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Apparently country is music is dead. Well nobody told Lindi Ortega that and she is single headedly making country music cool again.

Having toured as a backing singer with Kevin Costner and more recently Brandon Flowers, Ortega is known as Toronto’s best kept secret.
After ten years, she was picked up by Last Gang records and is now releasing her debut album Little Red Boots this month.

Little Red Boots is a gem packed full of songs about love, loss and despair.

Ortega’s voice is delightfully reminiscent of some of country music’s finest from Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash. She has the ability to transport you to Nashville’s Broadway, clicking your cowboy boots as you walk.

Highlight of the album has to be Dying of a Broken Heart which is so haunting it’s very hard to forget. It’s almost as if Ortega is tearing her heart out at every word. Singing “I don’t believe in fairytales, I don’t believe in fate.” We see Ortega’s bitterness and disillusion with love and happy endings.

There is a less serious side to the album with the cheerful Little Red Boots and I’m No Elvis Presley which instantly makes you want to walk the streets of Nashville’s Broadway and start dancing in your cowboy boots.

What’s clear about Little Red Boots is that Ortega is a natural story teller, from the cheerful to the gritty. She manages to shine through the darkness and makes the album a successful book of stories.

So is country music dead? With Lindi Ortega around that certainly is not the case. Keep an aye out as she heads for our shores reviving country music for all of us.

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Oh my. This is amazing.

When Q magazine announced that they would be releasing a covers album of U2’s infamous album Achtung Baby I was rather excited. Even more so when I heard The Killers, Snow Patrol and Jack White would each be having a go at a cover.

Jack White managed to do the usual and give the song the JW twist and the result is this :

Nothing else needs to be said really….

The magazine is out at the end of this month and features an in depth interview with U2. Tracklisting for the album is:

1. Nine Inch Nails, “Zoo Station”
2. U2, “Even Better Than The Real Thing (Jacques Lu Cont Mix)”
3. Damien Rice, “One”
4. Patti Smith, “Until The End Of The World”
5. Garbage, “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”
6. Depeche Mode, “So Cruel”
7. Snow Patrol, “Mysterious Ways”
8. The Fray, “Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World”
9. Gavin Friday, “The Fly”
10. The Killers, “Ultraviolet (Light My Way)”
11. Glasvegas, “Acrobat”
12. Jack White, “Love Is Blindness”

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First published in Clash Magazine

Tonight’s gig at Shepherds Bush is The Boxer Rebellion’s biggest headline show to date. Known for their appearance in chick flick ‘Going The Distance’, there’s always been more to the band than meets the eye.

Starting with the atmospheric ‘No Harm’, Tennessee-born Nathan Nicholson’s voice is stunning as he builds up tension before the band go straight into more energetic ‘Step Out Of The Car’.

The band has possibly the most excited look on their faces as the crowd jump along and wave their arms with serious enthusiasm. Lead guitarist Todd jumps around as if his life depends on it, leaping over to play on the barrier every now and then.

And then there’s the point where it’s about time they played that infamous song. “We’re getting tired of this one,” says Nathan, as the starts to strum the intro to ‘If You Run’. It’s beautiful, as always, but you suddenly realise that the band have so many better songs, and it’s pleasing to see that it gets less of a good reception than the likes of ‘Locked In The Basement’.

The Boxer Rebellion return for an encore and surprise the crowd with a stunning acoustic cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy The Silence’, which shows off Nathan’s unique and beautiful voice.

They finish with ‘The Gospel of Goro Adachi’ and then it’s time to leave the stage. It’s pretty clear that they don’t want to, but they can leave knowing that tonight’s show was possibly the best gig they have ever played. With a new album in the pipeline, there are still greater things to come.

 

 

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