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BAT FOR LASHES & LA ROUX Nominated for Mercury Prize!

posted Jul 22, 2009, 9:55 AM by Vu Nguyen

Bat for Lashes and La Roux Nominated for Mercury Prize

We would like to extend our congratulations to two Press Here artists whose have been nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize. Bat for Lashes’ sophomore release Two Suns and Cherrytree Records artist La Roux’s debut album La Roux are in the running for this prestigious award.
After playing select shows to sold-out audiences on both coasts this spring, Brighton, England’s Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) will return to the U.S. in August for a North American tour in support of her critically acclaimed album, Two Suns, out now on Astralwerks. The tour announcement comes on the heels of Two Suns’ nomination for the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Bat for Lashes, also nominated for her debut record Fur and Gold in 2007, is this year’s only multiple nominee, elevating Natasha into the ranks of other lauded Mercury veterans including Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys.
The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on September 8, but prior to that special evening Bat for Lashes can be found on the road for a North American tour that will include appearances at Lollapalooza and the Outside Lands festival. Live, Natasha and her brilliant band, The Blue Dreams, don’t just perform; they bring radiant and kaleidoscopic musical interpretations to the stage, peeling back
and exposing the layers of each song. A Bat for Lashes show is certain to leave the audience moved and wanting more – and singing the addictive melodies long after the last note is played. Two Suns – mixing autoharps with intense electronics, complex drum rhythms with lush keyboards and strings – explores dualities on a number of levels, detailing two lovers, two planets, two moons, two sides of a personality and more. Natasha’s beautifully haunting performance style breathes new life into these already dazzling songs, wowing all who see her.
Natasha took over late night TV with lead single “Daniel“:  - The Late Show with David Letterman – Jimmy Kimmel Live!   – Last Call with Carson Daly
(photo credit: Brooke Nipar)


Cherrytree Record’s La Roux have just been nominated for the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Since Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid began collaborating as La Roux just a few years ago, they have made quite the splash in their hometown of London as well as in dance clubs and on radio waves worldwide. The synth-pop duo’s inventive take on 80’s classics can be found on upcoming debut release La Roux (Cherrytree Records, September 29th), an impressive tour de force that’s sure to top the charts on this side of the Atlantic.  Soon-to-be classic current single “Bulletproof” has already debuted on the UK Singles Chart at #1 and track “In For the Kill” remained at #2 for several consecutive weeks. Critics have taken note and fans have trumpeted their loyalty to the ever-so-talented Mercury Prize nominee – La Roux!
Not only are Elly and Ben celebrating the nomination, but also today’s release of the US “Bulletproof” EP and a slew of highly anticipated North American shows. First stop – San Francisco! 

(photo credit: Dierdre O’Callaghan)

Bat for Lashes tour dates are…
8/7       Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
8/9       Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza 2009- MySpace Stage
8/12    New York, NY @ Webster Hall
8/13    Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
8/15    Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8/17    Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
8/19    Austin, TX @ The Parish
8/20    Dallas, TX @ The Loft
8/22    Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
8/25    Vancouver, BC @ Venue
8/26    Seattle, WA @ Neumos
8/27    Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
8/29    San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
8/31    Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box at The Fonda

La Roux tour dates are:
07/22/09 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
07/24/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
07/27/09 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
07/28/09 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
07/31/09  Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo
08/01/09  Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/02/09 New York, NY @ All Points West Festival