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Live Review: Teitur with Zia Hassan at the Hamilton, Washington DC – 1st September 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 4th September 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

I think most of us regular gig-goers have come to accept sore feet, achy craned necks, sticky floors and having our personal space encroached too many times when we mentally prepare ourselves to head out to a show. Saturday night, some friends and I had the opportunity to try out a new place that laughed in the face of all those terms because for once, we got to sit down, and it wasn’t because we were sat in a cold and unfeeling place like the Verizon Center.

No, the Hamilton exceeded all my expectations as a place that you could be waited on and order very good food and drink, be sat at a well-appointed table, and take in an acoustic show as if you were sitting in a some swish bar in the heart of New York City. While there was a table of young people getting drunk on a couple bottles of red wine and being just a bit annoying for talking and laughing through the show, all in all, I’d say it was a positive experience to be in a place within walking distance of the White House and some historic eateries and still be treated to a performance where I was comfortable.

A last minute support slot was announced for Zia Hassan, a local singer/songwriter who was welcomed to the stage as “the only artist who has ever played the Hamilton 2 nights in a row”. After Googling him, I learned that Hassan wasn’t kidding when said he could “write a song in 15 minutes”: his Bandcamp confirms this, with four album-length and two EP length releases to his name. After admitting that he was a massive Teitur fan and he was so honoured to be opening for one of his heroes. Starting with a jazzy cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Rock With You’ before segueing into another tune, Hassan admirably warmed up the audience with his engaging blend of well-played guitar and wit, delivered via a youthful voice with brief moments of falsetto.

Hassan also turned out to be more gregarious than Teitur himself; he regaled us with tales of him writing stories for his now fiance (‘New York’s Gonna Hate Us’), equated the loss of love with giving up an important possession (‘Wrecking Ball’) and a story written around something he drew on a napkin (‘Diagrams’). He also advertises, not so subtly, the fact that he’s a fully commissionable songwriter, explaining that his song ‘A Love Like That’ was written at the behest of a mate who was getting married, and ‘Carry My Love’ was based on a friend’s inability to have children of her own, only to have her sister carry her baby.

After a very brief intermission (brief because there wasn’t any gear to move around, as both of the musicians played acoustic guitar and a Yamaha grand piano already was sat on stage), it was Teitur‘s turn. I was disappointed in the turnout; maybe because Teitur has played at Jammin’ Java in Vienna so many times, all his fans are in Northern Virginia and refused to make the trek into DC? For sure though, I don’t think the usual patrons of the Hamilton are as well-versed as we are to wait for an encore, as many people just got up and left when Teitur first said his goodbyes. However, as our friend Kelly had requested ‘Your Great Book’ and Teitur had agreed on Twitter to play it, we knew more was coming. The tour had just started days before his newest EP, ‘Four Songs’, was released, and ‘Home’, one of the songs on the EP, got a live airing with Teitur on piano (see video below). The name of another song on the EP, ‘Jailhouse Gumbo Jones’, was explained away as that game / meme you play when you come up with your blues name and it was the resulting name of one of his friends.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz6zhrxs-74[/youtube]

Perhaps it was also jetlag and first show of the tour nerves, but Teitur didn’t seem as comfortable as he had been in February either. He tried playing a cover of the Carpenters’ ‘Close to You’ in honour of songwriter Hal David’s recent passing, but some of the notes were too high and Teitur himself admitted this was the first time he’d tried playing it live and he was nervous. He played on his guitar a song he said he’d written just minutes before called ’24 Rules’, looking down at a crib sheet of notes all the while (watch the video below). However, later in the show, I felt a shift in confidence, with Teitur joking about ‘You Get Me’, a song that will appear on Seal’s new album, yet the subject matter must not have worked since Heidi Klum left him. (Ooh, snap.) ‘I Was Just Thinking’ providing the most tender moment of the night and ‘Josephine’ the most wistful of childhood moment.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiAsl-IK0xY[/youtube]

Overall, I think the ambience of the Hamilton was perfect for a kind of performer like Teitur. It’s just a shame that more people weren’t aware of its existence, as I’m sure a full house would have made for a more electric experience.

