Allen Stone

This show has been moved from 11/17 at The Sinclair. All tickets will be honored

Allen Stone

Haley Reinhart

Sun, January 20, 2013

7:00 pm

Royale

Boston, MA

$15.50 advance / $17.50 day of show

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This event is all ages

Ticket price includes a $0.50 donation to the Keep a Breast Foundation. Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM, or at the Royale box office Fridays from 12-6PM. The show has moved from The Sinclair on 11/17. All tickets will be honored and refunds will be available at point of purchase. The show is also ALL AGES.

Allen Stone
Allen Stone
While the buzz was building in early 2014 about the Internet of Things, Allen Stone was recording in his rustic Washington State cabin and extolling the virtues of an old-fangled kind of connection – the one that exists between people playing music together. The 26- year-old soul singer, praised as a “pitch-perfect powerhouse” by USA Today, was working on the follow-up to his self-titled breakthrough album, which he released digitally on his own stickystones label in late 2011. Sure, he acknowledges, he could have written and recorded his new set of songs alone on a laptop – but that wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun.

“I’m a social person and, to me, the greatest energy that you can cultivate is a collaborative energy. It feels better when you’ve got somebody to bounce ideas off of,” explains Stone.

While he’s not keen on creating music with computers, Stone nevertheless considers technology to be an enormous blessing. In fact, he might have never met his coproducer, Swedish musician Magnus Tingsek, if he hadn’t been digging around online for new music.

“I was like his number one fan for three years,” recalls Allen. At that point, things started exploding for Stone. His self-titled album shot into the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and entered the Top 5 of iTunes’ R&B/Soul charts shortly after its release. Soon the unsigned artist was appearing on shows like “Conan,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Live from Daryl’s House.” NPR’s Ann Powers hailed the album as “meant for those of us who like our R&B slightly unkempt and exceedingly feelingful” and Forbes ran a feature focusing on his remarkable success as an independent artist. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles praised Stone’s live show, noting, “his music reached back four decades to the late 1960s and early ’70s, when songwriters like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers brought introspection and social commentary to soul music.”

A partnership with indie label ATO Records, which later released the album physically, opened new doors. Stone was voted one of mtvU's "Freshman 5" and named a VH1’ “You Oughta Know” artist. He opened for Al Green and Dave Matthews and performed on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

With an 85-date headline tour planned and two out of three openers selected, Stone asked his manager, “Why don’t we see if Tingsek will come?” Tingsek, who had never toured outside of Scandinavia, agreed and the two became good friends as they traveled across North America and throughout Europe.

“My number one joy is playing live, so when I write records I really just think of what song I could write that would be really fun to play live,” says Stone. “Basically my job is to throw a party for people every night when we’re on tour.”

The non-stop pace of touring and promotional appearances makes it tempting to “set the cruise control a little too high,” Allen notes, which can take its toll over time. After doing nearly 600 shows in two years, Stone was ready to turn from touring to recording. He moved from Seattle back to his hometown of Chewelah, WA – population 2,606.

“To find the balance I was looking for, I needed to move out to the middle of nowhere – where I have no distractions whatsoever,” he says.

As he considered who he might like to collaborate with, Tingsek came to mind. Stone flew to Malmö, Sweden in November of 2013 and, after just a day in the studio with Tingsek, he knew it was the right pairing.

“Magnus is like Prince – he plays everything! He’s like one of those Swiss Army knife musicians,” says Stone. “He hears music completely different than I do. I’m more like a classic soul/classic blues kind of singer and he is able to hear music in this new, weird, disco jazz nuance that totally challenges me to broaden my ear and my vocality.”

They wrote and recorded some tracks in Malmö and, in early 2014, reconvened in Chewelah so they could work with members of Allen’s band. Stone is a big fan of recording with real – rather than virtual – instruments.

“The computer’s such a nice tool that it’s starting to take the human element out of art. So where’s the line? If the computer is doing 85% of the work, then whose record is it?” he asks. “Every instrument on the new record is all real.”

Seeing the preponderance of DJ acts at the festivals he has played has been a little unsettling. “I kind of feel like the clerk who’s been working at the grocery story for 20 years and all of a sudden they start bringing in these self check-out stands. And you’re like, what the hell are they gonna need me for?” says Allen, laughing.

As his music makes abundantly clear, Stone isn’t likely to be replaced by a laptop anytime soon. After all, he’s got something that still can’t be simulated: soul.
Haley Reinhart
Haley Reinhart
Last summer, while spending nearly every night singing to sold-out arenas on the American Idols LIVE! Tour, Haley Reinhart landed her first record deal. Although the smoky-voiced singer/songwriter was unspeakably eager to dive into recording her debut, Reinhart decided to hold off until the 49-date, continent-hopping tour had ended. "I wanted to wait till I could put all my focus and energy into the album and be very hands-on with every single aspect of it," says Reinhart. "It was really important to me that the record have an organic, soulful sound that truly reflects the kind of artist I want to be."

