NYC: US Debut Of Ester Rada at The Slipper Room, Tonight

Join us tonight at The Slipper Room to witness the Israeli-Ethiopian singer, Ester Rada, in a special intimate, acoustic showcase before she flies to SXSW. She has already turned heads with Life Happens, her self-written solo EP produced by Kutiman (Thru-You) and Sabbo (Soulico). With influences such as Jill Scott, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu, Rada brings a distinct voice to soul and we are thrilled to introduce her to New York.

Giant Step Presents Ester Rada Exclusive US Debut
Monday, March 11
Slipper Room – 167 Orchard St, New York, NY
Doors: 10:00 PM
$10 Advance tickets here
More info: giantstep.net/esterrada

Check out this live acoustic performance of “Could It Be“:

 

Video Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” (Acoustic) + Exclusive Interview

 

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Ever since Hiatus Kaitoye released their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, we’ve been playing it nonstop. The soulful love song “Nakamarra” was an instant favorite, so it’s fitting that the Melbourne-based band decided to make it a single. They shot this video for the acoustic version while road tripping through the desert in Australia. We are excited to premiere the video here, and give you a few more reasons to keep Hiatus Kaitoye on your radar.

The below exclusive interview was conducted by Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton.

Giant Step: How many members are there in Hiatus Kaiyote and how did you come together to form a group?

Hiatus Kaiyote: Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Nai Palm on guitar and vocals, Simon Mavin on the keys, Perrin Moss is our drummer and Paul Bender is the bassist. We also have three backing vocalists named Jay Jay, Laura and Jace. Our formation was quite organic. Bender saw Nai play a small gig and knew immediately he had to work with her. Perrin met Nai independently and also wanted to work with her. Everyone ended up in a room one day and started jamming. Bender knew Simon quite well and asked him to be involved. They then worked transcribing Nai’s original songs and began writing together as a quartet.

GS: What was the inspiration behind your debut, Tawk Tomahawk?

HK: We were working and really vibing off of each other. Each member’s input and individual influences really shines through on the EP. We’d never heard our stuff recorded before, so it was a really inspiring process just finding out what we actually sounded like.

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Read the rest of the interview after the jump

Video: The Kills – “Baby Says” (Acoustic)

 

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Following their fourth studio album release, Blood Pressures (April 2011), The Kills invited filmmakers thirtytwo into their London studio to record live acoustic performances of three album tracks. Above we’ve featured our favorite acoustic, “Baby Says,” a sleepy melody perfect for feet-tapping and daydreaming in your nearest rocking chair. Check out the other two acoustics for “Pots and Pans” and “The Last Goodbye” on YouTube.

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