“Kate Nash (born 6 July 1987) is an English singer-songwriter based in London. She had a UK #2 hit “Foundations” in 2007, followed by the platinum selling UK No. 1 album Made of Bricks.”
She’s cute and red-headed. She curses like a sailor, but her indie pop lyrics are clever and outrageously quirky, her beats irresistible. She’s 22 and British and plays piano. Try NOT to love her. – EJR
PEARL AND THE BEARD
“Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul.
Former strangers Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Styles were united in the great city of New York. Each had migrated there from a far corner of the nation with naught but food in their pockets and money in their bellies. Each had the same true love. Since then the three have nested, and their unique brand of brightly melodic songcraft continues to blossom of its own accord.
Pearl and the Beard loves you the way you’ve always been.”
I first saw Pearl and the Beard at a SXSW showcase at a dive-y basement venue. They blew me away. I’m not going to lie – I expected something different from three of the goofiest indie get-ups I’ve ever seen, but I am never one to deny being pleasantly surprised. Pearl and the Beard is a trio of exceptional musicians and unflinching optimists. Their light-hearted romance and twinkling refrains are irresistible… a little pretentious, perhaps, but they’ve got the songwriting chops to back it all up. Give ’em a chance to brighten your day. They can’t help it. – EJR