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Rachael Yamagata Previews Upcoming LP & Tour with New Song (MP3)

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There’s something intriguing about Rachael Yamagata. On one level, with lyrics that are at turns cryptic and starkly confessional, she reflects qualities consistent with that of an archetypical singer/songwriter. On another, she’s got a bold streak, and in her songs she increasingly challenges herself to find new ways to broaden the scope of her musical expression.

On her third full-length album to date, Chesapeake (scheduled for release on October 11), Yamagata continues to exhibit and explore these two strands of her artistry. It’s the follow-up to her ambitious 2008 double-LP, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart, on which she expanded upon the often-sullen, piano-based template of her 2004 solo debut, Happenstance, to embrace richer textures and — by introducing her own experiments on the electric guitar to her sound — an unmistakable edge.

With Chesapeake she branches out even further, drawing on elements of rock and jazz, in particular, while maintaining an integral if not altogether dominant presence on the piano. One of the album’s most brazen tracks, “Starlight,” is available now as a free download.

Yamagata will embark on an extensive tour in support of the new album, beginning on October 24 in Portland. A full itinerary is listed below.

 

Download: “Starlight”

 

October:
24th Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
25th Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lodge
27th Ithaca, NY Deliah’s
28th Northampton, MA Iron Horse
30th Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
31st Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

November:
1st Washington, DC Birchmere
2nd Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
4th Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
5th Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
6th Cleveland, OH
7th Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
8th Chicago, IL Logan Square
10th Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
11th Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
12th Davenport, IA Redstone Room
14th Kansas City, KS Record Bar
16th Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
18th Salt Lake City, UT State Room

20th Spokane, WA A Club
21st Vancouver, BC Media Club
22nd Seattle, WA Crocodile
23rd Portland, OR Doug Fir
25th San Francisco, CA Slim’s
26th Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant & Music Club
28th San Diego, CA Casbah
29th Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
30th Tuscon, AZ Crescent Ballroom

December:
2nd Austin, TX Parish
3rd Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
4th Dallas, TX The Loft
5th Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom – 2nd Stage
7th St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
8th Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
9th Birmingham, AL Work Play
10th Atlanta, GA Vinyl
12th Knoxville, TN Relix Theatre
13th Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
15th Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
16th Charlottesville, VA The Southern
17th Louisville, KY Headliners
18th Columbus, OH The Basement
20th Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
21st New York, NY City Winery
22nd New York, NY City Winery

 

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Donald Gibson is the publisher of www.writeonmusic.com and a freelance music journalist whose byline has appeared in such publications as No Depression, Spinner, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Cinema Sentries, Blinded by Sound, and Blogcritics, where he was the Senior Music Editor (2011-2012) and Assistant Music Editor (2008-2011). He has interviewed and profiled such artists as Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan, Allen Toussaint, Boz Scaggs, Charli XCX, Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Susanna Hoffs, Bruce Hornsby, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Alan Parsons, Bill Frisell, Joan Armatrading, Christina Perri, Don Felder (The Eagles), Jimmy Webb, Katie Melua, and Buddy Guy, among many others.