Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor is set to unveil a new track recorded especially for her debut appearance on The CW’s hit series, One Tree Hill. The song, entitled “Can’t Be Love,” arrives at all DSPs on October 19th.

That same day will see the Dublin-based singer performing “Can’t Be Love” as part of her television acting debut on the long-running drama. Izibor will join the One Tree Hill cast as “Erin,” a recurring role slated to appear throughout the series’ current season. [Read more…]

Interview with Mike Grubbs from Wakey! Wakey!

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Between busy schedules of being the lead singer and songwriter from indie rock band Wakey! Wakey! and playing bartender “Grubbs” on One Tree Hill, Michael Grubbs took the time to answer some questions on how the summer tour is going and what music he recommends for 2010.

Keep reading for our interview with Mike.

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Wakey! Wakey! Plays Sold Out Show at Schubas!

Wakey! Wakey!
Schubas – Chicago, IL

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Like many others I hopped on the Wakey! Wakey! bandwagon via One Tree Hill. I honestly had no idea who WW was until I saw Mike Grubbs play “Grubbs” on One Tree Hill and I have to say I was hooked. His catchy lyrics and fun hooks really got me reeled in. I was oh too excited to hear he would be coming thru the Chi. I knew I had to try and catch this show. Even tho it was a school night for me, I made the tread out to the city and boy am I glad I did!

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Kate Voegele’s Pop Train hits Soma in San Diego

Kate Voegele
Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA

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When I first heard that I was going to Soma to check out Kate Voegele, I was stoked. I was amped to check out one of this year’s hottest new teeny bopper bands that was causing a raucus on Myspace and teen focussed sitcoms on the WB. I didn’t know too much about Kate other than that she was gorgeous and her music sounded typical bubblegum pop, which I’m totally okay with.

First of all, Soma is a pretty cool venue. I heard through the grapevine that the venue used to be an old movie theater. I’ve checked out the Soma calendar previously and there are some great alternative and Indie bands that make a stop at Soma while in San Diego. As soon as we walked into where the stage was, it was ridiculously hot and stuffy. There was absolutely no air conditioning, no ventilation system, nada. We waited 20 minutes after 9:00 for Kate to come on and my crew and I were sweating bullets.

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Chicago Will Always “Be OK” When Ingrid Michaelson Stops By

Ingrid Michaelson
Park West – Chicago, IL
November 19, 2008

Ingrid Michaelson Park West - Chicago, ILEach time I see Ingrid Michaelson perform, I laugh more than the last time, which happened to be at the Park West also.  Michaelson could seriously be a stand up comedian if she ever wanted to give up the whole music career thing she’s got going on. I am not joking – this girl is REALLY funny. Ingrid can feed off of any audience’s reaction, outburst, or expression and make the greatest remark or comeback. And don’t even get me started on her impressions, imitations, and comical voices. For your information, her Staten Island accent is amazing. You may not have known this previously, but Michaelson was a theater major in college and wanted to be a professional stage actress. This was her life path before her song “The Way I Am” was placed in an Old Navy commercial last fall that got EVERYBODY in the U.S. asking themselves “Who is this?” Ingrid has now had the following songs placed – she is the queen of licensing!

“The Way I Am” – Old Navy & Grey’s Anatomy

“Starting Now” – Lipstick Jungle

“Corner of Your Heart” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Giving Up” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Keep Breathing” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Be OK” – House Bunny

“Breakable” – Grey’s Anatomy

“Masochist” – One Tree Hill

“Overboard” – One Tree Hill

Be OK is the latest album released by Ingrid Michaelson on her own indie label – Cabin 24. If you can’t get enough of her debut album Girls and Boys, make sure you pick up Be OK because you will LOVE it! And if you’re in the mood for comedy plus great music, check out Ingrid when she stops through a city near you on her “Be OK” tour. Michaelson is a true entertainer in every aspect. Not only can she sing and act, but she plays the acoustic guitar, ukulele, keyboard AND writes her own songs! Trust me, you’ll fall in love with this girl the second you hear or see her.  Plus, Michaelson usually always performs her solo signature acoustic cover of Radiohead’s hit “Creep,” which you DO NOT want to miss.  It is such a good version of that song!  More photos after the jump…

Kate Voegele Comes Back to Chicago

Kate Voegele
Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL

Kate Voegele is a busy girl these days. Her fan base has grown so much since the last time I saw her show back in February. What a difference! The all-ages show was packed with several One Tree Hill fans. It was so hard to get a good spot in the joint.  Kate always amazes me; I still don’t know how such a large voice can come out of such a tiny girl. Kate played songs from her album Don’t Look Away and graced us with some new songs including “Lift Me Up” which is on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack for the Olympics.

For other shows of Kate that we have covered you can check them out here and over here or for interviews with Kate go here and here!

More photos of Kate Voegele in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen:

8/23 Gurnee, IL Gurnee Mills

8/24 Cleveland, OH HOB

8/26 Philadelphia, PA World Café

8/27 Norfolk, VA Norva

8/29 St. Petersburg, FL State Theater

8/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

8/31 Orlando, FL Social

9/3 Atlanta, GA The Loft

9/4 Birmingham, AL Workplay

9/5 New Orleans, LA House of Blues Parish

9/6 Houston, TX Wherehouse Studios

9/7 Dallas, TX The Loft

9/10 Los Angeles, CA Roxy

9/11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

9/12 Santa Barbara, CA West Beach

9/13 San Diego, CA SOMA Sidestage

9/14 Phoenix, AZ Martini Ranch

9/16 Denver, CO Bluebird

9/18 St. Louis, MO FuBar

9/19 Indianapolis, IN Music Mill

9/20 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater

9/21 Detroit, MI Crofoot Ballroom

9/23 Toronto, ON El Mocambo

9/24 Rochester, NY Water Street

9/25 New York, NY Irving Plaza

9/26 Boston, MA Somerville

9/27 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

9/28 South Hackensack, NJ School of Rock

9/30 Baltimore, MD 8×10

10/1 Fallas Church, VA State Theater

10/3 Westchester, PA West Chester University

10/5 Salisbury, MD Salisbury University

My New Favorite Artist = Ingrid Michaelson

So my Music Publishing teacher came into class after returning from SXSW raving about how his new favorite artist is this girl named Ingrid Michaelson. He proceeded to tell us that he attended a panel discussion in Austin during the music festival where Ingrid’s manager was a guest speaker. He then told us that Ingrid’s manager and lawyer were geniuses when it came to the deals they established in Ingrid’s music career. After breaking down her royalty collections from her CD sales and comparing that amount to what Ms. Michaelson would have received if signed to a major label, I was hooked. I had to know everything about this singer/songwriter who is now a millionaire from doing everything herself without the “help” of a major. So of course I jumped at the chance to interview her and ask her how she pulled it off. Read on to hear what Ingrid Michaelson has to say about the music industry and what it’s like to be the “girl who’s doing it all by herself.”

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Kate Voegele of One Tree Hill Interview – Part 2

Kate Voegele Interview – Part 2
Schubas – Chicago, IL

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Listen up One Tree Hill fans! Kate got back to me via email and we now have the second half of our interview from her Chicago tour stop. To read Part One click here. Let’s just get right to it:

1) Where would you like to tour next after making your way through the U.S.? I would so love to tour Europe. I’ve never been there before, so seeing everything and experiencing the culture would be so amazing on top of playing shows there.

2) What do you do in your down time to keep your musical skills “up to par”? What down time?? Ha. I don’t have a lot of time where I’m not working, but to keep my musical skills up to par I like to learn songs that I’m into at the time or maybe mess with an alternate tuning on the guitar. I’ve also been writing on piano a lot and learning to accompany myself live with chords for versatility.

3) Who would you love to work with in a future musical collaboration (producers, songwriters, singers, bands) who you have not previously worked with? I love what Jon Brion did with Fiona Apple’s “When the Pawn,” and Ethan Johns does amazing work with Ryan Adams. Though both of those artists and records aren’t necessarily exactly similar to my music, I’d love to make an album with a different sound similar to both of those at some point.

4) If given the opportunity, what artist or band would you love to meet and interview? I would love to meet Patty Griffin and just get inside her head about her process. She’s such a songwriting genius and her delivery is unbelievable. I love every single record she’s put out.

5) Do you feel that acting on One Tree Hill takes away from your primary focus as a musician? Acting on One Tree Hill has been nothing but beneficial, and I don’t think it takes away from my focus at all. If anything, it only encourages it because I’m playing my own songs on the show and playing a musician. The show has been such an amazing platform for me to create awareness about my music.

6) How do you like playing the character of Mia on One Tree Hill? I love it! Acting is such an artistic experience. Mia is a great character too. She’s so young-spirited and even though she’s timid at first, she has a really playful personality underneath it. Everyone I worked with was amazing too, and so welcoming.

7) How did the role of Mia on One Tree Hill come about? I went to an audition casting call in LA last summer totally not expecting to get the role. I hadn’t had much acting experience at all but I went in anyway and read for the part. After I read my lines, the creator of the show said, “Kate, I know music is your gig but you could do this for a living too you know.” I was completely floored because I had no idea what to expect. Two weeks later, I was shooting my first episode. It was fun and especially exciting because I had to audition so it really felt like I earned it.

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Kate Voegele of One Tree Hill Interview Part 1

Kate Voegele Interview – Part 1
Schubas, Chicago

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I got to sit down and chat with Kate Voegele on Sunday night right before she performed to a SOLD OUT crowd at one of Chicago’s fav venues – Schubas. We talked for about an hour at Harmony Grill, the restaurant attached to Schubas and here is Part 1 of the interview. Stay tuned for Part 2 – coming soon! In the meantime, go check out Kate on her current headlining tour If she is not coming to a town near you, check her out on One Tree Hill, which airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on CW.

When you were growing up, how did you make your first connections to music? What is your earliest musical memory? Did your mom and dad influence you?

My dad has always played the guitar and was a songwriter just as a hobby. So I grew up with him singing James Taylor when I was a baby, my mom would sing me to sleep with blah blah blah, so I kind of learned to sing and stuff when I was really little and was really interested in music and stuff , I was in choir and everything, but I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 15 really. My dad bought me one in 5th grade, he played and he wanted us to play, but I didn’t want to cut my fingernails so. When I went to high school I thought it would be fun, but I never had the intention of “ooh I want to be famous” So I accidentally stumbled upon something and now it’s what I want to do and love it.

Did you take piano/voice/guitar lessons or did you learn to play by ear?

My dad taught me, he played forever. So I never officially taken guitar lessons or voice lessons, I took a couple voice lessons here and there when I have something big to do. Not to say that lessons aren’t a great thing, I’m sure that would help me out, but I just kind of I never planned on doing anything with it, it’s like oh whatever, I never worried about it.

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Do you know how to read and write on staff paper/sheet music?

I did it in choir and high school, so I know how to, but I don’t do it for guitar when I write songs I never score them out, I will just write down the solfedge intervals I learned in choir, that is how I write a melody out. Do Re Mi, I use that.

Do you have any “under the radar” artists that you are listening to or that you know about that you think the world should know of?

Definitely! There are so many artists that I love who I don’t think get enough recognition. I really love old country and Patty Griffin is one of my favorites, she’s def an underground prodigy. Mainstream, no one really knows who she is and I love Ryan Adams, same kind of thing. There’s a guy from Nashville who I just played with on the Rock Boat which is like a cruise where all these artists go and play for their fans. Andy Davis, I am totally into his record right now, I really love the band Scars right now they are awesome and Band of Horses, great great record. I love the new Against Me album. It’s totally all not country at all.

Katie Voegele Schubas interviewWe saw on your Myspace that you go to Miami of Ohio?

I did.

We were reading about that on your Myspace and thought, “How in the hell does she go to school and tour and make a record all at the same time?”

It was hard when I was trying to pull it off. I was there for 2 years and I stopped going in May, so I would be a jr now but it got way too hard. It was so much fun and I’m so glad I did it but it was like I was giving 200% all the time which is impossible so…but it was a great great school.

Did you study Music?

Their music program is classically based so I couldn’t really study the kind of music I wanted to study. So I was studying fine art, I was an art major. Which is something I want to do at some point in my life like when I’m bored of whatever I am doing, but unfortunately I had to take some time off from that. But I think I am going to take some online courses to kind of you know just continue working on my education at my own pace. And there are so many ways to do it now that don’t involve having to live on a campus and go to class. It’s like I can’t, I can’t be a creature of habit, I just can’t. Online courses allow you to do stuff whenever it’s convenient for you, which is so cool.

Katie Voegele Schubas interviewIf you weren’t a musician, what other career would you be working in?

I’d be an art major in college which is ridiculous because people are like what’s your back up plan? I’m like majoring in art is like another one of the most unpredictable, unstable careers in the world. But I would love to look into graphic design or I was an art education major in college so I thought that was cool. I love kids, I would love to be the art teacher who wears the colorful glasses and the ridiculous outfits, that would be really fun. But yeah, something with art, it would have to be artistic. I can’t do anything like accounting or any of that, I’d be hopeless.

What are the last five shows you’ve been to?

I’m always playing, it sucks but it doesn’t suck because a lot of the people I’m playing with I’m a fan of. I’ve toured with Ben Lee, Carey Brothers and I’m a huge fan. I played with Josh Kelly last summer, I love Josh Kelly. So I don’t get time to see one off shows, but people that I’m touring with which is cool because if you don’t know any of their music by the end of the tour your buying their records because you can’t get the songs out of your head, so it’s really fun, it’s a cool thing.

What are the last five albums you bought?

Let me think, Beck I love Beck. I love Wilco, like some of their old stuff. Arcade Fire who is like blowing up, they’re great, no one can even argue with that. Andrew Bird. There is just so much, when I was in North Carolina, I was in NC a lot this fall, there was this record store down the street, I didn’t have a car so I would just have to live in this 1 mile stretch of shops and stuff so I would just constantly be in the record store buying more stuff more stuff more stuff and it was so much fun. Digital sales and stuff is cool but it’s kind of killing the fun of buying new records and cd’s and stuff. There’s nothing like having a physical thing.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

People have been asking me this a lot lately and I kind of realized that things are going so great right now, the records really breaking and I have been showcasing since I was 16 and trying to find the right deal and trying to find the right team of people, it’s so easy to get discouraged when stuff doesn’t work out. But now that I’m 21 I really feel like I’m ready for all the stuff that’s happening to me. The best advice people have given me is don’t be discouraged when 18 people don’t get what you are doing because 1 person is going to and you just have to find people that get it and that are so excited about it and are passionate about helping you out and passionate about the music and now that I have that team of people it’s so exciting and I really realized that it will happen for you at the right time if you keep working on it and stay true to what you want to do, if you change to try to mold people who don’t quite get it to something that they do want you to be your never going to be happy. That would be my best advice to people that I have gotten, just don’t be discouraged. Not everybody is going to love what you do and that’s ok, because other people will.

What made you not want to sign with a major label?

I would walk into these labels and it’s like the whole conference room vibe is like six 50 something dudes in suites and ties looking at you like impress me in the next 5 minutes because I wanna go to lunch. And I was like this is BS, like this sucks. It’s so intimidating and cold and the atmosphere just sucked. I was like if this is how it’s going to be at your label I just don’t want to be here, this sucks. So I got really discouraged about the whole thing, do I even want to be in this business is this how people are and then I walked into MySpace, Tom Anderson opens the door in his trucker hat and he’s like “What’s up dude? I’m Tom.” I’m like this guy is awesome and I think that the most successful people and the most successful businesses are usually ones that are kind of like pushing the frontier and trying something brand new. Everybody else is so comfortable with their little mold. Like this is what worked for Avril Lavigne and it’s like no. So I was really excited to be kind of a risk taker and a guinea pig and I think that taking a risk and trying something new can really benefit you, in business and even in just life. It’s so important to just if you have a good gut feeling about it, like go with it, just see what happens. So I’m really glad I did cause I love my label. They have been so great.

Part II to come….