Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, released her new solo album “Crush Songs” on September 9, 2014. To promote the album (or just to hear these old tracks finally played in front of a live crowd), Karen O has schedule a limited engagement tour in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London. Her LA dates include a three-night stint at the Masonic Lodge Temple in the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. While Karen O is commonly known for her rambuctions punk-rock vocals and her wild, unpredictable antics on stage with the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, this show is likely to be dramatically different. Different? Sure. But who is going to turn down an intimate evening with Karen O!? Not me.
“Crush Songs” is a bare-bones collection of 15 short songs recorded between 2006 and 2010 that mostly involve Karen O softly strumming her guitar and singing quietly into the microphone, as if there was no microphone there at all. This collection of songs sound more like an unfinished collection of thoughts than a complete record. It seems as if each song attempts to encapsulate a particular fleeting moment in Karen’s life between 2006 and 2010, and now she wants her fans to relive that journey with her. In Karen’s own words: “When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope it keeps you company on yours.”
That said, even if this tour is more like every other Beck tour than a raucous, banging Yeah Yeah Yeah’s set, as long as Karen O is playing, I’m in. There are three shows currently scheduled, but seating is limited at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary, and these shows will sell out fast if they haven’t already. Tickets are availabe here.
09/10/14 Manderley Bar, McKittrick Hotel New York, NY
09/11/14 Manderley Bar, McKittrick Hotel New York, NY
09/12/14 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
09/16/14 Amoeba In-Store, Hollywood, CA
09/17/14 Masonic Lodge Temple, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Los Angeles, CA
09/18/14 Masonic Lodge Temple, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Los Angeles, CA
09/19/14 Masonic Lodge Temple, Hollywood Forever Cemetary, Los Angeles, CA
09/22/14 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
10/04/14 Bush Hall, London, United Kingdom
10/05/14 Bush Hall, London, United Kingdom
10/07/14 Telekom Electronic Beats presents Karen O at Heimathafen, Berlin, Germany