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Spring Featured Artist: Jillette Johnson - Pauvre Coeur
Pauvre Coeur is a haunting song about a broken girl who deserves more out of an abusive relationship, where she feels less and less like the beautiful woman she knows she is. The video documents the fall and rise of the woman and her broken relationship, in reverse, interwoven with footage of Jillette performing at the piano. Her performance is powerful and emotional, and the video shows a woman, broken, becoming a strong woman, ready to stand on her own and refusing to take the hand that has been dealt to her. (Trigger warning for an emotionally abusive relationship)
by Pamela Miller
On November 20th 2009 Fall Out Boy announced their indefinite hiatus, one of the most heartbreaking things that any fan must hear. In October of 2012 a friend of the band tweeted that the band was back into the studio once again. The boys immediately squashed the rumors and even received some backlash due to it. Then in January of this year, Tumblr, Twitter, a variety of music blogs, and Facebook were all ablaze with rumors that the band had in fact gotten back together and were going to announce it soon. February 4th Pete tweeted a link with a message that said “we missed you.” The link was to the bands website that had the official announcement of the comeback, mini shows in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The site also had the dates for their solo tour, and the release of the new album. Also on the site was their new single “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” Since then they have released two conceptual videos for “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) And “The Phoenix”. Both videos are the beginning of an interesting story that makes you excited and curious for the outcome. Last week the band released the stream of Save Rock & Roll on SoundCloud, and being a long time fan who has seen and heard the band grow, I definitely feel that this is their best album yet. Pete’s writing has matured and Patrick’s voice has a flawless sound & clarity to it. You can tell that the band is more united than ever and has put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this album. The album has some huge collaboration’s such as Sir Elton John, Courtney Love, Foxes, and Big Sean. A few songs stick out the most to me personally, Save Rock & Roll featuring Sir Elton John is a powerful ballad with an inspirational piece “you are who you love, not who loves you. Young Volcanoes is the perfect summer road trip song that makes you want to blast it loudly and sing along with your friends. And Death Valley has a Dubstep wobble that isn’t overpowering and is the perfect edition to it. And The Phoenix states “I’m going to change you like a remix and then raise you like a phoenix.” and that I feel describes the band perfectly. Gone are the melodramatic days of Take This To Your Grave and here are the days of togetherness and the exploration of new feelings and emotions. You can stream the new album here. Tickets to their tour are available at Ticketmaster and their album officially drops today, so be sure to pick it up!
Story and Photo by Jackie Teeple
Bringing her music to us from New York City, 23 year old singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson is a new name in music with her EP, Whiskey and Frosting, and her upcoming full length album, Water in a Whale, but don’t underestimate this powerhouse vocalist and pianist.
Her vocals and talent on the keys are amazing, strong, pure, melodic and commanding; winning over fans while on tour with William Beckett on the What Will Be Tour. Her songs range from the brave and passionate Cameron, to the darker side of the story in tracks like When the Ship Goes Down and Pauvre Coeur.
Check Jillette out on Spotify and on the remainder of the What Will Be Tour! Jillette and William leave San Francisco tonight, bound for Salt Lake City on Friday (4/12, Kilby Court,) followed by Denver on Saturday (4/13, The Marquis Theatre,) and Omaha on Sunday (4/14, The Waiting Room) if you’re in town!
Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, check out her website and pick up Pavre Couer when it comes out this summer!! Stay tuned throughout the month of April as we post more exclusive pictures from Chain Reaction, songs, and more.