A fresh new batch of artists has been added to the 2014 South By Southwest lineup, and there’s plenty of fodder to bring pop fans down to Austin on March 7 (if previously announced acts
like Charli XCX
, Betty Who
and A Great Big World
weren’t enough of a reason to attend). Atlanta space-rapper and father-to-be Future
will perform, as well as Red-hot
British crooner Sam Smith
and established names like Kate Nash
, Little Boots
and Little Dragon
Rounding out the new additions to the roster are Lunice (one half of TNGHT), Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar‘s TDE bros Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. More »
Free Agent is a video series where we profile artists who have decided to forge out as independent acts without the support of a major label. From those who left of their own volition to those unceremoniously dropped to those who wanted to circumvent the system altogether, these artists may not have big backing, but they have talent to spare.
Kate Nash is best known to many American fans for her highly-hyped debut LP Made of Bricks, which spawned the hit “Foundations” and went platinum in the UK. She gained a cult following for her sharply drawn storytelling, witty lyrics and catchy melodies. But then her sophomore record My Best Friend Is You underperformed, and in the ensuing years, her cathartic recording sessions for her third studio album weren’t to her label’s liking. Finally, they pulled their support of her that project, leaving Nash on her own to release her next record, Girl Talk.
“It’s like getting dumped by text or something, you know? Like, not even a conversation about it,” Nash explained. More »
We were lucky enough to get treated instead of tricked by Kate Nash
this October 31, with a Halloween-themed music video — and new track. Though things have been pretty quiet from the “Do Wah Doo”
singer following the release of her 2010 album My Best Friend Is You
(one of our favorite albums
of the year), the 25-year-old has returned with news of an EP and the perfect addition to her angry-nice-girl musical genre: “Fri-end?” (Yes, we spelled that right.) In fact, Kate wanted to make sure everyone was clear on the theme of the tune, tweeting
, “new song title is actually Fri-end? with a question mark at the end & said slow cause like you know they are totally not your friend.” Yikes! Wonder who stabbed this vamp in the back. More »
With the year just about wrapped up, we here at Idolator decided to get together, pore over our individual iPods and revisit the music that got us motivated in 2010. Perhaps some of the following 10 albums weren’t the most critically acclaimed
, but they were ones that inspired our hopes, heart-felt dreams and repeated plays while we navigated Planet Pop here on the website each day over the past 12 months. And so, in no particular order other than alphabetical…
has teamed up with the lovely “Do Wah Doo”
songstress Kate Nash
to give away a pair of tickets to several shows on her current US tour. Follow the instructions below and enter to win!
One glance at the bill for this year’s V Festival, and it’s easy to see how the annual double venue music spectacular sold out in a mere 90 minutes. From Elly Jackson’s giant black druid-esque hood, to Kate Nash
‘s fringed unitard, the theme for the festival’s second day seemed to be “Outrageous Outfits”. None of the artists, however, could compare to Goldfrapp
‘s bizarre —but wonderful—jacket that looked as though it was made from discarded VHS tapes. Flip through to see Lissie, Florence And The Machine, Mika, The Temper Trap and more highlights from the V Festival.
The last time we spoke
to darling Brit-pop singer Kate Nash, she told us that she was inspired by the HBO Documentary Cat Dancers
when coming up with the concept for her video for “Kiss That Grrrl”, the next single off her sophomore album My Best Friend Is You
. But we see a few other influences: namely, Britney Spear’s “Circus” video splashed with a dash of Katy Perry’s cheeky burlesque look. Check out the supercute sideshow below. More »
We were cursing ourselves for not being across the pond this weekend for Europe’s biggest free ticket event of the year: BCC Radio 1′s Big Weekend. Thankfully, we have some smashing concert pics that are almost as good as being there (well, not almost). Flip through to see recent Idolator interviewee Kate Nash
, our fav Brit boy band JLS
, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Alicia Keys, Marina And The Diamonds, Florence And The Machine, Rihanna, and Jason Derulo. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, catch some of the Big Weekend performances here
Fame caught Kate Nash a little off-guard – after a sudden burst of popularity on MySpace helped land her a record deal, she saw her album soar to #1 on the UK charts – and promptly suffered a breakdown. Two years later she’s back, with an album that reads as a determined effort to wrap her arms around it all. The piano-pop diary confessions of her first album have been sharpened with a biting, retro-rock energy and the power of Kate’s own gaze, now fixed on topics much bigger in scope than those in her everyday life.
In My Best Friend Is You, Kate offers her distinct perspective on the roles of groupies and homophobia, while still trying to grasp at something that seems to be lying outside the fame machine, just out of reach. “You’ll never listen to me. You’ll never listen to me. No you’ll never listen to me.” she sings on her opening track “Paris”. We were all ears when she sat down with us last week to talk about My Best Friend Is You.
Kate Nash began her L.A. show last night at the El Rey Theater by warning the audience if they weren’t there to have a good time they would be escorted out of the venue. She then kicked off the night with the first track off of <i>My Best Friend Is You</i> “Paris”. Kate’s infectiously fun attitude, combined with her dare to Angelenos to out do the other stops on her North American tour, led to the highlight of the evening: a stage full of Kate Nash fans dancing and thrashing to her new song “Take Me To A Higher Plane”. Flip through to see why Kate Nash will forever leave us feeling “Merry Happy”.