After the cut: Teitur’s set list.
Continue reading Live Review: Teitur with Zia Hassan at the Hamilton, Washington DC – 1st September 2012

 

Everything Everything / September and October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 30th August 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Hot on the heels of the world premiere of their new single ‘Cough Cough’ on Huw Stephens’ Radio1 show on Tuesday night, Everything Everything have announced a short tour of the UK in October. Tickets for this tour go on sale tomorrow, Friday 31 August, at 9 AM. Update 1 September 2012: London band Fiction will be supporting.

These dates in October are in addition to two shows in September previously announced (Coventry and York) and an appearance at Festival No. 6 in Portmeirion on Sunday the 16th of September. Win tickets to the festival, being headlined by New Order, from BBC 6music here.

Thursday 13th September 2012 – Coventry Kasbah
Friday 14th September 2012 – York Duchess
Sunday 16th September 2012 – Portmeirion Festival No. 6
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Manchester Gorilla
Tuesday 23th October 2012 – London Village Underground
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Friday 26th October 2012 – Glasgow King Tut’s

 

The Script / September 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Irish pop/rock band the Script have announced a couple live dates for September. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 15 August) at 9.30 AM.

The Script release their third album, ‘#3’, on 10 September.

Sunday 9th September 2012 – Glasgow ABC
Monday 10th September 2012 – Manchester Ritz
Wednesday 12th September 2012 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Maverick Sabre / September and October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 10th August 2012 at 5:00 pm
 

Maverick Sabre will be on tour in the UK in September and October. Tickets are available now at £16 each, except in London, where they are £18.50.

Friday 21st September 2012 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Saturday 22nd September 2012 – Leeds O2 Academy
Monday 24th September 2012 – Liverpool O2 Academy
Tuesday 25th September 2012 – Manchester Academy
Thursday 27th September 2012 – Leicester O2 Academy
Friday 28th September 2012 – Norwich UEA
Saturday 29th September 2012 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Monday 1st October 2012 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 4th October 2012 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Friday 5th October 2012 – Bristol O2 Academy
Saturday 6th October 2012 – London Brixton O2 Academy

 

Cave Painting / September and October 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 8th August 2012 at 2:30 pm
 

Brighton dream pop band Cave Painting will be touring the UK this autumn. Their debut album ‘Votive Life’ drops on the 24th of September on Third Rock Recordings.

Friday 21st September 2012 – Leeds Cockpit
Saturday 22nd September 2012 – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s
Sunday 23rd September 2012 – Glasgow Captain’s Rest
Monday 24th September 2012 – Newcastle Cluny 2
Tuesday 25th September 2012 – York Stereo
Thursday 27th September 2012 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 28th September 2012 – Nottingham Bodega
Saturday 29th September 2012 – Manchester Trof Fallowfield
Monday 1st October 2012 – Sheffield Soyo
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 – London Lexington
Friday 5th October 2012 – Bristol Start the Bus
Saturday 6th October 2012 – Reading Oakford Social Club
Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Brighton Green Door Store

 

Allo Darlin’ / August and September 2012 English Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 8th August 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Allo Darlin will be starting an English tour at the end of this month. The tour begins in Wakefield on the 31st of August to the middle of September at London King’s College on the 13th of September. Tickets are on sale now.

Friday 31st August 2012 – Wakefield Hop
Saturday 1st September 2012 – Derby Silk Mill
Monday 3rd September 2012 – Birmingham Subside
Tuesday 4th September 2012 – Bristol Fleece
Wednesday 5th September 2012 – Newcastle Star and Shadow Cinema
Thursday 6th September 2012 – Sheffield Queens Social Club
Friday 7th September 2012 – Manchester Deaf Institute
Saturday 8th September 2012 – Liverpool Kazimier
Monday 10th September 2012 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wednesday 12th September 2012 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 13th September 2012 – London King’s College

 
 
 

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