Update 8/13/14: We called it! Karen O has announced a string of intimate gigs in NYC, LA, the UK and Berlin to support the release of Crush Songs. The shows span September 9 to October 7, beginning with three nights at the Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan. In addition to the live shows, there will also be a series of album listening sessions will be held in 21 cities across the world on August 27. Check below for the full list of shows. 

It’s fitting that Karen O–Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, Oscar Nominee, and Spike Jonze collaborator–has titled her upcoming solo album Crush Songs, as she is arguably the most crushed on woman in rock n’ roll by men and women alike. The album, due out September 9 via Cult Records (Julian Casablancas’ label) was inspired by a 27-year-old Karen O, single and unsure. Aren’t we all?

 When I was 27, I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.

The first single off the album is called “Rapt.” The accompanying video features the singer submerged in water–the perfect dark imagery for the dark, lo-fi song. Also, we should mention it was directed by her husband Barney Clay, so Karen indeed found love. But all of this new album talk has us wondering whether Karen will embark on a solo tour. As a group, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs haven’t performed together since last summer’s Coachella and Firefly performances. Perhaps the electric singer will join her label-boss, Julian, on the road? The possibilities are endless. For now, dig on the new video below.

Karen O Video for “Rapt”

Crush Songs Cover Art

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Karen O Intimate Solo Tour Dates

09/09 – New York, NY @ Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
09/10 – New York, NY @ Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
09/11 – New York, NY @ Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
09/12 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
09/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
09/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10/04 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
10/05 – London, UK @ Bush Hall
10/07 – Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen

Karen O Tickets