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Live Review: Dawes with Caitlin Rose at Vinyl Music Hall, Pensacola, FL – 15th October 2013

 
By on Monday, 21st October 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

Last Tuesday night, Caitlin Rose (pictured above) played Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola, Florida, opening for Los Angeles-based rock band Dawes.  I reviewed Rose’s second album ‘The Stand-In’ (read the review here), so I was excited when she announced that she would be playing a show in a venue local to me.  It’s a rare treat for me to be able to review an album and a live show for the same artist, and on the occasions when I have, there’s always been a plane ticket involved.  I first heard about the show via Rose’s Facebook announcement, and before I bought my ticket, I didn’t even realize that she wasn’t the headliner.

Rose’s live show didn’t disappoint, even though most of her audience at Vinyl were clearly impatient for Dawes to take the stage.  I may have been the only exception to that, not being a huge fan of Dawes myself.  Rose played a delightfully substantial opening set, including several songs from latest album ‘The Stand-In’, as well a couple of older numbers and a liberal smattering of covers, which she said onstage that she actually prefers to performing her own songs.  In particular, her cover of The National’s ‘Pink Rabbits’ has received significant attention, and for good reason.  (If you haven’t already heard it, you can check it out on YouTube here.)

The Pensacola crowd responded most appreciatively to ‘Waitin’’, which many of them had no doubt heard recently when it was featured on the popular ABC television show ‘Nashville’.  Rose referenced the ‘Nashville’ version somewhat ironically, noting that her live show contains none of the contrived stagecraft seen there.  Her smooth, straightforward vocal performance and the tight musicianship of her band allowed the songs to shine through on their own merits.

Rose’s sultry, bluesy style and edgy lyrics seemed at first to be at odds with the mellow folk rock sound of Dawes.  However, when Dawes took the stage to an enthusiastic audience response, it became clear that their live performance would be more appealing than their somewhat bland radio offerings.  Hit radio single ‘From a Window Seat’, which had never captured my attention before, was the sizzling highlight of the set.  Lead singer Taylor Goldsmith took the opportunity to show off his considerable improvisational skills on electric guitar, while his brother Griffin, on drums, all but upstaged Taylor with his passionate playing, comical facial contortions, and flawless vocal harmonies.

Even the slower and more pensive ‘A Little Bit of Everything’ benefitted from the band’s onstage energy, and I found myself singing along despite the egregious lyrics in its second verse.  I wasn’t familiar enough with the band’s back catalogue to identify all of their older tunes, but the crowd were clearly excited to hear them, especially ‘Fire Away’ and ‘When My Time Comes’.  Another recent radio hit (and my personal Dawes favourite) ‘Time Spent In Los Angeles’ was wisely saved for the encore, leaving me with the impression that maybe I’d dismissed this band prematurely.  Even if you’re not in love with their studio recordings, they’re worth seeing live, especially if they’re joined by quality opening acts like Caitlin Rose.

 

Caitlin Rose / September 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 19th August 2013 at 9:30 am
 

Caitlin Rose will be playing a string of dates and festivals in the UK in September. Tickets are on sale now.

Miss Rose released her second album ‘The Stand-In’ in February, and you can read Carrie’s review of the album here.

Sunday 1st September 2013 – North Dorset End of the Road Festival
Monday 2nd September 2013 – Brighton Proud Cabaret
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 4th September 2013 – Oxford Bullingdon
Thursday 5th September 2013 – Nottingham Glee
Saturday 7th September 2013 – Leeds College Of Music
Monday 9th September 2013 – Glasgow ABC2
Wednesday 11th September 2013 – Gateshead Sage
Thursday 12th September 2013 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 13th September 2013 – Manchester Ritz
Sat 14th September 2013 – Portmeirion Festival No 6

 

MP3(s) of the Day #770: Caitlin Rose

 
By on Monday, 22nd July 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Caitlin Rose graced the first-ever NoiseTrade Eastside Manor Sessions and performed live several tracks from her latest album ‘The Stand-In’ in a stately house in Nashville. Carrie reviewed Rose’s album here. Download live versions of ‘Golden Boy’, ‘Pink Champagne’, ‘Old Numbers’, ‘No More Lonely’ and ‘Everywhere I Go’ here. Technically, this live EP is free, but if you like what you’re hearing, you can express your appreciation and ‘tip’ Caitlin from $1 to $25.

