In today's indie/pop music realm, it seems everyone is trying to out-wit and out-weird. The likes of Lily Allen, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga have set the standard for sharp lyrics that bite on bubble-gum beats. While unabashedly part of the movement, Kate Miller-Heidke sets herself apart with a strong feminist vibe and a great voice that is reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper and Kate Bush. Her second album, Curiouser, features the zinger tracks (God's Gift to Women and Are You F**king Kidding Me?), the pop dance-fests (Motoscooter, I Can't Shake It), and the sentimental ballads (Caught in the Crowd) we've come to love from female singer/song-writers.
Her music is edgy (for example Supergirl shops for sex toys), but lacks the trashy, glitter-vomit mentality that so many of her peers have brought to the table. Think more Kate Nash, less Ke$ha.
Miller-Heidke just finished a stint as the hand-picked opener for Ben Folds (Folds also took the awesome photos you see). Now, she's hitting the US for a summer tour.
June 22 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
24 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe 25 San Diego, CA The Casbah
27 Calgary, AB (Lilith)
28 Edmonton, AB (Lilith)
30 Kelowna, BC The Habitat
July 01 Vancouver, BC (Lilith)
06 St Louis, MO Old Rock House
07 Chicago, IL Schubas 1
1 Vienna, VA (DC) Jammin Java 13 Cambridge, MA Passim Folk & Cultural Center
14 New York City – Poisson Rouge 24 Toronto (Lilith) 25 Toronto (Lilith)