Exclusive Video: Selah Sue – ‘Covers’ with Maiya Norton

 

Just having released her debut album a couple months back, Selah Sue sat down with us to talk about her journey and her influences that led up to Selah Sue the album. Selah also shared a backstage ritual, a memorable phone call, and a live rooftop performance, amongst other juicy bits. So endearing this young starlet is – so glad we got to catch up!

Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton kicks off this new exclusive video series, Covers, on our Tribeca rooftop. Many thanks to our film man, Rashid Zakat as well.

Be sure to catch Selah on tour supporting Allen Stone and Walk Off The Earth!

Tour Dates
w/ Allen Stone
TUE – 13-NOV – FRENDALE, MI – THE MAGIC BAG
WED – 14-NOV – TORONTO, CANADA – THE OPERA HOUSE

w/ Walk Off The Earth
MON – 26-NOV – SEATTLE, WA – THE SHOWBOX
WED – 28-NOV – PORTLAND, OR – WONDER BALLROOM
THU – 29-NOV – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – THE REGENCY BALLROOM
FRI – 30-NOV – LOS ANGELES, CA – TROUBADOUR
SAT – 01-DEC – SANTA ANA, CA – YOST THEATER

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Video: Sky Ferreira – “Sad Dream”

 

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So, this little Sky Ferreira lady totally rocked out to her hipster Madonna vibes in that last “Everything Is Embarrassing” video we posted. Kinda ruled, didn’t it? This time in her new video for “Sad Video,” she’s got a little Fiona Apple thing going – how is it that this tiny lassie has got such a thick honeyed voice? We just wanna squeeze it all day long. Love.

Tour Dates
11/8 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw/Popscene
11/12 – Los Angeles, CA – Bardot/School Night
11/27 – Cambridge, MA – TT And The Bears
11/28 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
11/29 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
11/30 – Washington D.C. – DC 9

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Video: Wild Belle – “Backslider”

 

Groovy new group Wild Belle releases a third track from their upcoming 2012 album, Isles. Won’t lie, the retro hipster aesthetic of this video has kinda stolen our hearts. The song is called “Backslider” and has a smooth retro-pop feel with tropical tinges. Their other singles, “Keep You” and “It’s Too Late” also hold a similar tropical thread, mixed in with reggae, jazz, and soul vibes as well. You can watch those videos after the jump. Love the lead singer’s honeyish voice.

Hop over to the NY Times blog to read an interview with the band.

And now, carry on with your hip twisting and what not.

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Videos for “Keep You” and “It’s Too Late” + tour dates after the jump

New Release: K’Naan – ‘Country, God or the Girl’

 

K’Naan yesterday released his new album, Country, God or the Girl, boasting a diverse sound fusing pop, soul, and reggae with K’Naan’s famously catchy lyricism. Topic matter spans the gamut from politics and society, relationships and loneliness, and mental attitude.

To go with the release, Rolling Stone featured K’Naan in a video where he offers a track by track breakdown behind each song – we’d surely like to get inside the man’s head! Watch above. A new track called “Gold in Timbuktu” is also now available for streaming. Starting out like a lullaby, the song builds into a telling personal reflection. Listen below.

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Album artwork and tour dates after the jump

New Release: ZZ Ward – ‘Til The Casket Drops’

 

LA based and Oregon bred bluesy singer/songwriter ZZ Ward today dropped her new album, Til The Casket Drops, which features a mouthwatering stable of collaborators. Production from Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Fitz (Fitz and the and Tantrums), amongst others, make this a diverse and highly palatable project. And that voice coming out of that little lady – what?!

Blend in blues with a little rap, why not? Some of the feature guests include Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs who handle all that quite splendidly.

In case you missed it last time, watch the video for the first single, “Put The Gun Down,” after the jump and then fill out the widget below to download it for free!

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Tour dates + “Put The Gun Down” video after the jump