Nicole Laurenne likes a challenge. Not only does she juggle life as a judge and the Farfisa-shredding frontwoman of The Love Me Nots, but she beat breast cancer.
So while the idea of putting your rock 'n' roll band on hiatus to explore synth-ier, poppier territory might scare lesser folk, it's no big deal for Laurenne, who's pretty dang excited about Zero Zero, her new project. It finds the guitar-based approach of The Love Me Nots turned on its head, mixing sexy beats and downtempo grooves.
Laurenne joins us to speak about the project, and we have a listen to tunes from The Cigs, Stephen Steinbrink, The Sh!t, and more in this week's episode of Up on the Sun: The Podcast.
Download: Up on the Sun: The Podcast, Episode 10 (right click and save as) What you're hearing:
Pharoah Sanders, "Astral Traveling," The Sh!t, "As Dro Not," The Cigs, "I Left My Burrito on Broadway," The Love Me Nots, "Black & Blue," Oddisee, "Scenic Route to You," interview with Nicole Laurenne, Zero Zero, "Drug," Clams Casino, "Swervin' (remix) [XV]," Hush Arbors, "Up Yr Coast," Stephen Steinbrink, "Paper Flowers"
The Love Me Nots are scheduled to perform Friday, June 15, at the Sail Inn in Tempe.
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