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Lily Allen Launches It's Not Me, It's You With MySpace 'Secret Shows'

2/10/2009 5:05pm EST
Lily Allen
Lily Allen's new album, It's Not Me, It's You, is in stores today - and she celebrated the occasion with a performance on NBC's "Today" show this morning and will perform at a MySpace Secret Show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom tonight. With free Secret Shows also scheduled in Tokyo and London, the concerts mark the first time a single artist will take part in multiple MySpace Secret Shows on a global level.

Allen will perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on February 16th and on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on February 18th. She'll return home thereafter for a series of U.K. d...

The Bird And The Bee Announce Tour Dates; New Album Out Jan. 27

1/25/2009 10:00am EST
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the bird and the bee, the irrepressible L.A. duo made up of singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin, have announced that they will hit the road for a short run of U.S. tour dates on the heels of the January 27 release of Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, their second full-length album, which finds them charting new sonic terrain as they take their stylish '60s pop and Brazilian influence deeper into the psychedelic period of rock and the Tropicalia era.

the bird and the bee will also be making appearances on two major late night TV shows, performing January 26 on NBC'...

Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' Set For Feb. 10 Release

1/11/2009 11:00am EST
Lily Allen
On February 10th, 2009, Capitol Records will release It's Not Me, It's You, the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. Recorded at Eagle Rock Studios in Los Angeles, the album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

"We decided to try and make ...

Jem Comes 'Down To Earth' On September 16 With New Album

8/15/2008 8:12am EDT
Welsh recording artist Jem will release her sophomore album, Down To Earth, on September 16 on ATO Records. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2004 debut, Down To Earth is a collection of twelve infectious new songs that feature Jem's ethereal vocals, hip-shaking beats, bright melodies and introspective lyrics. "It's Amazing," the first single off the album, is featured on the original soundtrack to the highly anticipated feature film version of the beloved HBO television series Sex And The City.

Jem co-wrote Down To Earth with cohorts old and new including hip-hop producer Jeff Bass, one...

McMainstream: The Evolving Independence Of The Music Scene

3/3/2008 11:10am EST
Paolo Nutini
As I perused the soundtracks section of a local music store last week, I stumbled upon the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack, Volume 3. Having apparently missed Volumes 1 and 2, and, admittedly, having only caught the actual show on one or two occasions, I had little notion of Grey's musical backdrop.

But I went in with my assumptions. After all, this is the show that brought "McDreamy" to our national lexicon. Wouldn’t it follow that its music would be lighthearted, upbeat, and, well... McDreamy?

That’s when I flipped the CD over and read the names of the artists on the back.

The ...

The Bird And The Bee Announces Digital-Only Release Of Their New Valentine's Day EP

2/10/2008 9:00am EST
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The past year has been an eventful one for the bird and the bee, the Los Angeles band made up of singer Inara George and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Kurstin.

The Los Angeles Times named them one of "10 Bands on the Horizon for 2007" and their self-titled debut, a deliciously subversive indie-pop album, was released in January to rave reviews. The New Yorker called it "a sure delight" and Rolling Stone described their distinct sound as "audible sunshine." Their music could be heard on shows like Grey's Anatomy, and they toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, bo...

The Bird And The Bee To Tour With Lily Allen In UK & US

3/13/2007 11:13am EDT
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The Bird and the Bee, the L.A. duo made up of singer Inara George and keyboardist/producer Greg Kurstin, have announced that they will be the opening act for British singer Lily Allen on 22 upcoming concert dates throughout the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada.

Kurstin, a prolific producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Beck and The Flaming Lips, also produced and co-wrote three tracks ("Everything's Just Wonderful," "Not Big," and "Alfie") on Allen's debut Alright, Still, which was just released by Capitol Records in the U.S.

The Bird and the Bee's self-ti...

The Bird And The Bee Named One Of "10 bands On The Horizon In 2007" By The L.A. Times; We Agree!

2/8/2007 2:00pm EST
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Inara George and Greg Kurstin, alias the bird and the bee, are an army of two. They listen to everything, and answer to no one. They started playing Jazz standards together, and when they were all out of covers, they wrote some songs of their own.

The outcome is their self-titled debut, an indie pop album that sparkles with tunes that recall Everything But The Girl, Broadcast, Jem, and the lush sensuality of jazz and bossa nova. A sweet and semi-psychedelic ode to sun drenched lazy days.

Over the course of 3 years, they whiled away scattered afternoons in Greg's home studio in Ech...