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By Mary Chang
on Sunday, 28th September 2014 at 10:00 am
La Roux‘s current single ‘Kiss and Not Tell’ has a kitschy, retro-themed feel with old fashioned tvs and candy-coloured telephones taking up most of your attention. Probably a good thing, because otherwise Elly Jackson is looking a bit awkward as a phone sex operator selling her salicious wares on late night tv. Watch the video below.
La Roux is on tour in support of current album ‘Trouble in Paradise’ in the UK in November.
Electro pop songstress Elly Jackson and La Roux have announced the release of her second album ‘Trouble In Paradise’, due out on the 7th of July. She will play an intimate album launch show in London on the 1st of July, followed by a full tour in November. In the meantime, have a listen to the first single from the album, ‘Let Me Down Gently’, which is posted below the tour date listing and was just previewed on Tuesday night on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 evening programme.
If you preorder ‘Trouble In Paradise’ on La Roux’s Web site, you can get early sale tickets starting at 10 AM next Monday, the 19th of May. General sale for the following shows starts at 10 AM on Friday, the 23rd of May.
Tuesday 1st July 2014 – London Conway Hall
Wednesday 5th November 2014 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 7th November 2014 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Birmingham Institute
Monday 10th November 2014 – Bristol Academy
Friday 14th November 2014 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Oxford Academy
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Manchester Ritz
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 12th November 2010 at 2:00 pm
So far in my gigging life, I’ve never had to wait so long from the time of purchasing a ticket to actually seeing an act perform as I did for La Roux. I heard ‘Quicksand’ on Steve Lamacq’s show in the summer of 2008 and fell in love. So I was over the moon when I heard she was due to perform in Washington in February 2010. A snowstorm caused that show to be cancelled (her scheduled opening act, Yes Giantess, answered questions for us while they were stuck in DC, busy doing nothing). It got rescheduled for July, but a throat infection sidelined Elly Jackson from the July show and an appearance at Merriweather Post Pavilion at Lilith Fair.
So here we were, a full year after the tickets had gone on sale for the original show, waiting for a late show at the 9:30. Elly Jackson has taken a lot of heat for all the cancellations they’ve had this year, but I was not expecting her to give us a heartfelt apology: “I am so, so sorry. You [Washington] seem to be the target of the most cancellations…but the fourth time’s a charm!” Her admitting this in such a sincere way softened my impression of the gig in general (I won’t go into details here but several punters I encountered were downright rude and I am not eager to return to this place anytime soon.)
I had really wanted to see Yes Giantess open for La Roux but I guess there was a scheduling conflict, because the support was instead a New York duo called Francis and the Lights. I was very confused because when I listened to the song ‘It’ll Be Better’ on their MySpace, I thought, huh? Not a dance band. However, in the live setting, it was obvious they were chosen for the ’80s vibe and sensibility (sounding perfect, considering Jackson’s love of Heaven 17 and other synthesiser-led bands of the era). Lead singer and keyboardist Francis Farewell Starlite had a quiff like Morrissey‘s and was dressed vaguely like Adam Ant. (I say vaguely because he was posing like Adam Ant and I always associate highly stylised military jackets with him.)
Starlite introduced one number as “a song I wrote for Drake“. Did he mean Drake had commissioned him to write a song for him? Or this was a homage to the rapper? Not sure, but they have opened for the hip hop artist so maybe it was the former. They seemed to go down well with the crowd, but I wasn’t sure if this was helped by the fact that since it was so late (the opening band went on at 10:30, with La Roux to follow an hour later), most people there were already sloshed. Starlite also tried had some mad footwork moves, which made the girls squeal. Not my thing. I was very much anxious to see La Roux.
Continue reading Live Review: La Roux with Francis and the Lights at 9:30 Club, Washington DC – 10th November 2010
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 14th June 2010 at 6:00 pm
Being an American who loves British music acts, it’s funny to watch people go mental over ‘a new sensation’ when you yourself know they’ve been good for a long while before that moment. Last week La Roux made their first network American appearance on ABC morning programme Good Morning America. I’m very surprised – and happy – that there are a lot of older people in the audience, though this might be attributed to the fact that any kid who’s present obviously had to skive off school.
At the start of this clip, Elly Jackson is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos (former President Bill Clinton’s advisor back in the day and now political analyst) and anchor (presenter) Elizabeth Vargas. Something feels eminently wrong about a political pundit asking about a pop star for hair sculpting techniques…or maybe that’s just me. Afterwards the audience were treated to a performance of ‘Bulletproof’. Check it out below.
It’s almost exactly a year since I first caught La Roux, when they were headlining the Oxford O2 Academy 2 on the NME Radar tour. Tonight I caught La Roux playing the bigger Bristol branch of the O2 Academy, where she’s certainly grown the production up a bit.
Opening up was the pretty much amazing Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, and have long been TGTF favourites, from our first introduction last September to DJing at our first ever gig night in March via our top 10 bands to watch in 2010, so it was nice to finally catch a half hour set from the guys who were every bit as good as I’d hoped at warming up a Monday night crowd. From the slower “The Key” to the all-out dance marathon of “Dance The Way I Feel”, they more than deserve to be the next big thing.
Very soon after Ou Est had left the stage it was time for the main act, La Roux. Having postponed this date from November last year, Elly immediately apologised for the delay after opening with “Tigerlily”. Their songs had all the more resonance now the whole crowd knew all the words, though I must admit I wasn’t a massive fan of the Rolling Stones cover of “Under My Thumb” and Elly’s self-indulgent guitar moment on “(Finally My) Saviour”. However, aside from the mid-set slow down, Elly knew that she was there to do, and even if the quiff was slightly smaller than last time (perhaps due to record company issues if The Sun is to be believed… (though it is the Sun we’re talking about here…)) she was every bit the show-woman she was last time.
Joking how she loved watching the “Butch guys dancing around” during crowd favourite “Cover My Eyes”, it seemed that the Bristol crowd lapped up the fiery tongued starlet every little bit. Closing with smash hit “Bulletproof”, Elly grinned as she bounced around in a gold lamé jacket and everyone screamed back the words. Exactly what a pop gig should be. I overheard some people complaining that it “was too short”, but if we’re honest she played every track from her debut album and a cover – what more could she have done?
With a bigger production and a theatrical set, I can’t help but wonder where La Roux will go from here and what the new stuff will sound like – it’s going to be a hard act to follow their debut collection, but going on the basis of tonight I have every confidence in it being an absolute corker of an album.
After the jump: setlist
Continue reading Live Review: La Roux and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool at Bristol O2 Academy – Monday 10th May 2010
Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive. From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.
Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.
It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.
Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.
The festival sold out within 90 minutes, so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!
Full lineup after the jump…
Continue reading Preview: T in the Park 2010