When tickets first went on sale for La Roux’s first U.S. tour I was so excited. When I threw the invite around to some of my concert-going buddies, no one seemed interested. I sent around links to La Roux videos but no one knew who they were or why they were a big deal. I wanted to scream. Sure, I could have purchased a ticket by myself but I chickened out. The Paradise isn’t the kind of venue I would want to go to alone. Call it social anxiety – I don’t care. Plus, if I were to go to a La Roux show, I’d want to share the experience with someone else. When I learned that La Roux cancelled the gig due to sickness, I was relieved. Then it was announced that she’d be back January 31st – same venue and all previously purchased tickets would be honored. Shit. I should have acted as soon as the tickets went on sale! Now it’s sold out and I’m S.O.L. Oh well. I’m confident that they’ll be back and I’ll be first in line next time! The January 31st date in Boston kicks off La Roux’s U.S. Winter Tour which brings the band to 8 North American cities, ending in New York City at Webster Hall.
Per usual, I latch onto UK artists before they become big here in the States, and La Roux is no different. The band is quickly gaining momentum over on this side of the pond, with FUSE choosing them for their new artist spotlight program “Incoming” which focuses on emerging new talent in the music industry. The network began airing the video for “Bulletproof” during it’s music hours on November 2nd. La Roux is also part of MTV’s Discover and Download program, spotlighting exciting new artists and allowing for a free download. After having achieved a good deal of international chart success, the band’s hit “Bulletproof” hit #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart this past September.
La Roux is 21-year old Elly Jackson and co-producer/co-songwriter Ben Langmaid. The two started small and grew into the critical successes that they are today. Nominated for a Mercury Prize, MTV Europe Award and an MTVu Woodie, La Roux doesn’t have anywhere to go but up.
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