April turned out to be a rough month. Much of it I missed being sick the last 2 weeks. The best concert of the month was not what I expected. I’d been looking forward to seeing Rina Sawayama for 2 years. I loved her album and expected a rock show. When the show came near the end of the month I was disappointed to see that Sawayama wanted to go more Dua Lipa than Joan Jett. She had dancers and a slimmed-down band. She also stopped multiple times during the first 2 songs because of audience members needing medical attention. The stage chat was about old boyfriends and empowerment.
The show that blew me away was one I was expecting the exact opposite. FEMMUSIC has been featuring Sasami’s videos from Squeeze. Based on the videos I was expecting a melodic experimental set. The night opened with a 3 piece woman punk band from NYC. They were listed as punk but were closer to thrash metal.
Sasami came on with her bassist and drummer in monk’s robes that when disrobed revealed 2 large men wearing kilts. The set was fierce and tight. In 45 minutes Sasami was literally in my face throwing punches and even running the guitar cord into the crowd. The biggest disappointment was that she had no encore. Sasami is alt-rock with a fine edge. Add some covers and more originals so it can be a tight 90-minute set. Sasami made me a fan and should look at metal fests next. If Warped Tour were still around she would be perfect on it.
Out today on Hulu and on-demand, Charli XCX: Alone Together, is a new documentary film presented by Greenwich Entertainment and starring and executive produced by Charli XCX, exposing the international pop superstar’s inner self in ways that have never been seen before.
When Los Angeles announced a five-week stay at home order in the early days of Covid-19, Charli told her ‘Angels’ online fan community that she would create a new album from scratch during that time. Directors Bradley & Pablo (Lil Nas X, Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Kanye West, Cardi B), were so inspired by her decision that they proposed Charli document the process for what would become their feature-length film debut. Over 39 days of shooting, Charli amassed some 5000+ clips which required over a year of editing.
From the outset, Charli connected with her Angels, creatively and emotionally. As she was making what would become her 2020 album how i’m feeling now, she collaborated with them on selecting lyrics, the album’s cover, scenes for her music videos and more. She also opened up to those fans – many of whom identify as LGBTQ+ and face stigma and feelings of alienation on an everyday basis – about her own struggles. In the process, she gained a new understanding of her emotional limits and mental health issues.
By the end of the film, what began with uncertainty blossoms into a statement of strength, hope and completion and a project that had started with one person’s idea had grown to touch the lives of thousands.
“The film solidified what we already knew about Charli: she is a true innovator,” say directors Bradley & Pablo. “She saw an opportunity to experiment and that drives her artistically. Her boldness to create during this time was incredibly inspiring.”
“We hope that audiences walk away seeing the value of human connection and the importance of community. We live in a highly individualized society but we have seen that as human beings we thrive when we work, talk, move, love and support collectively. For both Charli and the fans, we see the power of togetherness to heal and creatively push boundaries during an incredibly difficult time period.”
Charli XCX released “Beg For You” yesterday, a collaboration with Rina Sawayama.
Charli’s highly-anticipated forthcoming album, CRASH, will be released on March 18th and is the fifth and final album in her record deal. Charli kicks off her 21-date North American tour in Los Angeles on March 26th followed by her 17-date UK and European tour which starts in Dublin on May 13th. See full tour dates below.
North American live dates:
26th March – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
27th March – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
29th March – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
1st April – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
3rd April – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
6th April – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8th April – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
9th April – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX (on sale TBD)
10th April – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
12th April – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
13th April – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
15th April – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
16th April – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
18th April – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
20th April – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
22nd April – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
23rd April – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
25th April – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
26th April – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
28th April – Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
29th April – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
European live dates:
13th May – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
15th May – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
17th May – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
18th May – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
19th May – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
21st May – UEA – Norwich, UK
22nd May – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK
23rd May – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
25th May – Trianon – Paris, France*
27th May – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium*
28th May – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Today I, the iconic global pop star Charli XCX, am announcing CRASH, my highly-anticipated forthcoming album, releasing March 18th 2022. This is the fifth and final album in my record deal…
I have also released ‘New Shapes’ featuring Caroline Polachek and Christine and the Queens, and am announcing my European and North American tour, with tickets available for presale from November 10th. If you don’t stream New Shapes or purchase tickets to the tour you will most definitely burn in hell.
The announcement of CRASH follows my latest single, ‘Good Ones’, a track signaling a new chapter for me in which I embraced all that the life of a pop figurehead has to offer in today’s world – celebrity, obsession and global hits.
I was able to possess and persuade an incredible group of producers and collaborators to contribute to CRASH by using my femme fatale powers and a multitude of dark spells and curses. Some of these include A. G. Cook, George Daniel, Deaton Chris Anthony, Lotus IV, Caroline Polachek, Christine and the Queens, Oscar Holter, Digital Farm Animals, Rina Sawayama, Ian Kirkpatrik, Jason Evigan, Justin Raisen, Ariel Rechtshaid, Ilya, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jon Shave and Mike Wise. They will all remain locked in my basement forever.
In addition, I have also revealed a European and North American tour, with shows in Los Angeles, London, Paris and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday November 12th, with ticket presales beginning Wednesday November 10th.
North American live dates:
March 26 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
March 29 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
April 1 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
April 3 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
April 6 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
April 8 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
April 9 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
April 10 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
April 12 – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
April 13 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
April 15 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
April 16 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
April 18 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
April 20 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
April 22 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
April 23 – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
April 25 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
April 26 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
April 28 – Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
April 29 – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
European live dates:
May 13 – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
May 15 – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
May 17 – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
May 18 – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
May 19 – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
May 21 – UEA – Norwich, UK
May 22 – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK
May 23 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
May 25 – Trianon – Paris, France*
May 27 – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium*
May 28 – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utrecht, Netherlands
May 30 – Astra – Berlin, Germany
May 31 – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany
June 2 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain
June 4 – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
June 7 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
June 9 – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain
*Tickets for these shows go onsale to the general public on November 10th.
The powerful ballad explores the concept of a chosen family through a queer lens – highlighting the many members of the LGBTQ+ community who have been ostracized by their family, friends or community after coming out, to find love and comfort in their new ‘chosen’ family.
Speaking on the track and Elton’s involvement, Rina says: “It was such a joy and honour to rework Chosen Family with the legendary Elton John. The song means so much to both of us, and recording it together was such a special experience I will never forget. I got shivers when I heard his voice through the monitor and became emotional when he added the piano parts. Elton has been such a huge supporter from before the album, and when we finally met to record this song we clicked from the get go. I hope people can hear the magic!”
Elton says, “When I was sent ‘Comme Des Garçons’ for my Rocket Hour show, I stopped in my tracks and thought ‘who is this?’ It just blew me away from the first listen. We’ve since become friends, and it’s such a huge honour and a genuine thrill to be asked to duet with Rina. She is just an extraordinary talent. Rina doesn’t just represent the cross-cultural mix of inspiration from which the best music always thrives, but a generation who have grown up with the internet and the entire history of music at their fingertips and mix together whatever they please with real love and understanding, unconstrained by old ideas of genre or boundary. To my mind, she’s the brightest embodiment of this: a brilliant, confidence-oozing, endlessly fascinating songwriter and performer.”
Last year saw the release of Rina Sawayama’s debut album SAWAYAMA and deluxe version which featured production from the likes of Clarence Clarity (Exec producer along with Rina) and co-write from Nicole Morier (Britney Spears) and Kyle Shearer (Carly Rae Jepsen).