Alex Winston – Careless

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Alex Winston is the New-York-by-way-of-Detroit songstress who generated a decent amount of buzz in 2012 with her debut album, King Con. Now the classically-trained opera singer turned pop singer is set to release her sophomore LP via 300 Entertainment sometime this spring. Whereas on the last effort she used others’ stories for material, the forthcoming album sees the artist step out of her comfort zone by drawing from her own experiences.

I’ve never been comfortable writing songs about myself,” she revealed to Stereogum. “It’s always been easier for me to tell stories, so I wasn’t used to being as vulnerable, but . . . I felt like I was doing myself a disservice not making the album personal because I’ve had a few tumultuous years.”

Listen to “Careless,” the lead single off the upcoming album below. Also revisit the stellar Starslinger remix of her earlier single “Sister Wife.”

Our DC readers can check out Winston at the All Things Gold concert series tonight at U Street Music Hall, along with local favorites The Walking Sticks and Louis Weeks.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Hiding

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is the eclectic Detroit duo that produces intelligent pop music wrapped up in quirky packaging. They released their LP The Speed of Things in 2013 and have been running full speed ahead ever since. The album is jam-packed with dancey and electronic indie hits, including tracks like “Hiding” and “Morning Thought” below. Seriously though, they’re all worth sampling, as their songs are laden with fantastic heartwarming hooks and seriously catchy riffs. Paul Simon even helped with production on one of their songs, “War Zone,” which is apparent upon one listen. I’m also digging the DATA Remix of their song “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” — available for streaming below.

DEJJ kicks off their headlining tour tomorrow in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, culminating at NY’s Webster Hall the end of March. Full tour schedule below, but DCers can catch them at 930 Club next month.

 

2014 TOUR DATES:

2/13 – Clevehand Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
2/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
2/15 – Indianapolis, IN @  Deluxe at Old National Center
2/16 – St.Louis, MO @  Old Rock House
2/17 – Nashville, TN @  Mercy Lounge
2/18 – Atlanta, GA @  Terminal West at King Plow
2/20 – Dallas, TX @  Trees
2/21 – Houston, TX @  Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
2/22 – Austin, TX @  Emo’s
2/24 – Albuquerque, NM @  Launchpad
2/25 – Tucson, AZ @  Club Congress
2/27 – San Diego, CA @  The Cabash
2/28 – Los Angeles, CA @  El Rey Theater
3/01 – San Francisco, CA @  The Filmore
3/03 – Portland, OR @  Doug Fir Lounge
3/05 – Seattle, WA @  Neumos
3/07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
3/08 – Denver, CO @  Bluebird Theater
3/10 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
3/12 – Minneapolis, MN @  Fine Line Music Café
3/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
3/14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
3/15 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar
3/18 – Toronto, ON @  The Hoxton
3/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
3/21 – Washington D.C. @ 9:30 Club
3/22 – Milvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/23 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
3/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/26 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall