Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Suzanne Vega

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about David Bowie and how long he's been on the scene making music. While listening to Suzanne Vega's latest, Beauty & Crime (due out July 17th), it's very hard to believe that she's also been around for over 20 years. It seems like just yesterday that I was listening to Tom's Diner and Luka for the first time. Anyone remember the Lilith Festival? Suzanne was the first artist to play at the very first one back in 1997. But here it is, 20 years after her debut album, and she is poised to release her 7th album.

The eleven tracks on Beauty & Crime all revolve around Suzanne's experiences in New York City, where she was born and now lives. From the opening track, Zephyr & I, where she recounts a conversation with a grafitti artist, to strolling through the Lower East Side in Ludlow Street. Also on the album are several personal songs: a love song dedicated to her husband, Bound, as well as one for her daughter, As You Are Now (which I especially enjoy, especially as I write this after Father's day thinking about my daughter).

Suzanne Vega - Zephyr & I : Beauty & Crime

Suzanne Vega - As You Are Now
: Beauty & Crime

Suzanne Vega - Luka (acoustic) : studio version on Solitude Standing

Suzanne Vega - Stockings : WXRV Presents Live From The River Music Hall Vol. 1

Visit her website, her label Blue Note Records, and become her friend on MySpace.

Catch her on tour this fall:

7/12/2007 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
7/22/2007 Camden, NJ Wiggins Waterfront Park
9/15/2007 Poughkeepsie, NY Waryas Park
9/16/2007 Great Barrington, MA Mahaiwe Theatre
9/18/2007 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
9/19/2007 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
9/20/2007 Sommerville, MA Somerville Theatre
9/22/2007 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House
9/23/2007 Brattleboro, VT The Latchis Hotel and Theatre
9/25/2007 Montreal, QUE LaTulipe
9/26/2007 Toronto, ONT Mod Club
9/29/2007 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark
9/30/2007 Chicago, IL Park West
10/3/2007 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
10/4/2007 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
10/5/2007 Iowa City, IA Englert Civic Theater
11/29/2007 New York, NY Town Hall

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