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Lissie / April 2018 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 9:00 am

American singer/songwriter Lissie will play a small handful of live dates in the UK next spring, following the release of her upcoming album ‘Castles’. The new LP is due for release on the 23rd of March via Lionboy Records and Thirty Tigers (North America)/Cooking Vinyl (UK). ICYMI, we’ve already featured videos for the first two singles from the new record, ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Blood and Muscle’, featured here on TGTF on Tuesday evening.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. You can find TGTF’s previous coverage of Lissie, including this live review from SXSW 2016, by clicking here.

Friday 6th April 2018 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Sunday 8th April 2018 – Manchester Gorilla
Monday 9th April 2018 – London Village Underground
Tuesday 10th April 2018 – London Omeara (sold out)


Video of the Moment #2750: Lissie

By on Tuesday, 5th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

Header photo by Gretchen Robinette

American singer/songwriter Lissie has announced a brand new album due for release in early 2018, almost exactly two years after her excellent 2016 LP ‘My Wild West’. To mark the occasion, Lissie has also unveiled a promo video for the new album’s latest single ‘Blood & Muscle’.

This sparsely-arranged piano ballad is clearly intended to showcase the unique beauty of Lissie’s richly textured singing voice, and its visual representation is equally straightforward. The imagery in the video alternates between stark grayscale and vivid color, as Lissie sings alongside a grand piano played by a notably absent pianist. The missing keyboard player is surely symbolic and poignantly illustrative of the sharp sense of longing in the song’s lyrics.

“I want a love made of blood and muscle,” Lissie sings, “real and warm and alive.” It’s a phrase that could just as easily describe her own vocal delivery in this song. Her voice here is as strong and graceful as ever, even in the vulnerability of her higher range, which she uses to powerful effect in the song’s chorus. Listen to ‘Blood & Muscle’ in the promo video just below.

Lissie’s new LP, to be titled ‘Castles’, is due for release on the 23rd of March 2018 via Thirty Tigers (North America) and Cooking Vinyl (UK). TGTF’s previous coverage of Lissie, including our feature of her previous single ‘Boyfriend’, is collected back through here.


Video of the Moment #2391: Lissie

By on Friday, 30th June 2017 at 6:00 pm

It’s been about a year since we last wrote about Lissie, and wouldn’t you know, she has revealed she will have a new album to be released next year. Following her barnstorming appearance at Glastonbury last weekend, she’s revealed a new track and its accompanying video. ‘Boyfriend’ the song itself is described as “a breezy and playful number” in the press release.

Like the video for ‘Don’t You Give Up on Me’ in January 2016, it has personal meaning for the American singer/songwriter. “It was shot in my home and on my farm in NE Iowa by O’bear Films/Talain Blanchon, I feel really excited to be sharing a smooth, summer groove as I prepare to release a new album in early 2018! I love to be in nature and liked the idea of pairing an almost country lyrical approach to a sultry jam.” Watch the new video from Lissie below. All of our coverage on her here on TGTF can be read here.


Lissie / November and December 2016 UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 20th July 2016 at 9:00 am

American singer/songwriter Lissie has just announced a tour of the UK for November and December of this year, including a show at London Koko on the 6th of December. The new gigs will support her excellent recent album ‘My Wild West’, which was released earlier this year via Cooking Vinyl in the UK and on Thirty Tigers in North America.

Tickets for the following dates will be available for general sale on Friday the 22nd of July at 9 AM, with presales beginning today, Wednesday the 20th of July, on Lissie’s official Web site. We at TGTF were lucky enough to catch Lissie in live performance earlier this year at SXSW 2016; you can read my live review here. Our complete collected coverage of Lissie is right back here.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 – Glasgow Old Fruit Market
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – Manchester Academy 2
Thursday 1st December 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Saturday 3rd December 2016 – Birmingham Institute 2
Sunday 4th December 2016 – Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – London Koko
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Brighton Concorde 2
Thursday 8th December 2016 – Norwich Waterfront


Video of the Moment #2142: Lissie

By on Tuesday, 19th July 2016 at 6:00 pm

Leaving home to follow your dreams is one of the main themes behind American singer/songwriter Lissie‘s remarkable recent album ‘My Wild West’. The flip side of that coin, and the juxtapositional foil on the LP, is coming full circle and finding yourself back home again. The latest single from ‘My Wild West’, titled ‘Wild West’, centers around Lissie’s initial foray into the outside world, its lyrics boldly declaring “I’m going rogue in the wild, wild west.” But the charming new video for the song is a decidedly more family-centered affair, and one that is undoubtedly representative of Lissie’s return to her native Iowa after 10 years making a career as a musician in California.

The making of the new video was overseen by Katie Horst and Talain Rayne of O’Bear Film, but the stars of the show are a clever group of brothers—Oliver (age 6), Emery (age 8), Elliot (age 10) and Nathaniel (age 12)—who were given free rein to create their own interpretation of Lissie’s music and lyrics. As you can hear in the video, the boys were apparently unfamiliar with Lissie prior to their part in this project. Nevertheless, their high energy and spontaneous antics perfectly capture the fiercely independent essence of her song.

