May 112010

If you are into British electropop (or listen to American Top-40 radio), you have probably heard the song “Bulletproof” by La Roux.  It’s become a bit of a dance anthem, simple but catchy.

Interestingly, understanding who La Roux is can be a study in itself. La Roux is not frontwoman-redhead Elly Jackson (even though the moniker might suggest it). La Roux is a duo–a band.  However, the other half of La Roux, Ben Langmaid, doesn’t play live with the band; three other supporting musicians take that role.   So…La Roux is a duo, but you won’t see them play together, because one half of La Roux goes on tour with three other musicians, while the other half stays home.  Get it? :)

Another anomaly: Elly Jackson’s roots are in folk music.  Go figure.

Anyhow, today La Roux is releasing The Gold EP, a set of remixes and a live performance of Bulletproof.  It’s only available by download. Also, La Roux has announced summer tour dates in the US, including a stop in Denver.  Check it out below, and check out the video montage from Coachella.

5/30     Houston, TX                     House Of Blues
6/01      Austin, TX                         La Zona Rosa
6/02     Dallas, TX                           House of Blues
6/5        Denver, CO                        Ogden Theatre
6/7        New York, NY                  Terminal 5
7/14      San Diego, CA                    4th & B
7/15      Los Angeles, CA               Nokia Theatre
7/17     Chicago, IL                         Lilith Fair
7/18      Minneapolis, MN            Lilith Fair
7/20     Indianapolis, IN              Lilith Fair
7/21      Detroit, MI                         Lilith Fair
7/22     Montreal, QB CAN           Lilith Fair
7/24     Toronto, ON CAN            Lilith Fair
7/27     Washington D.C.              9:30 Club
7/28     Baltimore, MD                  Rams Head
7/29     Philadelphia, PA              Trocadero
7/31      Atlanta, GA                        Variety
8/1         Orlando, FL                        Social
8/3        Tampa, FL                          Czar
8/4        Ft.Lauderdale, FL           Culture Room
8/6        Miami Beach, FL              Mansion

Buy “The Gold EP” on Amazon

Mar 122010


I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that American Idol has run its course. With Paula already gone, Simon soon to follow, and Kara trying to be the new Paula (cozying up to Simon and what not)–not to mention the long string of forgettable performances over the past few years–I’ll be surprised if it goes another season.

Even so, there have been a few bright spots in this year’s lineup of contestants.  On the guys’ side, I think Casey James and Michael Lynche show a lot of promise. And on the girls’ side…well, let’s just say there have been a couple of times when I was like, “Let’s just call the season off and hand it to Crystal Bowersox.”  The sound, the persona, the stage presence–you can tell she wants it, and she’s serious.

And then there was Lilly Scott.

I wasn’t just pulling for Lilly because she’s from around Denver. I was pulling for her because she’s different.  She has a unique style and sound, very current–not anything like your run-of-the-mill Idol contestant. 

On last night’s show, there were several surprises as to who went home.  But I don’t think anyone expected Lilly Scott to be voted off, and I’ve heard nothing but shock and disappointment from viewers about it.  No one can explain why she didn’t get the votes, why young Katie Stevens got into the Top 12 ahead of her.  Yeah, her performance this week was a bit weak compared to her previous ones–I get that. Was it that she didn’t have the personality to carry her through the weak performances or bad song choices? Or was it just that everyone thought she was a shoo-in for the Top 12 and didn’t bother to vote?  Who knows?  All I know is I haven’t been this disappointed since Chris Daughtry got voted off.  America definitely got this one wrong. It’s waaay too early in the season for this kind of an upset.

But, what can you do?  Today, I have one less reason to watch American Idol. But I can tell you this–I’ll be watching for more from Lilly Scott.

To get the taste of the last video out of your mouth…here is one of Lilly Scott’s brighter moments.