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Live in Los Angeles: Zowie

Sounds like: La Roux, Lady Gaga, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

What’s so good?

Some artists have that creative force that sucks you in right away. The type of energy that, when the artist is on stage, you can’t help but be totally and utterly fixated in their presence. This was the case with New Zealand-based Zowie (pronounced zo-ee) at her U.S. debut held at L.A.’s Viper Room on Friday, October 15.

A younger, bubblier, and punk-poppier version of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the 22-year old Zoe Fleury jump-started the crowd with her heavy, electro-laden songs backed by a guitarist, drummer, and synths. Her petite frame bounced across the stage in hot pink Doc Martens, singing, yelping and occasionally chatting with the crowd from behind thick black bangs and a low-slinging angular bob.

Despite the sparse crowd in attendance (it was the first show of the evening at 8pm), everyone was immediately hooked. As I looked around, folks were bobbing their heads, snapping photos, and cheering the newcomer on.

Sharing management with The Presets, Zowie’s signed to Sony Music overseas and her debut is due out sometime next year. Her single “Broken Machine” debuted within the top five on the singles charts in Australia and New Zealand. She’s now off to NYC, where she’s scheduled to play six shows at the CMJ Music Festival.

In the exclusive Indie Shuffle interview, I had a chance to ask Zowie  about the origins of the band, her inspirations, dream collaborators and more. Check it out!

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Choons I’m digging… (August 2009)

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Each month I put together a mix of songs for a small grouping of close friends and family. I’ve decided to post snippets of the mix online for you to enjoy here, too!

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and feedback – especially about any new music that may be crossing your path at the moment. I’d love to hear what you’re into!

I’d also love to hear about any technologies you use for music discovery or playlist sharing.

xo

A few highlights of what I’ve been enjoying this month:

All is Love: music from the forthcoming Where the Wild Things Are film soundtrack featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…

Here we Go: a very rough cut from Zuper Blahq, Will.i.am’s super-secret side project. Amazing banger? Totally weak? U decide…

What Have I Done: Anna Ternheim, Winner of Best Female Artist and Album Of The Year at the Swedish Grammy Awards. Her album dropped a few days ago stateside..

Lions: and while Kings of Leon have graduated to full-on stadium rock, check out The Features – the first band signed to the King’s new label & partnership with Bug Music…

Exit Music for a Film: with Radiohead in the news lately here’s a cover from one of my new faves, incredible LA band Divisible doing their version of Exit Music (For a Film)

The Highest: a super groovy re-worked edit from Maxwell’s latest.

Speaking of Maxwell, make sure to check out my first feature for Yahoo! Music on the R&B singer (toot toot!). 🙂

Greg Laswell: How The Day Sounds


How The Day Sounds from Miky Wolf on Vimeo.

This tune by Greg Laswell was an important song for me last summer (July to be exact – for reasons I can explain later). So yesterday I was thrilled to be pointed towards the accompanying video. It co-stars Elijah Wood and was directed by Autumn De Wilde.  De Wilde has worked with Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, The Raconteurs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and known for her work with Elliot Smith, most notably a book of intimate photographs and conversations with the artist. 

Guest DJ Session by Autumn De Wilde on KCRW

Greg Laswell website

Greg Laswell on MySpace