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Review: Ellie Goulding live at Echostage, and other tour dates

Ellie Goulding live at Echostage


Echostage is a great intimate venue in the city. The Washington DC stage is housing performances by Jarabe de Palo, Rick Ross and M.I.A. during the spring months.

Monica Lora Photography
Monica Lora Photography
Live at Echostage, DC
Monica Lora Photography

This month saw the coming of British import Ellie Goulding. She is currently traveling North America with the Helcyon Tour.

Ellie weaved joyfully from hit to hit. She performed her biggest numbers "Burn", "Anything Could Happen", and "Lights". From the beginning she was full of energy and looked breezy in her white slacks and cropped top; not to mentioned her bejeweled third eye.

She made time to perform one of her recent covers, "Tessellate", originally performed by Alt-J. This was clearly one of the fans' favorites of the night. Interestingly enough, especially considering a North American audience, most reacted favorably to lesser known songs as the crowd collectively chanted and sang along to "The Writer", "Explosions", and her Elton John cover, "Your Song". All of these found success internationally, but only one of these three charted on the Hot 100 in the US; "Explosions" peaked at number one-hundred.

Her performece of "Starry Eyed" was enjoyable and lively as Ellie indulged in vocal acrobatics. In fact, the band added great instrumental breaks throughout the show and her renditions were original and Ellie-esque all at once!

The tour will finish its North American leg on May 9th when she performs in Toronto, Canada. Until then, she will perform in Portland, San Francisco, and a plethora of other cities.

Other reviews:

Films: OFIR (documentary) : Ne Te Retourne Pas (short) : Halina (short) : EK (short) : Despite The Gods (documentary) : Materica (short) : Lawrence and Hollowman, the movie : No Strangers (documentary) : Meth Head, the movie : Echoes (short) : Titans of Newark (short) : A Cure (short) : Precious, the movie : This Is It (documentary)

Music: The Sounds' Weekend : Austra's Olympia : KENN's We Killed KENN : VV Brown's Samson & Delilah : Sammy Crawford's Reality Sets In : Melanie C's Stages : Madonna's MDNA : Nelly Furtado's Spirit Indestructible : CocoRosie's "We Are On Fire" : Stephan Nance's A Troubled Piece of Fruit

Videos: Christina Aguilera's "Your Body" : Lily Allen's "Hard Out Here" : Tom Goss' "It's All Over" : Eric Himan's "Dust" : Scissor Sisters' "Only The Horses"

Concerts: The Sounds with Blondfire & Strange Talk : Natasha Bedingfield : Andy Grammer : Kate Voegele

Stand Up: Kevin J Thornton

Halcyon was released in 2012 (its re-release, Halcyon Days, was released in 2013), and has charted seven worldwide singles. From these seven, six made the UK top 20: "Anything Could Happen", "Figure 8", "I Need Your Love", "Burn", "How Long Will I Love You", and "Goodness Gracious". The set has been promoted by additional singles (and music videos): "Hanging On", "I Know You Care" and the covers "Tessellate" and "High For This", originally by The Weeknd.

Outside the tour, she is also promoting another single. In the past five months she has been featured on two soundtracks. First, in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and now with "Beating Heart" for the Divergent. This is looking to become her next top ten entry on the charts.

(The best 30 songs of 2013: PART 1 : PART 2 : PART 3)

So many artists are touring this year; Pentatonix, Cher, Tegan & Sara, Lady Gaga, The Sounds, Eric Himan & Ani DiFranco, Neon Trees, Mary Lambert, OneRepublic, Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne.

(Best music videos of 2013)

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