 

Live Gig Video: Caitlin Rose interviewed by and performs ‘Pink Champagne’ for Yours Truly

 
By on Friday, 26th April 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Caitlin Rose recently recorded this chat with and performance video of ‘Pink Champagne’ for Yours Truly. Watch it below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/62759516[/vimeo]

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1140: Caitlin Rose

 
By on Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

On Monday we posted Carrie’s review of Caitlin Rose‘s second album, ‘The Stand-In’. (Read it here.) We now have a new video from Rose to show you, for the album track ‘Only a Clown’.

She is in the middle of a short UK tour; the details of the tour are here. After that she will return to America for SXSW 2013; her official showcase will take place at Club De Ville on Friday 15 March at 8:00 PM. After that time, she will go out on a tour of the East Coast and Midwest.

 

(SXSW 2013 flavoured!) Album Review: Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

 
By on Monday, 25th February 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Caitlin Rose The Stand-In coverCaitlin Rose does country music the old-fashioned way, rightfully earning comparisons to artists like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Her authentic Americana style, unfairly marginalized into the alt-country category, is untouched by the cliché-laden, factory-produced sound that prevails in contemporary mainstream country music. On sophomore album ‘The Stand-In’, Rose blends folk, gospel, and blues with simple, plain-spoken lyrics and a singing voice that alternates between sweet and sultry without becoming overly twangy.

Throughout the album, Rose’s singing switches easily from sweet softness to supple throatiness, depending upon the emotion of the moment. Her voice does lack weight at the bottom of her register, which occasionally leaves her sounding whiny instead of weary. The higher part of the voice, however, is beautiful at both ends of the dynamic spectrum, and Rose takes full advantage of that ability.

As a whole, ‘The Stand-In’ calls to mind images of a smoky bar at last call, when only the hardcore drinkers and the lonely hearts are left to pair off or fend for themselves. Opening track ‘No One to Call’ (stream below) has a drunkenly stumbling rhythmic figure at the end of its chorus. ‘Pink Champagne’ is a charmingly woozy, unabashedly sentimental two-step, which I could easily hear playing from a jukebox on a nearly-empty dance floor. The album’s swan song ‘Old Numbers’ is another allusion to drunk-dialling, but its sultry jazz trumpet and slippery guitar solo are more suggestive of old pay phones than modern mobiles.

Close attention to the seemingly straightforward lyrics yields a broad spectrum of dark emotion. First single ‘I Was Cruel’ (live version below) puts a masochistic twist on the typical lovelorn break-up song. Its ending, sung in a beautiful clear tone, takes a slight detour in perspective: “Peace of mind, honey, I’ll treat you kind, sometimes. / I’m a selfish man with my head in my hands, and I’m crying for you.” In ‘Dallas’, Rose cuts her sweet singing with edgy lyrics, “let’s move this fucking jet, I have to go, despite all sleet and snow”. (Also worth noting here are classic country references to a “portrait in velvet” and a “3-night run at The Palace.”) The chorus of ‘When I’m Gone’ is one of the album’s most memorable lyrics: “Come on, you can sleep when I’m gone, I was lying when I said there’d be plenty of time.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOipdIcoiNI[/youtube]

‘Everywhere I Go’ is something of an outlier on the album. With its driving rhythm section and clear keyboard quality, it could easily fit on a more pop-oriented record, if not for the ever-present slide guitar. ‘Menagerie’, an upbeat four-to-the-floor number, has a strident guitar riff and the equally strident lyrics, “I’m gonna dance over broken glass and destroy all of these beautiful things.”

Overall, ‘The Stand-In’ doesn’t stray far from the formula that worked so well for Rose on debut album ‘Own Side Now’. Lyrical depth, musical variety, and emotional authenticity once again balance Rose’s silvery singing and clever charm. Mainstream country ingénues could certainly take a lesson or two from this talented singer.

8/10

‘The Stand-In’, Caitlin Rose’s second album, is out today on Names Records. She starts a UK tour tonight at Brighton Haunt; the details of the tour are below. After that she will return to America for SXSW 2013, where she will showcase at Club De Ville on Friday 15 March at 8:00 PM, then go out on a tour of the East Coast and Midwest.

Monday 25th February 2013 – Brighton Haunt
Tuesday 26th February 2013 – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 27th February 2013 – London Dingwalls (sold out)
Thursday 28th February 2013 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Friday 1st March 2013 – Manchester Ruby Lounge
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Glasgow CCA
Sunday 3rd March 2013 – London Brixton Windmill
Monday 4th March 2013 – London Rough Trade East

 
 
 

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