Jessie Ware Ends Her First US Tour at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco + Video

Nearly two months ago I was lucky enough to catch Jessie Ware’s first ever American show at the posh Lower East Side speakeasy, The Box. At the time Jessie was simply excited to play her first stateside gig. However, onstage at the last show of her first US tour at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop she expressed a series of mixed emotions at the tour’s conclusion. San Francisco showed Jessie a lot of love in response.
Jessie did make the official onstage announcement of her Coachella appearance (the lineup was announced shortly before the show), and promised to visit the Bay Area again very soon.  I look forward to seeing Jessie Ware hit the festival stage this spring at Primavera Sound in Barcelona (I swear I’m not stalking her tour).
I must also add that the Popscene DJs who played between opening set from Rochelle Jordan (also one to look out for) and Jessie Ware really got the crowd moving!
Check out the full gallery here.    

…Yes that is someone filming the whole thing on their iPad.
Jessie Ware Ends Her First US Tour at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco + Video

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Nearly two months ago I was lucky enough to catch Jessie Ware’s first ever American show at the posh Lower East Side speakeasy, The Box. At the time Jessie was simply excited to play her first stateside gig. However, onstage at the last show of her first US tour at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop she expressed a series of mixed emotions at the tour’s conclusion. San Francisco showed Jessie a lot of love in response.

Jessie did make the official onstage announcement of her Coachella appearance (the lineup was announced shortly before the show), and promised to visit the Bay Area again very soon.  I look forward to seeing Jessie Ware hit the festival stage this spring at Primavera Sound in Barcelona (I swear I’m not stalking her tour).

I must also add that the Popscene DJs who played between opening set from Rochelle Jordan (also one to look out for) and Jessie Ware really got the crowd moving!

Check out the full gallery here.

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…Yes that is someone filming the whole thing on their iPad.

Presenting The Best Albums of 2012 #’s 1 -5.
The rest: #6 - 10, #11 - 15 

Number 5
Artist: Jessie Ware
Album: Devotion
Label: Island / Cherrytree
Released: August 20, 2012
Peak on UK Charts: 5
Peak on US Charts: N/A
Recognition: Sam Wolfson of NME wrote ”Like all the great British pop records of the past five years, ‘Devotion’ combines the present and the past to make a record that sounds both contemporary and timeless. ”
Stream: 110%

Purchase Devotion

Number 4
Artist: Grimes
Album: Visions
Label: 4AD / Artbrutus
Released: February 21, 2012
Peak on UK Charts: 67
Peak on US Charts: 98
Recognition: Hayley Avron of Drowned in Sound wrote "Let Visions run alongside your life. Dance to it. Sing along. Ignore the fact that half the time, you really can’t grasp what you’re supposed to be singing about. Just make the noises. Let it mean what you need it to mean. And there you have it. Your new favourite album. Hard work, but ultimately rewarding.” 
Stream: Oblivion

Purchase Visions

Number 3
Artist: Cat Power
Album: Sun
Label: Matador
Released: August 29, 2012
Peak on UK Charts: 33
Peak on US Charts: 10
Recognition: Jem Aswad of Billboard wrote ”'Sun' isn't as cuddly as “The Greatest,” but it finds Marshall continuing to evolve as an artist in intriguing and unexpected ways.”
Stream: Manhattan

Purchase Sun

Number 2
Artist: Purity Ring
Album: Shrines
Label: 4AD / Last Gang Records
Released: July 24, 2012
Peak on UK Charts: N/A
Peak on US Charts: N/A
Recognition: Jude Clarke of BBC Music wrote "Purity Ring have pulled off the feat of producing one of the year’s most arresting debuts – a Grimm Tales for the 2010s, shrouded in the illusory threads of contemporary club music – while sounding like no-one else but themselves." 
Stream: Fiction

Purchase Shrines

Number 1
Artist: Bat for Lashes
Album: The Haunted Man
Label: Parlophone
Released: October 11, 2012
Peak on UK Charts: 6
Peak on US Charts: 64
Recognition: Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote "The Haunted Man sounds like a bold, confident album that strips away a lot of the sonic embellishments from Khan’s sound. Apparently nothing could be further from the truth: it’s the product of some tortuous sessions, during which Khan was beset by fears that she’d never make another album, but you’d struggle to work that out from listening to it."
Stream: All Your Gold

Purchase The Haunted Man

Presenting The Best Albums of 2012 #’s 1 -5.

