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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/17a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/17a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/17a)
GRAMMYS HAVE A NEW AWARDS CHIEF
Will she be able to clean up the mess? (9/17a)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
FOR BOWIE CATALOG
WMG snags a cornucopia of sound and vision. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
THE B-SIDE
WEEKLY OBSESSION: AURORA
4/14/16

I first heard of Aurora when a colleague informed me that Daniel Glass found his next huge act. As a big fan of Glassnote's roster, I knew this had to be good and immediately checked out her single, "Conqueror." I was enamored at first listen. (Is that a thing? If not, too bad. It just became one.) The driving earworm generated major heat, landing her performances on NBC's FallonTBSConan. And, now, it's climbing the Alternative radio chart.

Watch the official music video below for a taste of her magic. 

The Norweigan breakout recently took West Hollywood by storm with two back-to-back, sold-out shows at the Troubadour, one of which I had the pleasure of attending. Admittedly, I was nervous to see her perform live, unsure if she’d be able to maintain that mystical quality portrayed in the media, but, damn, did she exceed my expectations.

Aurora delicately floated onto the stage, instantly captivating the crowd with her piercing blue eyes. Her voice—reminiscent of The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan—breathed energy into the room, as she enchanted with her exotic melodies and personal lyrics. She invited the audience into her world with dance moves that were simultaneously elegant and awkward, holding nothing back. As if she wasn't charming enough, she made sure to take breaks between songs to tell quirky tales, including one about a little balloon she once had, named Chester, to whom she then dedicated a song to. 

For those of you planning to melt underneath the Coachella sun this weekend, take a break to cool off by diving into Aurora's debut LP, All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend. The ethereal tracks might help with the come-down too...

L'chaim,
Naomi Robin