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A Chance to Meet Kate Nash, Who Plays Terminal 5 on Saturday

November 6th, 2013

Like fellow London singer-songwriters Adele and Lily Allen, Kate Nash burst into public consciousness thanks to MySpace. And with the release of her first two albums, Made of Bricks and My Best Friend Is You, she became known for catchy melodies and clever lyrics. While the first two LPs leaned more toward pop, on this year’s self-released Girl Talk (stream it below), Nash’s material leaned more toward a heavier, rock-influenced sound. See her—alongside La Sera and Starlight Girls—play Terminal 5 on Saturday night.

And we’re teaming up with Kate and her team to give five lucky winners a chance to hang out with Kate at a special pizza party before getting a pair of tickets to see her live at Terminal 5 in our Facebook contest.

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A Little Bit of Everything, All Rolled into One

March 27th, 2013

Kate Nash – The Bowery Ballroom – March 26, 2013


Is it possible for someone to be both badass and cutesy? If ever there were a candidate, Kate Nash would be that person. The British rocker catapulted to fame off of the strength of “Foundations,” a highly personal relationship song released in 2007. The track reached the second spot on the UK Singles Chart through its catchy but intensely personal story of a failing relationship. Nash, disgruntled and desperate, but ever the optimist, leaves us hanging as to how it works out—presumably, poorly—but we’d now gotten a taste of her bittersweet world, and it’s highly compelling. These types of stories proved to be a recipe for success for Nash—her debut LP, Made of Bricks, peaked at No. 1 in the UK and charted here, and her follow-up, My Best Friend Is You, reached No. 8 in the UK. Both albums performed well due to breakup tracks with deftly crafted hooks.

Then, Nash released Girl Talk earlier this month, and it was a curveball. Her pop tunes were replaced by punk-y and distorted ones, and although her keen sense of melody still shines through, it’s less evident from the outset. During her show last night at The Bowery Ballroom, it seemed at first that the aforementioned badass and cutesy qualities that always defined her had split: There was the wicked punk rocker apparently without heart on “Death Proof,” who then turned around to endear the crowd in between songs, telling stories of miserable award-shows experiences. But as the night went on, it became evident that Nash kept both of her qualities intact. I found it impossible not to nod my head to Nash’s melodies while she sang her more punk-rock songs, and I’m a vehement denier of most punk. During the encore, Nash played Meredith Brooks’s “I’m a Bitch,” and before launching into the epic chorus, she gave us the key to unlocking her amazing live show and illuminating her dynamic character: “I’m a little bit of everything, all rolled into one.” —Alex Kapelman

(Try to Grow a Pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s sold-out Kate Nash show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.)

 

 

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A Double Dose of Kate Nash

November 18th, 2010


Kate Nash was born in Dublin in the late ’80s but raised in North London. Following a fall down a flight of stairs, resulting in a broken foot, her mother bought her an electric guitar. Housebound, Nash improved her guitar playing and spent plenty of time songwriting. Soon enough, she’d finished some old songs, written some new ones and then booked a show at a local bar. Emboldened by that gig going well, she uploaded some of her tracks to MySpace and got a manager. Her first album, Made of Bricks, came out in 2007, and the follow-up, My Best Friend Is You, was released this year. Kate Nash (above, doing “Paris” and “Do-Wah-Doo” for a live session on Ustream.tv) has been compared to Lilly Allen, but Nash’s music speaks for itself. Find out for yourself tomorrow at Terminal 5 and on Saturday at The Wellmont Theatre.

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Go See Kate Nash

October 22nd, 2010


Kate Nash was born in Dublin in the late ’80s but raised in North London. Following a fall down a flight of stairs, resulting in a broken foot, her mother bought her an electric guitar. Housebound, Nash improved her guitar playing and spent plenty of time songwriting. Soon enough, she’d finished some old songs, written some new ones and then booked herself a show at a local bar. Emboldened by that gig going well, she uploaded some of her tracks to MySpace and got a manager. Her first album, Made of Bricks, came out in 2007, and the follow-up, My Best Friend Is You, was released this year. Due to a similar accent, Kate Nash (above, doing “Foundations” on London Jukebox Live) has been compared to Lilly Allen, but Nash’s music speaks for itself. Find out for yourself on Friday, 11/19, at Terminal 5.