NEWS: Tulisa Joins V Festival Line-Up

V Festival, sponsored by Virgin Media, is proud to announce the addition of Tulisa to the 2012 line up. The N Dubz star will make her V debut as a solo artist at this year’s festival, which takes place across the weekend of the 18th and 19th August.

The ‘Young’ singer will join headliners Stone Roses and The Killers and a veritable feast of musical talent including Snow Patrol, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Lawson, Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Ed Sheeran as well as her N Dubz band mate Dappy.

The addition of Tulisa to the bill comes after the news that US folk singer Lissie will sadly no longer be appearing on the V Festival line up.

With the festival weekend drawing ever closer, fans are being asked to stay tuned for further announcements over the upcoming weeks.

WIN! Washington Albums!

Having conquered her home terrain, Megan Washington has set her sites on global domination. Having co-headlined with Lissie earlier in 2011, Washington has managed to make a name for herself in both Europe and her adopted home of the last three months, the States. It is just a matter of time before she is bigger than sliced bread on these shores, so why not get in now and grab a copy of her debut album “I Believe You Liar”. Here at The Kaje we have two copies up for grabs – simply tell us what country Washington was born in….  Answers to jeremy@the-kaje.com

Competition closes on November 24th.

NEWS: Ramona To Support Lissie

Fresh from the successful release of debut single “How Long”, Ramona are set to support Lissie on a string of dates throughout the UK. The Brighton 4-piece have spent the past year touring up and down the country and collecting a steady stream of fans along the way.

Having been writing songs and daydreaming of The Big Apple since she was fourteen, Karen Anne’s talent and drive are perfectly echoed in her bands effortlessly cool and icy new wave sound. Each song is a pop gemstone with tunes inspired by Lou Reeds love of Manhattan and the CBGBs era. The bands hardwork these past few months haven’t gone unnoticed with a personal invite from Christopher Bailey to play at the Burberry store in the dream city itself; NYC. As well as wooing many a journalist and radio DJ along the way…

Of the self-titled debut album, due 2011, Karen promises “all very short songs, a lot of energy. They’re all very catchy, there’s no moments you’re going to get too bored in there.” Lissie support dates are here;

OCTOBER

Tues 26  –  Glasgow, Oran Mor
Wed 27  –  Manchester, Academy
Thurs 28 – Bristol, Thekla
Sat 30 – Norwich, Waterfront
Sun 31 – Birmingham, Academy 02

NOVEMBER

Mon 01- London, Heaven

ALBUM REVIEW: Lauren Pritchard “Wasted In Jackson”

Record Label: Island
Release Date: 25.10.2010

A decade ago an album was released by a new female soloist that got me so excited that I wanted to scream from the rooftops about it. The album was not a commercial success as the singer disappeared quickly into musical obscurity. The artist was Shea Seger and the album “The May Street Project”. Yet it has taken to today to – the excitement that one album filled me with. With her suitably titled debut solo effort “Wasted In Jackson”, Tennessee born Lauren Pritchard hits every note and send shivers down the spine.

“Wasted In Jackson” is what can only be described as a rich album. Every track oozes perfection, but it is the stop start “Hope It’s You” that epitomises every that is right with the record. Pritchard’s sun soaked vocal is rich and warm, but contains within it the ability to show woe with a distinct clarity.

Pritchard cites Billy Joel as her strongest inspiration, yet one a musical level the similarities are not overtly apparent. Yet just a brief look at Pritchard’s lyrical journey and it is immediately apparent that Pritchard believes in the brutal honesty that Joel also demonstrates.

“Wasted In Jackson” is not aligned to current 80s heavy chart, but with strong female vocalists like Lissie coming to the fore, the release of “Wasted In Jackson” is perfectly timed. Pritchard slides in to the fold effortlessly and there is little need for the girl from Jackson to feel her efforts are a waste.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

The Kaje talks “Fireplace” to The Boy Who Trapped The Sun

The Boy Who Trapped The Sun has been the support act of choice this year – having already supported Alan Pownall, Lisa Mitchell and Lissie – the man otherwise known as Colin MacLeod is about to join The Guillemots’ Fyfe Dangerfield on a trek around the UK. With his debut album “Fireplace” having also won over a wave of new fans (including Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody), MacLeod has teamed up with Ed Harcourt to write latest single “Dreaming Like A Fool”. Here at The Kaje we have been big fans since his early EPs, so we decided to have a quick chat before Colin heads out on the road again…

 What prompted the decision to call yourself The Boy Who Trapped The Sun as opposed to using your real name?

It’s more interesting than my name.

You hail from Lewis, how easy did you find it to get attention to your music? 

It’s easy for a man as talented as myself.

How instrumental was the internet in winning you a wider audience? 

The Internet only made the island a few months ago, so I’m still not very sure how to use it. So I’d have to say not very.

You are currently travelling about a lot touring the record, how do you enjoy the non-stop touring? 

Well you asked this question at a very good time as I’m currently on route to a pre gig surf with my good friends Ben and Sam, then later on I’ll play some songs and have a few tasty  beverages. It’s a tough life on the road but I make do.

What sort of feedback have you been getting from the shows?

Depends how well I play. 

Do you prefer the recording process or the live performance?

Live.

What have been the best and worst performances to date?

Hard to say. They all merge into one awesome night after a while.

Can you tell us a little bit about the thought process behind “Fireplace”?

Sorry to bore you but it was write, record, play live. I’m a simple man.

You come across as a bit of homebird on the record, would you say this is the case?

Yes.

Do you have a favourite song on the record?

I love them all the same, but maybe, secretly, I’m most proud of “Home”. 

Were there any inhibitions in converting the personal to song?

No.

How important is storytelling within a song for you?

Very.

When did you first set your sites on a career in music?

I’m still trying to adjust my sights. This is all very sudden.

Who would you say were your initial inspirations?

Mr. Money.

How have these changed as you have developed as a musician?

I’m still very focused on being filthy rich.

Have you always veered towards folk, or have you experimented in different genres?

I don’t know, I like all music but one man and hi guitar appeals to me more than anything else.

What are your hopes for “Fireplace”?

My biggest hope for “Fireplace” is that it brings world peace and makes me filthy rich.

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