Out Now!! The Acclaimed New Album From JUDAH & THE LION ‘Pep Talks’

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THE ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM
PEP TALKS
ON CD & VINYL IN THE UK
VIA CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL / CLETUS THE VAN

STREAM IT HERE

UK HEADLINE TOUR KICKED OFF ON JULY 16TH 
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JULY 20TH

Nashville’s award winning, genre-bending trio Judah & The Lion release their acclaimed new album Pep Talks physically in the UK tomorrow via Caroline / Cletus The Van.

Pep Talks has already received high acclaim in the US from the likes of Flood Magazine, Rolling Stone, DuJour, NPR and more and has already clocked up streams in their millions, globally across Spotify alone.

Pulling together the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop this album is a brilliantly eclectic, musical journey shaped around vocalist Judah Akers’ experience of life when, during the time the band were sharing stages with heroes, touring the world and hitting new chart highs, behind the scenes his family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce.

There’s mandolins and banjos mixed with modern electronics and personal lyrics and it features hit tracks including the Top 10 US Alternative Radio chart hit ‘Over My Head’, the critically-acclaimed single ‘Pictures’, featuring country star Kacey Musgraves as well as fan-favourites ‘Why Did You Run?’, ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ and ’Alright (Frick It)’.

First rising to prominence with their US Alternative Radio No.1 hit ‘Take It All Back’ from their second album Folk Hop N Roll in 2016, Judah & The Lion have taken the US and beyond  by storm and have appeared on Good Morning America, CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel and The Late Late Show with James Corden, as well as played various festivals and toured across the globe with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, and more.

With a non-stop schedule, they are set to return to the UK as part of their headline Pep Talks World tour this summer, where they will be playing in Glasgow, Ireland and London before performing at Latitude Festival.

UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
16th July – Glasgow, King Tuts
17th July – Dublin, Ireland
19th July – London, Oslo
20th July – Latitude Festival, Suffolk
21st July – Lollapalooza, Paris
24th July – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam
25th July – Knust, Hamburg
26th July – Lido, Berlin
26th September – Kollektivet Hvitan, Falkenberg
27th September – Fåfängan, Stockholm

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PEP TALKS ACCLAIM

“…building, storming, banjos flying… the key ingredient is just – pep! There’s so much energy and velocity to these songs…” – NPR

“Over an arena-sized arrangement of acoustic strums, processed vocal samples and booming electronics, frontman Judah Akers reflects on family crises and feeling like a ‘lost kid looking for a home.’” – Rolling Stone

“Relatable and beautifully performed, the evocative release has no shortage of crossover appeal.” – Idolator

“Who thought adding some synth and a banjo would sound so good?” – Alternative Press

“…their most optimistic and hopeful record to date…” – Substream Magazine

“…a pop-folk foray into yearning, loss and the pain of moving on, distilled perfectly…” – Consequence of Sound

“The ability to narrate the human experience so sincerely is one few artists have mastered, but Judah hits on this state of mind, and in doing so, he breaks his own heart as well as ours.”– Ones to Watch

“…couldn’t be better.” – FLOOD

“Ripe with emotions and vulnerability… the song offers a more textured sound than we’ve heard from Judah & the Lion before… but with the sound of the mandolin in the background, you never lose sight of the band’s beloved roots.” – Du Jour Magazine

HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour 2018 | Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 6/9/18

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Hey there, music lovers!

I’m back with another concert review, and this time it’s for the highly anticipated “HARRY STYLES: Live On Tour” from his stop in South Florida on June 9, 2018.

We bought the tickets last year for my niece’s birthday when they were first released and had to wait a whole year for the show, but I have to say it was worth the wait! I’ve been to a lot of live shows and this, hands down, was the loudest I’ve ever been to. It all started when we arrived at the BB&T Center. We got there about 45 minutes prior to doors opening and this is the view we were greeted with:

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With that being said, I don’t think it’s necessary to arrive any earlier than the time the doors actually open. Especially if you have an actual seat. If you have general admission, however, I would advise getting there EXTRA early, unless you’d like to wait for a crowd like this to get in before you do. Also, take into consideration that everyone in front of you has to get through metal detectors, bag checks, etc. Another observation was that there were several merch tables set up inside the BB&T Center and each one had extremely long lines.

After braving the lines for merch, we sat in our seats and waited and waited. At one point, they played “Olivia” by One Direction and the crowd went nuts. They sang every word at the top of their lungs — you would’ve thought 1D was out on that stage singing with them. My niece decided she wanted more merch, so her mom and I went out to brave the lines again and missed the start of Kacey Musgraves’ set. We got to see her halfway through though and she was great. She even sang “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by *NSYNC, so she had my vote lol.

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Via Harry Styles on Twitter | Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6/9/18

Once the lights went down the crowd went crazy once again. Harry’s first song began to play and then . . . silence. There must have been some technical difficulties, so the spotlights cut off, the music stopped playing and all the lights came back on. Once everything was sorted out, the show went on without a hitch. It was actually very good! At one point, Harry walks down the middle of the crowd to a B Stage in the back of the venue. Here’s what that looked like:

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His stage set-up was great, the lights were fantastic and the vocals were on point the entire time. There was a nostalgic vibe to the whole set-up that fits the vibe of the album.

At certain points throughout the show, he would take some time to talk to people in the crowd and thank everyone for supporting him and the music, which was nice. During one of his songs, the crowd held up the flashlights on their phones and the whole venue lit up in rainbow colors. I was kinda salty that we weren’t informed about it lol, but it was a really special moment in the show. Here’s our view of what it looked like:

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Here’s the set-list for our show here in South Florida:

  1. Only Angel
  2. Woman
  3. Ever Since New York
  4. Two Ghosts
  5. Carolina
  6. Stockholm Syndrome (One Direction cover)
  7. Just a Little Bit of Your Heart (Ariana Grande cover)
  8. Medicine
  9. Meet Me in the Hallway
  10. Sweet Creature (on B Stage)
  11. If I Could Fly (One Direction cover – on B Stage)
  12. Anna
  13. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover)
  14. Sign of the Times
  15. From the Dining Table
  16. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  17. Kiwi

 

I highly recommend making it out to one of the remaining shows on the tour. This one was really special because we were there for my niece’s 14th birthday. The crowd was amazing and the whole vibe was positive and supportive. Not to mention that this album was actually fantastic and Harry does a great job performing it.

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