Aqualung Returns to the States for Second Leg of North American Concert Tour
Critically-Acclaimed UK Artist To Appear On Live From Home benefit concert for Housing Works, Inc.
High Profile US TV Appearances Also Scheduled: CBS 'Saturday Early Show' On July 2 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' On July 8
Aqualung, the musical brainchild of British prodigy Matt Hales, will return to the states for the second leg of a North American concert series beginning June 1 in Portland, Oregon (see itinerary following).
Aqualung is currently enjoying the growing success of Strange And Beautiful, Matt's first American album, and is scheduled for a pair of high- profile television appearances in July: "CBS Saturday Early Show" (Saturday, July 2) and "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (Friday, July 8).
Also in New York on July 8, Aqualung is scheduled to appear at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe as part of the Live From Home benefit concert series, a benefit for Housing Works, Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing healthcare, housing, advocacy and other services to homeless and formerly homeless people with HIV and AIDS.
The young singer-songwriter drew raves from the stateside press during the first leg of his North American tour. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The fragile feminine tilt of his voice recalled the hard shell of professionalism that once surrounded the profound vulnerability of the late Jeff Buckley."
Following a mesmerizing appearance at this year's SxSW Festival, Aqualung returned to the states to perform a series of North American concerts beginning with a performance at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles on April 22 and winding up at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on May 13.
"Brighter Than Sunshine," the first single from A Lot Like Love (Music From The Motion Picture), is a key song on the soundtrack from the Touchstone Pictures and Beacon Pictures romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet.
Rolling Stone, in a four-star review of 'Strange And Beautiful' in its March 10th issue, wrote: "Uniting Radiohead-ish British rock and symphonic pop in the masterly mold of Burt Bacharach, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, tenor Hales delivers keenly focused keyboard-based drama that blows away all pretenders trailing in Coldplay's wake. 'Garden State' soundtrack fans, take note."
Entertainment Weekly rated the album an "A-," praising its " ... gorgeous, lo-fi Coldplay swoons by British balladeer Matt Hales, highlighted by the must-hear title track."
According to People magazine's three-star review, "Aqualung breathes a strange beauty into these atmospheric, keyboard-driven tracks with his choirboy tenor and sumptuous arrangements that at times achieve an almost classic grandeur."
With tracks remastered for its inaugural release in America, and song selection curated by Hales, 'Strange And Beautiful' provides a perfect introduction to the music of Aqualung, an impeccably cohesive collection culled from Aqualung's critically-acclaimed best-selling UK albums, Aqualung (2002) and Still Life (2003). American audiences may already be familiar with Aqualung's music through its appearances in such hit TV programs as "Smallville," "Nip/Tuck," and "The OC."
Strange And Beautiful includes Aqualung's breakthrough single, "Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You)," the mesmerizing track which first introduced Hales' music to the public in 2002 via an enormously successful Volkswagen Beetle television ad campaign. Powerful and enigmatic, the single version of "Strange And Beautiful," from Aqualung's self-titled debut album, hit the UK singles Top 10 (#7) that same year.
Strange And Beautiful features four other songs from Aqualung -- which hit #15 on the UK albums chart in October 2002 -- including that album's second single, "Good Times Gonna Come," and "If I Fall," the title track from Aqualung's double-disk EP.
AQUALUNG TOUR DATES Jun 1 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Jun 3 Seattle, WA Showbox Theatre Jun 4 Vancouver, BC Richards On Richards Jun 6 San Francisco, CA Great American MusicHall Jun 7 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour Jun 9 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Jun 11 Salt Lake City, UT Lo Fi Cafe Jun 14 Austin, TX The Parish Jun 15 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room Jun 17 Birmingham, AL City Lights Festival Jun 18 Atlanta, GA Red Light Cafe Jun 19 Nashville, TN Third & Lindsey Jun 21 Raleigh, NC Local 506 Jun 23 Columbus, OH Little Brothers Jun 24 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues Jun 25 Covington, KY The Madhatter Jun 28 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head Jun 29 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill Music Club Jun 30 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's Jul 4 Toronto, ONT The Mod Club Jul 5 Montreal, QC Sala Rossa Jul 6 Portland, ME The Big Easy Jul 7 Providence, RI The Call Jul 8 New York, NY Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
SOURCE: Columbia Records
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