Rufus Wainwright on tour (video)

Rufus Wainwright is having a busy August! Hot on the heels of All Days are Nights, his latest album and first recording that’s just a voice and piano affair, Wainwright is hitting the road for a bunch of dates.

August 1
Paramount Theatre – Asbury Park, NJ
August 3
Opera House – Boston, MA
August 4
Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 6
The Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
August 7
The Music Center at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
August 8
Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
August 10
Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
August 11
Orchestra Hall – Minneapolis, MN
August 13
Bank of America Theatre – Chicago, IL
August 15
The Midland by AMC – Kansas City, MO
August 17
Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO
August 20
The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
August 21
Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
August 22
Uptown Theatre - Napa, CA
August 23
The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, California
August 25
Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA


Sophie Hunger makes US debut at Joe’s Pub

Singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger appears at Joe’s Pub in NYC on Thursday (details here). Hunger is supporting her new album, 1983, with a show that features songs from this effort and her other recordings, Sketches on Sea (2006) and Monday’s Ghost (2008).

Hunger is a multi-faceted performer. She can play rock riffs on the guitar one minute and folksy harmonica solos the next. But my favorite of her several musical roles is when she accompanies herself at the piano. Like Norah Jones with a bit more edge, her playing includes jazzy voicings amid carefully shaded alt-pop changes.

Here she is performing “1983″ and “Train People” from the new LP.