Immediately after the tour ended, Reinhart (who ranked third in the tenth season of American Idol) moved from her hometown of Wheeling, Illinois, to Los Angeles and began furiously crafting the songs that would eventually grace her debut. The result is Listen Up! (19 Entertainment/Interscope Records), a ten-track fusion of pop, R&B, rock and roll, and soul that's both timeless and irresistibly fresh. Serving as co-writer on all but one number ("Free," the album's sweetly sorrowful, piano-driven torch-song lead single), Reinhart infuses Listen Up! with her strikingly authentic sensibility and, in turn, more than meets her mission of bringing a classic spirit to modern pop.

To help harness that spirit, Reinhart joined forces with a first-class lineup of songwriters and producers that includes Mike Elizondo (Jay-Z, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5), Rob Kleiner (Usher, Flo Rida, Timbaland), and busbee (Katy Perry, Kid Cudi, Kelly Clarkson). "We just dove in headfirst, and it all ran really smoothly because I was feeling so inspired," says Reinhart of the recording process. "I'd get into the studio with a producer and we'd get going on a song and start laying it down right away. A lot of the time we ended up going with the first take—the mood and the energy were so good the first time around, it didn't make sense to try to re-create it."

Not only helpful for building momentum, the synergy between Reinhart and her collaborators was key to the album's stunning diversity of sound. "Working with all these different people, we got to bring in so many tonalities and play around with different rhythms and techniques from a whole mix of genres—from classic rock to funk to psychedelia to jazz," she says. "We weren't even intentionally trying to fit all that in. It just happened naturally once things got flowing." Still, much of Listen Up!'s strength lies in Reinhart's devotion to old-school pop simplicity. "The most crucial thing to me is that people hear the album and feel good and just get lost in the melodies," notes Reinhart.

Right from the opening track ("Oh My!" ft. B.o.B, a horn-soaked stomper that Reinhart describes as giving off "a cool, swampy, James Bond kind of vibe"), Listen Up! reveals itself as a brightly inventive pop pastiche built on contradiction: it's sultry yet playful, slick yet gutsy, breezy yet endlessly passionate. Songs like the tough-talking, triumphant "Hit The Ground Runnin'" offer the strut of '60s soul, while the harmony-kissed "Wasted Tears" and "Wonderland" bear all the wistful spirit of a girl-group hit ("I grew up on Motown," explains Reinhart, "so one of my goals for this album was to bring that back and give it my own twist"). A swelling, string-accented piano ballad about love gone wrong, "Undone" leads into "Now That You're Here" (a sunny pop gem that gracefully flaunts Reinhart's soaring, high-spirited vocals and boasts an infectious handclap backbeat). And on the album-closing "Walking On Heaven," Reinhart sets her bravely hopeful lyrics about "waiting for the world around me to change" to a scorching guitar riff delivered by her father, Harry Reinhart. "That song's about how the world can be a beautiful place, heaven on Earth, if we look at it right," says Reinhart. "It's got a great message and my dad plays a really sweet lead on it. It was such an honor to have him on the song."

The first American Idol contestant to perform on the show's stage with a parent (when Harry joined his daughter for a smoldering rendition of Led Zeppelin's "What Is And What Should Never Be" during top three week), Reinhart is quick to praise her parents' influence on her development as a musician. Ardent fans of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin—as well as countless classical and jazz pioneers—Reinhart's parents are both musicians in their own right: her father played guitar for blues-rock band Midnight, and her mother sang for a group called The Company She Keeps before joining Midnight in 1977. As a result, Reinhart grew up idolizing everyone from the Beatles to Sarah Vaughan to Heart to Tony Bennett (with whom she sang a duet of "Steppin' Out with My Baby" on the American Idol season finale). "I'm really lucky to have grown up in a house where good music was always playing," she says. "It's a huge part of what makes me the artist I am."

Thanks largely to her parents' encouragement; Reinhart began pursuing her music dreams at a remarkably young age. First taking the stage as part of her parents' band when she was only seven, Reinhart started writing songs in her first year of high school. By the end of her junior year she'd joined the high school jazz band, which allowed her to tear through big-band standards onstage at local jazz clubs in Chicago and—after the band won a state-wide music contest—at the Montreux Jazz Fest in Switzerland and Umbria Jazz Fest in Italy. After graduating high school in 2009 (and failing to pass an audition for the ninth season of American Idol the same month), Reinhart enrolled at Harper College and started singing in three different combos. Making a last-minute decision to try out for American Idol again, Reinhart scored a spot on the tenth season and ended up wowing audiences with her fiery performances of songs like "House of the Rising Sun" and "God Bless the Child."
"American Idol did a lot to prepare me for the next phase of my career," says Reinhart. "Especially with the tour, where I was singing 11 numbers a night, it really helped build my endurance." Now that she's striking out on her own, Reinhart's excited about merging her tightly honed performance chops with what she calls "that raw musicianship that means so much to me." "With the music I grew up on, there were all these imperfections that made it amazing," she says. "It wasn't about trying so hard; it was all about pure feeling and energy. To me that's the important stuff. That's what I want to bring back into music today."
Venue Information:
Royale
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA, 02116
http://royaleboston.com/