The rest: #6 - 10, #11 - 15 

Devotion

Number 5 Artist: Jessie Ware Album: Devotion

Label: Island / Cherrytree

Released: August 20, 2012

Peak on UK Charts: 5

Peak on US Charts: N/A

Recognition: Sam Wolfson of NME wrote ”Like all the great British pop records of the past five years, ‘Devotion’ combines the present and the past to make a record that sounds both contemporary and timeless. ”

Stream: 110%

Purchase Devotion

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Number 4 Artist: Grimes Album: Visions

Label: 4AD / Artbrutus

Released: February 21, 2012

Peak on UK Charts: 67

Peak on US Charts: 98

Recognition: Hayley Avron of Drowned in Sound wrote "Let Visions run alongside your life. Dance to it. Sing along. Ignore the fact that half the time, you really can’t grasp what you’re supposed to be singing about. Just make the noises. Let it mean what you need it to mean. And there you have it. Your new favourite album. Hard work, but ultimately rewarding.” 

Stream: Oblivion

Purchase Visions

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Number 3 Artist: Cat Power Album: Sun

Label: Matador

Released: August 29, 2012

Peak on UK Charts: 33

Peak on US Charts: 10

Recognition: Jem Aswad of Billboard wrote ”'Sun' isn't as cuddly as “The Greatest,” but it finds Marshall continuing to evolve as an artist in intriguing and unexpected ways.”

Stream: Manhattan

Purchase Sun

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Number 2 Artist: Purity Ring Album: Shrines

Label: 4AD / Last Gang Records

Released: July 24, 2012

Peak on UK Charts: N/A

Peak on US Charts: N/A

Recognition: Jude Clarke of BBC Music wrote "Purity Ring have pulled off the feat of producing one of the year’s most arresting debuts – a Grimm Tales for the 2010s, shrouded in the illusory threads of contemporary club music – while sounding like no-one else but themselves." 

Stream: Fiction

Purchase Shrines

BAT FOR LASHES - the haunted man Number 1 Artist: Bat for Lashes Album: The Haunted Man

Label: Parlophone

Released: October 11, 2012

Peak on UK Charts: 6

Peak on US Charts: 64

Recognition: Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote "The Haunted Man sounds like a bold, confident album that strips away a lot of the sonic embellishments from Khan’s sound. Apparently nothing could be further from the truth: it’s the product of some tortuous sessions, during which Khan was beset by fears that she’d never make another album, but you’d struggle to work that out from listening to it."

Stream: All Your Gold

Purchase The Haunted Man

Jessie Ware’s US Debut at New York City’s The Box

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Last Monday night South London’s Jessie Ware made her stateside debut at the Lower East Side speakeasy The Box. In the extremely intimate show Jessie jokingly shared insight into the 110% sample clearance debacle, the fact that her sister (a recent New Yorker) had “nicked a willie” from said venue, and that Jessie Ware is basically a cover band. 

Jessie’s hypnotic 10-song performance in fact did include 2 covers, Brownstone's If You Love Me (reincarnated with BenZel earlier this year - video below) and the Sampha-produced cover of Bobby Caldwell's What You Won’t Do For Love. Check out Jessie Ware’s video for Sweet Talk along with the newly-released collaboration with Katy B called Aaliyah. More iPhone pictures from the show here

Set List: Devotion // Night Light // 110% // If You Love Me (Brownstone Cover) // Sweet Talk // Swansong // What You Won’t Do For Love // No to Love / I Want You // Wildest Moments // Running 

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Jessie Ware will head out on a short U.S. tour in January. Dates:

1/14 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

1/15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
1/17 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
1/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

1/23 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

1/24 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
2/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar