Music, Shakespeare, Books, Art & Nature at Festivall This Weekend!

West Virginians have an exciting weekend of arts-related events this weekend thanks to Charleston’s Festivall. We at Muruch will happily attend the following:

Friday, 7pm: Hamlet by The American Shakespeare Co.
The Scottish Rites Center, Capitol Street
Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students.
Buy tickets in advance at Taylor Books or at the door

Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm: Romeo & Juliet by The Charleston Ballet
The Civic Center Little Theater
Tickets: Adults $20 in advance, $25 at door; students $15 in advance, $20 at door.Group rates also available.
Buy tickets online, Civic Ctr box office or at the door

Saturday, 8am-5pm: Library Used Book Sale
The Civic Center Little Theater
Free Admittance, books 50ยข-$2

Sunday, 1-4pm: Nature Walk w/ Live Music & Art
Sunrise Carriage Trail

Sunday, 7pm: Kate Miller-Heidke, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Janiva Magness & Storyman at Mountain Stage
Culture Center Theater
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Buy tickets online, at Taylor Books or at door

Kate Miller-Heidke: O Vertigo!

Kate Miller-Heidke’s new album, O Vertigo!, features her signature combination of quirky avante-pop and astoundingly beautiful operatic flourishes with a heavier electro-beat undercurrent than her previous releases.

The opening track and first single, “Offer It Up,” uses an electro-gospel multi-tracked choir of Kate’s voice as both backing vocals and rhythmic embellishments. We premiered the song here last month and you can stream it and other tracks below.

“Yours was the Body” is a sultry, trippy breakup anthem. From there, the theme of lost love runs through the rest of the album.

The album’s title track is quintessentially Kate: all quirky, buoyant pop and operatic trills…actually toward the end of the song it sounds like Kate is trilling, running, scatting, yodeling and possibly meowing at the same time. Her vocal range and control is supernaturally unique.

Passenger pops up on the atmospheric duet “Share Your Air” and Megan Washington sparrs with Kate on “Ghost,” which is like an updated “The Boy is Mine.”

The catchy, crazy “Jimmy” is another standout, while “What Was I To You” gives into heartbreak.

The final ballad “Bliss” is delicate and absolutely exquisite.

Kate will return to Mountain Stage on Sunday, November 26th as part of Charleston’s Festivall.

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Kate Miller-Heidke Official Site

Kate Miller-Heidke: New Song “Offer It Up” (Exclusive Premiere)

To thank Muruch‘s writers and readers for their support of her music, Kate Miller-Heidke offered us this exclusive U.S. premiere of her new single, appropriately titled “Offer It Up.” The song is featured on Kate’s new album, O Vertigo!, which will finally be released in the U.S. on October 28th.

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Kate Miller-Heidke Official Site

Kate Miller-Heidke: Nightflight

Kate Miller-Heidke’s Nightflight will make its U.S. debut on June 19th, and I’m happy to say Muruch is giving the album its first U.S. review. If Nightflight is not at the top of my best albums list this year, there must be some spectacular music ahead in 2012. While Kate’s 2010 quirky, avante-pop release Curiouser garnered her comparisons to Cyndi Lauper, the darker drama of her new songs are often closer to Muse.

The next day the sergeant
Found her blue dress in the creek
Her parents were so angry
They put the blame on me

The opener “Ride This Feeling” is a half full/half empty glass of song depending on your mood. It celebrates the exhilaration of breaking free and truly living, but also gives the sense that it’s more of a daydream than a reality for the narrator. Still, the song is driven by the desire and determination to make the dream come true.

“Sarah” is an impressive, stunning piece of work based on a true story. The chilling tale of a girl who disappears at a late ’90s music festival, the titular “Sarah” reappears a fortnight later with no memory of what happened to her. Kate’s use of operatic vocals as embellishments to the arrangement only serve to heighten the eerie tension of what is by far the stand out track on the album. You can watch the creepy video for the song below.

The album’s title track vents the myriad of frustrations and discomforts found in the unique hell that is transatlantic flight. Lyrics like “if one more person coughs on me, I’m going to punch them in the face” show Kate hasn’t lost the wry sense of humor that caught everyone’s attention with her “Facebook Song.”

The beautiful, melancholy, string-accented piano ballad “Let Me Fade” is another favorite of mine.

As the video below shows, “I’ll Change Your Mind” masks a desperate woman’s stalking of her ex-boyfriend with an upbeat, cheery pop tune.

The delicate “In The Dark” perfectly captures the bittersweet feeling which engulfs happy memories of a lost loved one.

Inspired by Irish folk music, “The Devil Wears a Suit” takes a peak at evil lurking behind closed doors. And “Fire and Iron” is a literally haunting song about the aftermath of a fatal car crash.

Kate herself says of the new album: “If Curiouser was a playful, dysfunctional adolescent, Nightflight is more like a damaged, melancholy person in her late 20s. With Nightflight, we wanted something darker and more organic, more beautiful and more expansive.”

She certainly got her wish.


Kate Miller-Heidke Official Site