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Event Archive - Suzanne Vega

Fri. November 9th 2007 Richard's On Richards (No Minors)
7:15pm doors at 7pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations
Presented by: Live Nation
on sale fri 7/20 @ 10am

On Beauty & Crime, her Blue Note Records debut and her first studio album in six years, Suzanne Vega uses New York City as the backdrop for a collection of eleven new songs juxtaposing acoustic guitar-driven melodies with coolly synthesized beats; intensely personal lyrics with compelling, short story-like narratives; and images of today’s scarred cityscape with memories of Vega's old Upper West Side ’hood and Lower East Side haunts.

For fans that have grown up with the artist behind such hits as “Luka” (a # 3 smash from her worldwide 1987 hit album Solitude Standing that earned her three Grammy nominations), the disc is a revealing look into Vega’s evolution as songwriter and recording artist. For newcomers, it affords an opportunity to discover a unique voice that has, much like fellow die-hard New Yorker Lou Reed’s, been shaped by keenly observing urban life.

Vega has always been an adventurous artist, stretching the boundaries of the singer-songwriter format. When British producers DNA famously remixed her “Tom's Diner”, giving the original a cappella tune an ongoing life as a sought-after sample, they were simply responding to something Vega herself had done, adding to the rhythm already planted in the song’s melody by the artist. Similarly, German programmer Karlheinz Brandenburg, the key developer of the MP3, found Vega’s voice to be the perfect template when he began to work on the audio compression that would revolutionize music distribution, earning her the nickname “The Mother of the MP3.” Last year Vega herself ventured into the Internet world by becoming the first major recording artist to perform live in avatar form within the virtual world Second Life.


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