One of the best things about being a feverish fan of British music while living in the States is getting to see massively popular UK arena acts play intimate club and theater shows here. I’ve seen Pulp, Goldfrapp, The Smiths and 3/4 of the Libertines at the height of their popularity all up close and personal.
Friday night, Paloma Faith straps on her sport stilettos for a quick sprint though the U.S. For the unaware, imagine the powerhouse vocals of Adele, the showmanship of Lady Gaga and the glamour of vintage Liz Taylor (with a dollop of Taylor Swift’s playful chic) all rolled into one tour de force. She was one of Popdose’s 13 Women You Must Hear in 2013.
Don’t take my word for it, normally Electronic Press Kits are a dreadful bore, but her EPK plays like a trailer for a major motion picture and is a crash course in her wildly fun look and sound:
And here is the steamy, dreamy video for her current single, “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”:
Paloma Faith Fall 2014 U.S. Tour Dates:
September 26 — New York, NY — Highline Ballroom
September 27 — Washington D.C. — U Street Music Hall
September 29 — Cambridge, MA — Middle East Do26wnstairs
October 2 — Minneapolis, MN — Triple Rock Social Club
October 4 — San Diego, CA — SOMA
October 5 — Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy Theatre
October 6 — San Francisco, CA — Slim’s
October 8 — Portland, OR — Wonder Ballroom
October 9 — Seattle, WA — Crocodile Café
And because we love you, Popdose readers can enter to win tickets to her final U.S. show in Seattle — simply e-mail the subject line “Paloma” to me here:
Contest Deadline is October 4th at 11:59 PM. Winner must supply a valid home or work mailing address (no PO box), tickets will be sent via FedEx ahead of the show. No other transportation or accommodations will be provided, so if you live in Montana, fuel up your car and get ready for a road trip.
The bright side, Paloma Faith‘s UK smash, A Perfect Contradiction, comes out Stateside on October 7th, so you can listen to it three dozen times during the trip.
I already feel safe in declaring this as the best album cover art of 2014 — have you seen the dreadful cover to that otherwise lovely Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett album? Seriously, iconic cover art like this is a dying art, so thank you una Paloma blanca.