolate truffles, a piano and an iPad.
how would you describe your personal style?
i’m very inspired by the 50’s and always on the lookout for the perfect high-waisted, puffy-sleeved, kneelength dress!
what is your motto?
love like there’s no tomorrow.
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
my best friend in oslo, who i haven’t seen in a long time.
if you weren’t a musician, what would you do?
what inspires you on a daily basis?
good books, love, coffee, chocolate and yoga!
what does “free” mean to you?
choosing the life you want to live every day.
now check out the video for “if a song could get me you”…
if you’re in new york, don’t miss her show at our brooklyn store on friday night at 6pm!
fridays are always a little tough at work this time of year, with it being so nice out and so close to the weekend, so what better way to help pass the day than a lunchtime concert? we snuck out today at noon, hopped in the car and made the quick drive over to WXPN for the local natives free at noon show – something the station does every friday at world café live. we were instantly transported from work mode to music mode as we took our seats up in the mezzanine level (thanks xpn!) and let the tunes take over. this band blows me away- they sound better live than on the album and the songs “airplanes” and “who knows who cares” gave me chills. i knew “sun hands” would be amazing live as well and it sure was- they put everything into that song no matter how many times they have played it. this was my first time seeing them live and it definitely will not be the last- i have already got tickets to see them at first unitarian church in philly this august!
in case you couldn’t tell, we here at free people love music festivals. we saw a ton of free people girls at coachella and it definitely got us thinking about ways we can be more involved with festivals in the future. up next is sasquatch, set in a stunningly beautiful gorge in washington state that might have the prettiest stage backdrop i’ve seen yet.
there are always a few select bands making the festival rounds too. this year the XX, the national, phoenix, local natives and black keys seem to be hitting up quite a few. read more for a brief look at what’s coming up this summer and some of the top acts you’ll catch at each festival (although there are really too many to list)!
also make sure you check out our picks for festival fashion right here!
broken social scene is one of those bands that i’ve always respected but haven’t listened to that often – but with their new album, forgiveness rock record, that could be about to change. since the group was founded by members kevin drew and brendan canning (who never left) in 1999, they’ve had over a dozen members at certain points, and the best description of the group that i’ve read is that each of their records is like a snapshot of the band at that moment in time. with forgiveness rock record, the snapshot is of a band that has gradually refined its sound and is older, wiser and better than ever – the arrangements, the vocals, the instruments all mesh together perfectly and it sounds as though they’ve really found their rhythm. the album opener, “world sick” slowly creeps up on you and draws you in, and the rest of the album does not disappoint… you won’t want to stop listening.
marit larsen is a norwegian singer/songwriter about to embark on her initial solo US tour, but first she will be stopping by free people’s backyard in brooklyn to play a little show on friday may 14! back in norway she’s a big star, having been one half of the late 90’s duo M2M, and now having a rather solid solo career over there. she’s adorable and we’re stoked to have her come play for us – stay tuned, we’ll have an interview with marit and more info on the show coming up!
of all the albums coming out this year one of the ones i am most excited about is the national’s high violet. as far as i’m concerned this band can do no wrong – especially led by frontman matt berninger, who’s deep baritone and blue-eyed, sandy-haired good looks are enough to make any girl swoon. i’ve always been fascinated by him, because he’s very private and actually terrified of being on stage, but you’d never know it when you see him perform. their music is slightly melancholy and a good listen when you’re feeling down – and the lyrics are sometimes deeply personal – but i’ve seen them play live and they can rock out and get you dancing during songs like “secret meeting.” their new album comes out may 11th but you can actually stream the entire thing now at nytimes.com. i just listened and now i am itching to get my hands on a copy – it sounds amazing.
i also definitely recommend checking out the documentary about them filmed by vincent moon of la blogotheque, called “a skin, a night.” it’s really beautifully done. in fact, the first music video moon ever filmed was the national’s “daughters of the soho riots,” one of my favorite songs. check it out:
now listen to a couple of their new songs that i’m really digging…