AMAZING NEWS just out … Tori Amos has revealed the title of her new album and has confirmed that she WILL be playing a showcase concert at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX next month. According to a new press release from her new record company, Universal Republic, Tori’s new album has been titled Abnormally Attracted to Sin. Additionally, Tori is scheduled to play the La Zona Rosa nightclub in Austin on March 19. Here is the full text of the press release announcement:
Tori Amos to Headline Universal Republic Showcase at South by Southwest Music Conference on March 19, 2009
New CD, ABNORMALLY ATTRACTED TO SIN, Due Spring 2009
There will be thousands of artists and tens of thousands of music fans gathering at over 60 venues for this year’s South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX, but all eyes will be on groundbreaking star Tori Amos, headlining one of the most anticipated events in the conference’s two decade-plus history, on Thursday, March 19, at historic Austin club, La Zona Rosa.
The Grammy nominated singer/songwriter is headlining a star-studded Universal Republic Records showcase at the popular venue, sure to be looked on as one of the must-see events of the four day festival. Tori will be performing new songs from her upcoming Universal Republic debut album, ABNORMALLY ATTRACTED TO SIN, scheduled to hit stores and the digital domain this spring, as well as other classics from her influential repertoire.
Tori’s recent signing with Universal Republic is in keeping with the inventive star’s unconventional approach to the artist/record company relationship. Universal Republic will distribute Tori’s new album, as well as correlate other ventures in tandem with Tori’s prolific creative output. ABNORMALLY ATTRACTED TO SIN, her tenth studio album, is another innovative chapter in the artist’s trailblazing story. Every track on the album will be accompanied by a corresponding ‘visualette,’ featuring footage that has been captured over the past year. Shot in HD and Super 8, the visualettes will incorporate a documentary style.
Tori’s most recent album, AMERICAN DOLL POSSE, which has been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘her best album in years,’ was released in 2007 to a chorus of rave reviews. The captivating album, like many of her previous efforts, adhered to a strong conceptual theme, with Tori inhabiting multiple archetypal female personae, a testament to her willingness to continue to push the boundaries of the female singer/songwriter.
Regarded as one of the most emotionally fearless live artists in music today, her most recent world tour, launched in the summer of 2007, saw her soar with her first full-fledged rock band in nearly a decade. Media platforms such as the BBC lauded both her live show and album as ‘returning Tori Amos back to the forefront of a genre she defined…still pushing her own boundaries.
Woot! This is such great news for Tori Amos fans like myself. As soon as I learned of this news, I immediately called my BFF Sarah to gush with her … and then began writing up this post for publication. I am so thrilled that new Tori Amos music is on the way — you have no idea! If I can be assured entry into this SXSW showcase performance, I will do everything I can to get my buns down to Austin to attend the show. I’ve never done SXSW but I think seeing Tori play an intimate venue like this would be the best way to be introduced to the festival. Again, I say, Woot!!! What great, great news!
UPDATE: Rumor has it that Tori will perform the entirety of her new album at SXSW but, honestly, I think she’ll only play a few tracks off the new disc. In any event, I’ll be there in person to bear witness to her SXSW performance — I made all the reservations yesterday and am going to Austin, TX next month!!! I am so excited … and you can be sure I’ll bring the deets and as much info about the performance as possible.