March 30th, 2011 by raven
Listen to this!:
Where Are You Driving?
It’s the latest songÂ performed by the amazing Young Rapture Choir of Angouleme, France.Â Patrice Cleyrat is the wild-haired, tight white-panted teacher of around 35 middle school kids who have done versions of Laura’s songs before (you can buy The Young Rapture Choir – Perform Songs of Laura Veirs CD HERE )Â The choir has also performed the works of Nirvana, The Pixies, Grandaddy and others.Â Patrice is awesome and has tons of energy and vitality and so do his kids. We love the Young Rapture Choir! Find out more about them here: youngrapturechoir.com and myspace.com/youngrapturechoir.
Pictured below: Tucker, Patrice and his wife Alicia, and Laura in Portland last year.
March 30th, 2011 by raven
Hear ye, hear ye:Â “Make it Pop!â€ a benefit concert for PDX Pop Now is hereby announced.Â Get your tickets for this special, intimate show with a great cause now!
Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper)
Israel Nebeker (of Blind Pilot)
with DJ Jeremey Petersen (opbmusic.org)
Thursday April 28th, 2011 | Doors: 6:30 pm | Music: 7:30 â€“ 11:30 pm
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205
$35 | Tickets Available Here
Ace Hotel Portland | Anne Amie Winery | Bakery Bar | Beast | Captured
by Porches Brewing | opbmusic.org | RACC Work for Art
March 8th, 2011 by raven
This child’s dad came to a show in Basel Switzerland, took a picture of Laura with his Polaroid camera and had her sign it for his daughter who couldn’t come because she was too young.
February 22nd, 2011 by laura
A few more pics of our journey…
February 21st, 2011 by laura
Ok. Welcome to the French vortex! VAN BROKE DOWN! Spent a day in a parking lot waiting for two tiny rental cars. Jammed and recorded a demo in the back of the van. That night I barfed six times before going on stage. In the morning, Tucker and Gracie followed suit. Drove two six-hour days with all knees crammed into seats and dashes. Â Tenn slept in the reeking Parisian green room bathroom and then we finished up a recording in there (the only quiet place around!). Through all these struggles Tenn, when not screaming as babies do, was a remarkably cheerful tour mascot. Â And the show in Paris was lovely. Only one show to go in London at Union Chapel with Sam Amidon tomorrow. God bless this delightful and uncomplaining touring party! xo LV
February 15th, 2011 by laura
Tucker joined us in Brussels yesterday. Hooray! We loved playing the show there last night — the place was packed and we played four encores. Â Alex and Tim were on fire and everything felt great. It was like that in Utrecht, too. Some gigs are OK and some are magic. Â We go for the magic! Touring with baby means we A. take lots of pictures of the baby and B. are so busy we don’t take so many pictures of the venues, crowds, etc. Â I’m feeling very grateful today for this wonderful life of music and for being able to bring my family to work with me. Now… for some fun times in France. See you soon…
February 10th, 2011 by laura
Hi! We are having a blast zooming around Europe. Â Three Italian shows down, now two in Switzerland, and off to Holland in the morning. Tim Young is the guitarist on fire, Alex Guy is the violist with soul, Tim Matthew is the tour manager/sound engineer/driver putting all others to shame, Gracie Koester is the super nanny and baby Tennessee is the funniest, most go-with-the-flow and cute tour mascot ever. Â The food is amazing and we’re getting a much-needed sun infusion. Â Thanks to all who have come out so far to join us at the shows. Â More soon…
January 2nd, 2011 by raven
Here’s to the new year (Year of The Rabbit).Â Let’s hop to it!
We are pleased to announce July Flame has been rated Best of 2010:
#10 American Songwriter
#47 NPR Listeners’ Poll (Thanks listeners!)
December 9th, 2010 by raven
Laura is flattered to not only to make the top 50 from American Songwriter, but the top 10!
1.Black Keys â€“ Brothers
2.Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More
3.Dylan LeBlanc â€“ Pauperâ€™s Field
4.Jamey Johnson â€“ The Guitar Song
5.Yeasayer â€“ Odd Blood
6.Robert Plant â€“ Band Of Joy
7. Phosphorescent - Hereâ€™s To Taking It Easy
8. Neil Young â€“ Le Noise
9. Arcade Fire â€“ The Suburbs
10. Laura Veirs â€“ July Flame
Also, please take a second to vote in the NPR readers poll for Laura Veirs – July Flame! (Filed under “L”)
December 1st, 2010 by raven
We’re having a sale at the Raven Marching Band Boutique
and we’re celebrating the news that in at that July Flame came in at the respectable #23 in “Paste’s Top 50 of 2010″.
July Flame makes a great gift, now available for a cool $9.59 on CD :
Laura Veirsâ€™ seventh album, released in the blustery throes of January, takes its name from a kind of peach that finds its way into farmerâ€™s-market bins in the hottest weeks of the yearâ€”a peach, the story goes, that cured her of a nasty bout with writerâ€™s block one steamy Portland afternoon a few summers back. Still, itâ€™s hard to imagine a better soundtrack to the chilly months of wood smoke, crackling leaves, deep Vs of geese honking overhead and squash simmering on kitchen stovetops than this collection of heady, steady, pensive songs. Itâ€™s a feel-good record of the oddest sort, a melancholy meditation on happiness and its delicate transienceâ€”warmer and rootsier than her earlier work, which boasted a kind of cautious experimentalism. July Flame is carefully composed, ever-deepening, glinting and glowing in new ways each time itâ€™s played; thereâ€™s an inkling of something greater coming just around the bend, but for now itâ€™s Veirsâ€™ finest work. And so let us curl up in our burrows with these songs and our own flickering July flames â€™til the green shoots return and the rivers run full again. â€œItâ€™s gonna take a long, long time,â€ Veirs sings on her resolute final track. â€œBut weâ€™re gonna make something so fine.â€â€”Rachael Maddux