Anya Marina Unveils Jam-Packed Schedule, Including National TV Debut Tonight
Marina will then be among the featured artists on The WB.com's highly anticipated new web series, "Rockville, CA". Created by Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, The O.C.) and executive produced by Schwartz and Chop Shop's own Alexandra Patsavas (Twilight, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy), the music-themed romantic comedy series debuts March 17th at www.thewb.com/shows/rockville-ca and www.rockvilleca.com. Anya's music has already been featured in recent episodes of a wide array of TV series, including ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CBS's How I Met Your Mother, MTV's The City, Showtime's The United States of Tara, and The CW's 90210 and Privileged.
In other news, the companion video to "Move You (SSSPII)" has just been added at mtvU. Rotation will begin on Monday, February 23. The Roman Polanski-inspired video was directed by Scott Coffey and made its debut on AOL in December.
Marina - who recently wrapped tours with Atlantic recording artists Jason Mraz and The Virgins - has slated a further run of live dates, including a hometown full-band show at San Diego's The Casbah on April 3rd. Also scheduled are a number of solo performances alongside Greg Laswell and Jay Nash, kicking off on Wednesday, February 25th at Atlanta's Vinyl and then continuing through mid-March. From there, Anya will hit Austin, Texas for a number of South By Southwest showcase appearances, including the annual Chop Shop Records showcase, to be held Saturday, March 21st at Maggie Mae's. Further North American dates will be announced shortly.
Produced by Louis XIV's Brian Karscig and Spoon's Britt Daniel, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II is a tightly honed collection of winking pop gems and slyly sexy rock 'n' roll, an ideal showcase for Marina's deft melodic sensibility and striking vocal stylings. Tracks such as "Vertigo" and "Lullaby For A Realist" are distinguished by Anya's unique lyrical perspective, at turns wryly humorous and disarmingly intimate. Other highlights include the cabaret-tinged "All The Same To Me" and an evocative cover of the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Elis Regina classic, "Waters of March."
Marina and Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II have already received copious critical commendation, including a three-star review in Rolling Stone and a full-page "Breaking Out" feature in Spin. Filter praised the album as "a playfully rhythmic and melodic collection of thought-provoking pop tunes that present a matured songwriter with a bit of edge," while Marie Claire hailed Anya for "(salting) her cutesy pop with conspiratorial whispers, cooing around hurdy-gurdy rhythms." "This lady really is a vamp," declared People, "seducing you with a sultry mix of pop, folk, blues, jazz, even bossa nova - and a Lolita-like voice that brings to mind a naughty Corinne Bailey Rae."
"The album is packed with complex pop songs and catchy choruses," applauded the San Diego Union-Tribune, adding that "with all the horns and fuzzy guitars and xylophones on her big label debut, it sounds as if she were born an indie rocker." "Marina's charms take time to slowly sink in and seduce you," noted the Boston Globe, "and they make you wonder what happened in Phase I."
Anya Marina On Tour 2009 (All Dates w/ Greg Laswell and Jay Nash except *)
25 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
26 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse
27 Easton, MD Coffee East
28 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
1 New York, NY The Canal Room
2 Vienna, VA Jammin' Java
4 Syracuse, NY Funk n' Waffles
5 Albany, NY Red Square
6 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
7 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
9 Cleveland, OH The Winchester Tavern & Music
10 Columbus, OH Rumba Café
11 Chicago, IL Martyr's
12 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
14 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
19 Austin, TX SXSW - Hotel Café Showcase @ The Parish *
21 Austin, TX SXSW - Chop Shop/Atlantic Party @ Brush Square Park *
21 Austin, TX SXSW - Chop Shop Records Showcase @ Maggie Mae's *
3 San Diego, CA The Casbah *
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