Music fans and MDMA enthusiasts alike converged in Indio, California over the last few days for the first weekend of the 2013 Coachella Festival. Sadly, we were stuck on our couches here in New York City and not in attendance, but thanks to the magic of YouTube, we spent a considerable amount of time over the weekend watching the myriad acts on the lineup delight both the sober and not-so-sober members of the audience (we’re talking to you, denizens of the Sahara Tent). Of course, one of our favorite acts of the weekend was our April You Oughta Know artist, Jessie Ware, who performed not once but TWICE over the weekend.
Jessie Ware is VH1′s You Oughta Know artist this month, and we had the great fortune of spending a few days with her in New York City earlier this month. Jessie’s debut album, Devotion, hits U.S. shores tomorrow (4/16/13), and if you didn’t happen to pick it up when it was released in the U.K. last fall, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of the lushest R&B albums we’ve heard in years, one that has evoked comparisons to Sade and Blue Lines-era Massive Attack, and racked up a number of “Best Of” awards (including many mentions in VH1′s Best 10 Albums of 2012).
Backstage of NYC’s Webster Hall is a dressing room with a pole that amuses Jessie Ware. “In this dressing room you have a pole. I don’t know what it’s going to be used for, but I love that it’s there,” she says. Read more…
We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jessie Ware as our You Oughta Know artist for the month of April. We’ve been full-on stans for her debut LP, Devotion, ever since it was released in the U.K. late last summer, and we can’t wait until U.S. audiences are able to hear the album when its U.S. edition drops next Tuesday (4/16). One of our favorite tracks on the album is a bouncy number called “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” which draws its inspiration from a picture that Jessie Ware once saw of the hip-hop artist Big Pun.
Jessie Ware didn’t lie when she hinted at channeling Madonna and Janet Jackson in her upcoming video. Now that “Imagine It Was Us” has arrived the homage is obvious. Don’t get too excited. She hasn’t reinvented “Rhythm Nation.” Read more…
Dawes has been a favorite around the VH1 offices since they were our You Oughta Know band back in September of 2011. Their album at that time, Nothing Is Wrong, racked up a string of critical accolades thanks to its narrative-driven lyrics and laid back, Laurel Canyon vibe. The group just released their third studio album, Stories Don’t End, and VH1 is excited to share the video for that album’s lead single, “From A Window Seat,” with you tonight.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to see VH1′s April You Oughta Know artist Jessie Ware perform live yet, you’re in for a treat. The R&B chanteuse will be taking the stage at New York City’s Webster Hall this evening, and our friends over at MTV will be livestreaming the performance as part of their Artists To Watch series starting at 9 p.m. ET.
As much as we love “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, we’ll readily admit that we’re a little burnt out on it. It’s been on constant rotation for us since we first saw them play at SXSW in March of 2012, and 13 months is a long time to listen to any song, regardless of its merits. We chuckled when The Chickeneers performed their all-cluck version of the song on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week, but when we finally got around to watching this week’s episode of Nashville on our DVR, we fell in love with the song all over again, thanks to two young girls named Lennon and Maisy Stella.
Remember when Jessie Ware‘s Devotion album was on Spotify and had the states curiously asking, “Who is this British chick whose music sounds as sweet as honey?” Now that we know her music like we know our SS numbers, we’ve fallen even deeper in love. Read more…
There’s a scene in the first season of Girls where Hannah finds out Adam’s a former alcoholic from one of his friends at a hipster party in Brooklyn. Jessie Ware‘s packed Music Hall show in Williamsburg–the upcoming gentrified neighborhood where folks who would’ve been robbed in the same area 10 years ago now live– was eerily similar.