New York’s Grace VanderWaal is a heartfelt pop singer best known for winning the 11th season of NBC’s performance competition America’s Got Talent. Born in Kansas in 2004, VanderWaal grew up in Suffern, New York, where she first showed interested in music around age three, singing on a wireless microphone. Later, she played saxophone in the school band and, at age 11, taught herself to play ukulele by watching online videos. Soon, she was writing her own songs and performing at local open-mike nights. In 2016, she successfully auditioned for America’s Got Talent, performing her original composition “I Don’t Know My Name.” A popular competitor from the start, VanderWaal ultimately won the series, becoming the second female and second child to do so. She signed to Columbia Records in 2016 and released her debut EP, Perfectly Im, featuring her single version of “I Don’t Know My Name.” The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart. The non-album single “Missing You,” appeared in 2017.
American rapper, singer, producer, and songwriter Luke Christopher worked behind the scenes with Usher and John Legend before embarking on a solo career with a series of mixtapes. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Christopher started experimenting with songwriting and production as a teenager. He made his debut in 2012 with the release of mixtapes Building Skies and TMRW, TMRW. The song “Life Jackets” became the latter tape’s breakout hit, thanks in part to its clever sampling of Scala & Kolacny Brothers’ version of Radiohead’s “Creep.” He signed with ByStorm/RCA in 2013 prior to the release of his self-released EP The Wonder Years, Pt. 1. A sequel mixtape, 2014’s TMRW, TMRW, Pt. 2, included production credits by Foster the People, Wave Racer, Shlohmo, and Asher Roth. In 2015, Christopher issued two companion EPs, YSTRDY and TMRW. His “Lot to Learn” single found its way into the Top 30 on the Australian, Belgian, Norwegian, and Swedish charts.
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Indie rockers detail album, tour dates for collaborative ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ LP, out in October
Kurt Vile and Courtney released “Over Everything,” the steady new single from their collaborative LP, Lotta Sea Lice, out October 13th via Matador. In the black-and-white clip, the indie rockers sing straight into the camera while strumming their Fender electric guitars in a series of locales – a beach, city bridge and country field.
With its ragged wall of guitars, deadpan vocal delivery and stream-of-conscious lyrics, “Over Everything” sounds like a natural meeting point between the singer-songwriters’ respective styles.
The duo will promote the LP with a tour launching October 11th in San Diego, California and concluding November 11th in Austin, Texas. The jaunt will feature a backing band of revolving members, the Sea Lice, including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (the Violators, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts).
Vile and Barnett also detailed the album’s track list and revealed its collaborators, including Mozgawa, Australian music icon Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the Birthday Party) and the Dirty Three’s Mick Tuner and Jim White.
The nine-track Lotta Sea Lice includes Vile’s cover of Barnett’s 2013 track “Outta the Woodwork” and Barnett’s take on Vile’s 2011 tune “Peeping Tomboy.” The album follows Vile’s 2015 solo LP, believe i’m goin down and Barnett’s debut from the same year, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit.
“Over Everything” initially sparked the pair’s collaboration, after Philadelphia-based Vile wrote the song with the Melbourne-based Barnett’s voice in mind. They soon began swapping material and realized their intended low-key “side-project” had blossomed into something more substantial.
“The vibes were strong,” Vile told Rolling Stone of their creative process. “We discovered we could finish things on the quick, like an outlaw country singer, or Neil Young.” Barnett added, “We were mucking around, eating pizza, and we had all these songs all of a sudden.”
Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett Tour Dates
October 11 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT) October 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
October 18 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
October 20 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
October 21 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
October 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox (SOLD OUT) October 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre(SOLD OUT) October 26 – Chicago, IL @ Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT) October 27 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT) October 28 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle(SOLD OUT) October 30 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 31 – Toronto, Ontario @ Massey Hall
November 1 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre(SOLD OUT) November 3 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
November 4 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
November 6 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre @ Jersey City, NJ
November 7 – The Anthem @ Washington, DC
November 9 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
November 10 – Dallas, TX @ McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
November 11 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)
Lotta Sea Lice Track List
1. “Over Everything”
2. “Let It Go”
3. “Fear Is Like A Forest’
4. “Outta The Woodwork”
5. “Continental Breakfast”
6. “On Script”
7. “Blue Cheese”
8. “Peepin’ Tom”
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