Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

Karen O, the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited.

In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs, Karen will perform a series of gigs in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin -- all of them big undersells compared to what she’d play with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Tickets go on sale Aug. 15, with details available here.

Karen shared the following message via press release:

“I'm very pleased to announce that I'll be performing Crush Songs to some very intimate audiences. If you're in the mood for love please come join my crush odyssey at these limited engagements. I apologize in advance that these shows are so few but I guess that makes them all the more special if you can make it SO don't miss out! LUV KO”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

And fans outside of those four cites will also have a chance to attend a unique Karen O listening experience. On Aug. 27, 21 cities worldwide will play host to exclusive first listen sessions of Crush Songs’ deluxe vinyl edition. The sessions will take place for private audiences inside homes and apartments, overseen by Sofar Sounds, a live music discovery community that curates secret shows around the world. For a chance to attend one of the parties, visit Karen O’s Sofar Sounds site.

Crush Songs was recorded in 2006 and 2007 and is hyped as "an intimate collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings in the vein of Karen's Oscar-nominated “The Moon Song.” Crush Songs will come out via Cult, the record label owned by The StrokesJulian Casablancas. So far, Karen O has shared the music video for one new song, a somber, lo-fi number called “Rapt.”



Here are Karen O’s upcoming live dates:

Sept. 9: New York, NY (Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel)
Sept. 10: New York, NY (Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel)
Sept. 11: New York, NY (Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel)
Sept. 12: New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge)
Sept. 17: Los Angeles, CA (The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
Sept. 18: Los Angeles, CA (The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
Sept. 19: Los Angeles, CA (The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery)
Oct. 4: London, England (Bush Hall)
Oct. 5: London, England (Bush Hall)
Oct. 7: Berlin, Germany (Heimathafen)