This Buzz for You: Adrien Reju, Lucky Ones

I'll never forget the first time I heard Adrien Reju sing, just her and her guitar, on a Friday in May 2008 at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia. The first notes of "Seasons," a song from The Lowlands Bark & Twine album, came out and I smiled one of the biggest smiles I can smile, simply blown away by the depth and strength of a voice I knew I wouldn't forget. Out of all the shows I've seen (and heard) since that night four years and a bit ago, I really can't remember being as struck hearing someone live for the first time as I was then.

If you've not yet heard Adrien and need your first listen of her music, you should very much explore her latest EP, Lucky Ones, released August 15th. In some respects, Lucky Ones is a bit of a departure in sound, more pop than either her debut EP Reju or her full-length album A Million Hearts, thanks to a greater variety of instruments behind her and a heavier sound on drums and bass lines. Though a departure from what longtime listeners would expect, Lucky Ones shows evolution and growth, and doesn't fall into the trap of overproduction and kitsch when trying to make something new within a genre of many voices that sometimes all sound the same. On songs like EP's opening track "All to Myself" or "Good Man" we hear a harder and edgier sounding Adrien Reju, but there's nothing displeasing about that and, perhaps more importantly, it doesn't sound out of place. Lucky Ones still has echoes of Adrien's earlier albums--"Crazy" and "The Lucky Ones" will sound familiar to those who enjoyed "Fire Away" and "Heartless" on A Million Hearts--but shows a fantastically gifted artist growing her style with a big, full voice that truly separates Adrien from a very crowded field of singer-songwriters.

Lucky Ones is available now.

For Adrien's upcoming tour dates, keep an eye on her website: http://adrienreju.com/

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Biweekly Album Picks

From Kim:

Sea Wolf ~ White Water, White Bloom

Visit: www.seawolfmusic.com


From Holly:

Shovels & Rope ~ O' Be Joyful

Visit: www.shovelsandrope.com


From Vincent:

Cat Power ~ Sun

Visit: www.catpowermusic.com


From Linda:

Sharon Van Etten ~ Tramp

Visit: www.sharonvanetten.com


From Sara:

Father John Misty ~ Fear Fun

Visit: www.fatherjohnmisty.com


From Ben:

Dirty Projectors ~ Swing Lo Magellan

Visit: www.dirtyprojectors.net


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Olympic Buzz

Holly lands interview, and several Buzz About Staffers and friends share photos taken during the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. We are happy to share smiles, and a few laughs!

Holly Lands Exclusive Interview



Photos:

Portland, Oregon

Our very own Levo during the semifinal U.S. Women's soccer match, "Watching full screen at lunch break and then half-screen while I "should" be doing doing work..."


Lexington, Kentucky

Steve willing softball to return to the Olympic Games, plays a competitive game of his own!


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lisa, from our interview's section, "I did some sort of somersault when Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their match against China sending them to the Gold Medal Match. I landed a quarter of an inch from furniture, so scored the somersault a ten!"


The Great State of Texas

From Sarah, "While the rhythmic gymnasts gracefully did their routines, I learned I should never try to copy them. Ribbons mean business, people!"


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Julia sports Buzz About gear while watching the U.S. Women's Soccer Gold Medal match!


New York, New York

While most of our staff was watching the U.S. Women's Soccer take Gold in their match against Japan, Vincent was hanging out with Janeane Garofalo!


Hatfield, Pennsylvania

From Bert, during the U.S. Women's Soccer final, "Unfortunately, Ranger was not impressed. I, on the other had, was glued to the edge of my seat." 

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Gabriel Kelley - It Don't Come Easy

One must only listen to Gabriel Kelley perform live to understand why the once professional songwriter on Nashville's Music Row left behind writing for others in order to tell his own story.

A self described "long-haired granola kid," Gabriel Kelley is quickly making his mark as a singer-songwriter, touring nationally in support of his debut record, It Don't Come Easy

Growing up in rural Georgia, the music of Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and John Prine played a prominent role for Kelley as a child.

Lyrical prowess and earthy vocals make It Don't Come Easy a strong debut from Gabriel Kelley. 

Gabriel Kelley's "See Ya Comin'" is a favorite from It Don't Come Easy. Listen to "See Ya Comin'" while watching a bit of behind the scenes footage from the start of Gabriel's tour:



Gabriel Kelley has several stops left on his tour, including Oklahoma, Illinois and East Coast stops in Delaware and New York. For a full list of tour dates, and more information on Gabriel Kelley visit: http://www.gabrielkelley.com

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Biweekly Album Picks

From Kim:

Passion Pit ~ Gossamer

Visit: www.passionpitmusic.com


From Holly:

KT Tunstall ~ Drastic Fantastic

Visit: www.kttunstall.com


From Vincent:

Aimee Mann ~ Charmer

Visit: www.aimeemann.com


From Linda:

Delta Rae ~ Bottom of the River

Visit: www.deltarae.com


From Sara:

Joshua Radin ~ Underwater

Visit: www.joshuaradin.com


From Ben:

Pitbull ~ I Am Armando

Visit: www.pitbullmusic.com

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