Posted in music | new releases | tour dates on February 4, 2007

This is new & streaming too
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Two artists whose names I've been hearing a lot lately are Young Love (young Dan Keyes) and 20-year old UK sensation Paolo Nutini. Makes sense since they both have a new album out, and they both have or had shows scheduled at Bowery Ballroom in NYC recently. Now thanks to the fact that AOL is streaming both of their albums, I've finally listened. And the verdict - Z-100 here they come. I'm not sure which CD sounds more phony.

If fellow UK sensation Mika is the new Scissor Sisters (tour dates), then Paolo Nutini is the new James Blunt (do we need one already....at all?). Paolo and James share a label too (Atlantic).

At least the emo-esque Young Love has some catchy dance songs. You might know the Bloc Party-ish "Discotech" - I'm pretty sure I hear it out all the time.

Young Love, who toured with Lady Sovereign, is also a veteran of Ultragrrrl's apartment...which is no surprise because Young Love is on Island/Def Jam (Universal) which is also home to Ultragrrrl's Stolen Transmission label. (Mika and Scissor Sisters are part of that label family as well.)

ALSO streaming at AOL: The Lily Allen record (finally out here on Capitol), and a jazzier New Orleans-themed one by Harry Connick Jr called "Oh My Nola".

From the Broadway stage and the sitcom screen to the helm of his polished big band, Harry Connick Jr. is a leading man in the most classic sense. A throwback to the days when a performer was a true Renaissance man, he’s an all-singing, all-dancing whirlwind of honest talent who somehow makes it all look easy. [Paste]
Harry is playing Radio City Music Hall on April 21st. More Harry Connick tour dates here. Lily is at Webster Hall on Saturday. More Lily tour dates here.

Feeling dirty? Check out Deerhunter or another CD on Largehearted Boy's 'week in new releases' to find something a little less adult contemporary.

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Comments (10)

i was at snl last night and 95% of the crowd had no idea who she was and sat completely still in their seats during her entire performance. i guess that was to be expected. she was adorable and i can't wait to see her at webster, even though i hate that place.

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2007 2:59 PM

well aren't you cool. she's not really hit too big over here yet so what do you expect?

Posted by lily's dog. | February 4, 2007 3:55 PM

"i guess that was to be expected."

. . .

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2007 12:45 AM

you're cool too.

Posted by lily's cat | February 5, 2007 7:56 AM

Lily has a pussy, but I don't think she has a cat.

Posted by Snarky McSnarkerson | February 5, 2007 8:48 AM

sorry dude but i think you're totally wrong about paolo.

Posted by nora | February 5, 2007 11:08 AM

"Paolo Nutini is the new James Blunt"

I read that a lot and just don't get it. Paolo Nutini may not be the best musician ever, but I think he's quite talented lyrically, has an enjoyable voice and is very entertaining live. James Blunt just makes me kind of nauseas.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2007 11:27 AM

The differences:

James Blunt - VH1 tells you to listen to him
Paolo Nutini - Bloggers tell you to listen to him

Neither are good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 5, 2007 11:47 AM

Eh...have any of you actually seen Paolo live? He has an absolutely fantastic, effortless voice, moving performances and is genuinely musically gifted. I wouldn't compare him to to any of todays artists. Al Green, now there's someone you can compare him too!

Posted by Rhona | March 2, 2007 4:41 PM

Paolo Nutini - He actually has a great raspy voice... he's not just a pretty face. And I think he's got some talent up his sleeves to keep him in the industry for a while.

Posted by Kirk | April 27, 2007 5:26 AM

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