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No Longer Rootless, Youngblood Hawke Is On The Right Path And Ready To Wake Up

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

(The members of Youngblood Hawke, from L to R: Bass player Omar Ahmed, drummer Nik Hughes, singer Sam Martin, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Katz, guitarist Tasso Smith, vocalist Alice Katz)

It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’m one of eight passengers stuffed into a rented white Ford Econoline van alongside 30 different musical instrument cases housing everything from Roland Juno keyboards to guitars to a full drum kit. The members of Youngblood Hawke have just finished their second soundcheck of the day at the South By Southwest Music Festival, but they’ve already loaded and unloaded equipment from their van five different times today. You’d think the group might be weary after doing all that work without even being able to experience the rush of performing in front of any actual fans yet and, truth be told, the van is a little quiet as the various members of their group using their 10 minutes of downtime as they shuttle between venues to text and check their Twitter feeds. But then lead singer Sam Martin starts spontaneously humming a bit of the opening bars of the band’s song “Rootless” to himself, at an almost imperceptibly low volume. Although his humming is barely audible, sending these vibes out into the universe causes an instinctual, infectious ripple in the van and, within moments, the rest of the band starts singing along in harmonious unison. Sam looks up, smiles and takes the cue. “The world is feeling warmer,” he sings while the van drives down a side street in Austin, “The path rolling to your door is a jungle / I’ll be back because I never left.” And, just like that, I begin to grasp how the familial aura of this band —made up of both friends and family members— is going to be the thing that ultimately earns them a widespread audience.

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Jessie Ware’s You Oughta Know Diary

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Tagging along with Jessie Ware during her stateside tour has been an awesome ride overflowing with laughter. From front row seats to her live shows to getting an exclusive look at her wardrobe, we’ve captured every moment.

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Self-Described “Total Foodie” Jessie Ware Dines At NYC’s Renowned Sons Of Essex

Jessie Ware Sons Of Essex

Jessie Ware is VH1’s You Oughta Know artist this month, and we were lucky enough to spend some quality time with her recently here in New York City. Anyone who follows Ware on Twitter (@jessieware) or Instagram knows that the British songstress is a connoisseur of fine food— she describes herself as “a total foodie”— so when she was here in town, we made sure to take her out for a really good meal.

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Jessie Ware Thinks Charlie From Girls Is A Hunk

Jessie Ware loves Girls. Not girls (get your mind out of the gutter), but HBO’s Girls. It’s one of her latest obsessions. Her love runs so deep with the generation Y version of Sex and the City she has a request: All she wants is for just one cast member to show up to one of her stateside shows. Read more…

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What Jessie Ware Wears

Jessie Ware may single-handedly revive the crop top stateside. Along with signature colors of black and white, crop tops are Jessie’s go-to wardrobe pick, but for the Webster Hall show she had something different in mind. Just don’t expect her to steer too far away from black. Read more…

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Jessie Ware Performs Double Duty At Coachella While Looking And Sounding Flawless

2013 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Day 3

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.

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