‘Wild West’ is the new single from Lissie’s album ‘My Wild West’, which is out now on Cooking Vinyl in the UK and Thirty Tigers in North America. TGTF’s previous coverage of Lissie, including an interview with her at SXSW 2016, is collected here.


SXSW 2016: a slower-paced Saturday afternoon of singer/songwriters – 19th March 2016

By on Monday, 18th April 2016 at 2:00 pm

After the frenetic Friday of SXSW 2016, (which I spent here and here, in case you haven’t been reading along), Saturday dawned sunny, if a little chilly. I found myself running at a slightly slower pace. I had only two interviews scheduled for the day, both with exciting female singer/songwriters, and though I was glad for a later start to the day, I was eager to get moving by the time Mary and I arrived downtown.

Recent California-to-Iowa transplant Lissie was on the schedule for the SPIN Magazine day party at the Bud Light Factory at Brazos Hall, and I had a standing appointment for an interview with her after her set. The atmosphere at the venue was relaxed but energetic, as you might expect on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And Lissie’s mellow, mostly acoustic set fit perfectly with that vibe. She played a set of songs centered around her new album ‘My Wild West’, but to my delight, she also included her well-known cover of Kid Cudi’s ‘Pursuit of Happiness’. I hadn’t heard Lissie perform live before this, but after having reviewed ‘My Wild West’, I would say that her voice in person was every bit as rich and warm as it comes across on the record, and its raw power is only magnified by being in the same room.

Lissie internal

The sound and lighting were both excellent at the Bud Light Factory, and aside from Lissie, the showcase promised high-energy performances from hip-hop artist Lizzo (who had been first on the afternoon docket), UK indie rockers Bloc Party and genre-bending alt-pop artist Santigold. In the end, though, I only saw Lissie’s set from in front of the stage. After she finished playing, I was escorted upstairs to the VIP area for our scheduled interview. This was Lissie’s final show of SXSW 2016, and she had other press commitments as well as ours, but I was happy to wait my turn. There were plenty of amusements to pass the time, and I took the opportunity to try out a cool virtual music making machine, as well as watching part of Bloc Party’s set on the venue’s closed circuit TV. After that bit of fun, I had this casual chat with Lissie about her new album and where it has led her, both personally and professionally.

After leaving the SPIN party, I took an hour or so of “personal time” to try something new at SXSW. On a bit of a whim, I headed to the ChiveTV pop-up party on the west side of downtown, where I heard country rock band Poor Man’s Change. I can be picky about country music; it isn’t always to my particular liking, but this Southern California quartet fit nicely with my genial Saturday afternoon mood, and I had a chance to chat with several friendly people while I took in the scene.

Chive party photo

Following my short stopover at the ChiveTV party, I headed back east to meet up with Mary at the Hilton Austin hotel. We saw a few familiar faces and had a quick dinner ahead of Brighton singer/songwriter Holly Macve’s set at the hotel’s intimate Liberty Tavern. The audience here was captivated by Macve’s unique singing voice and dramatically stark song arrangements, and particularly in her cover of Patsy Cline classic ‘Crazy’ and her own haunting track ‘Sycamore Tree’. I had a chat with the fresh-faced and undeniably talented Macve after her set, and it was truly a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to speak with her at this exciting juncture of her career. Mary shares thoughts on the early evening showcase just below.

Holly Macve internal

Mary: I wanted to note here that if a club atmosphere is not for you, and/or you’re keen on catching fresh – and free! – entertainment during SXSW, the festival offers up the Second Play Stages at several hotels in downtown Austin, plus the Hyatt Regency south of the Colorado River where I caught Demi Louise last year and Carrie saw Roo Panes on Wednesday during this year’s festival. Liberty Tavern, located at the Hilton on E. 4th Street, had 3 acts scheduled each night of SXSW 2016. We were present for Holly Macve’s set to start the dinner hour at 6, and while Carrie was speaking with her after her set, I also had a look-in on 18-year-old James TW, who will be having his debut London live appearance the 12th of May at Islington Academy 2 (tickets on sale now).

The young James – the “TW” in his act name refers to his double-barrelled surname Taylor-Watts – holds the distinction of being the youngest artist ever to sign to Island Records UK. Prior to coming out to Austin, he released the single ‘When You Love Someone’ in February, which has already charted on the Spotify Viral Top 50. With boy next door charm, his music is easy on the ears, bridging the gap between country/western / singer/songwriter and urban vocal stylings of today, his voice at times twangy and soulful. His debut EP ‘First Impressions’ (how appropriate to reference his first showcasing at SXSW) is scheduled for release this Friday.

James TW at the Liberty Tavern, Second Play Stage, Saturday at SXSW 2016

Carrie: Following James TW’s set and my interview with Holly Macve, Mary and I met up again to plot our course for the final evening of SXSW 2016. You can read Mary’s Saturday night reviews here and here; my own Saturday night review will post soon.

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