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Pre-Order “ALL I KNOW” – official release Sept. 9, 2016

The time has come to pre-order “ALL I KNOW”!

Pre-order today and get the first two songs, “Doubtless” and “All I Know” immediately, & the rest of the album automatically in your music player on September 9.

“ALL I KNOW”: September 9, 2016

Alejandra O’Leary is pleased to announce that her new album of original rock n’ roll songs will be released on September 9, 2016.

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“ALL I KNOW” features 11 new songs, recorded in Durham, North Carolina at the legendary studio m.

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The album was produced and performed by Alejandra O’Leary, Thom Canova, and Mark Simonsen.

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Alejandra characterizes the new record as  “a continued exploration of the collision between pop music, rock n’ roll, and pure noise”.

The art & design for the new record was created by Klaus Voormann and Stephen Jordan.

Keep your eyes on this page and Alejandra’s Twitter and Facebook pages for news on the new record.

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Happy October! New Fall Shows

Hi Everybody!

While the new record is being mixed and mastered in North Carolina, I’m hitting the road with some new fall shows.

I hope you will come & join the fun!

Here’s where the fun will be:

Saturday, October 3 @ 8 p.m. – PLYMOUTH COFFEE BEAN COMPANY, Plymouth, MI

Jamie Church and I will play a show at our favorite rock n’ roll spot in the state that made us. If you’re in Michigan, we hope to hang out with you at this special concert. plymouthcoffeebean.com

Sunday, October 18 @ 2:30 p.m. – MOCHA MAYA’S, Shelburne Falls, MA

Mocha Maya’s is a hot music hub in Western Massachusetts, in a beautiful place by the Deerfield River. We’re making a fall weekend of this show! Hope you’ll agree this is a great way to create a late October getaway. mochamayas.com

I’ll have more news on the album and a new single coming soon… in the meantime, enjoy the chill in the skies and the music in your souls!

Love,

Alejandra

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Summer 2015 News: Alejandra Live in Portland, Maine

Alejandra played MAMA’S CROW BAR in  Portland, Maine, on July 30, at 9:30p.m. The show featured reinterpretations of Alejandra’s favorite band songs in an intimate setting. Alejandra also debuted four new songs from future releases.

Alejandra will play more shows in Maine and New England this fall.

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Set List from MAMA’S CROW BAR (7.30.15):

I Love Your Tone

When Will They Learn?

Thinkin’ Straight

Doubtless

Rally

Burn Me Up

All of This Time

Bring It On Home to Me

Don’t You Judge

Beat Ohio

NEW REVIEW of BURN ME UP: “There’s something to be said for perfectly made pop.”

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There’s something to be said for perfectly made pop. For musician Alejandra O’Leary, the execution of this kind of immaculately made noise seems to be an integral part of who she is as an artist. Taking a shimmering set of pop sounds and merging them with a classic rock attitude, she manages to inject her songs with a thrilling momentum. It’s all about splitting the influences with O’Leary, a kind of dichotomous exploration of inspiration and production—a sound that’s easy to feel your way through but far more difficult to describe.

With her new single, “Burn Me Up,” she once again takes these genres to task, drawing out the heart and soul of the sounds until there’s nothing left but pure influence. She then layers each melodic section on top of the next in a winding staircase of effervescent pop rhythms. The song becomes a monument to her being able to rearrange these sounds into something that speaks to her motivations, as well as those of the artists who have had such an obvious impact on her development. “Burn Me Up” is jubilant and ambitious, and you’ll probably be humming it for weeks—and that’s not a bad thing.

– Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com

The new single (BURN ME UP) – official release May 5, 2015
The new single (BURN ME UP) – official release May 5, 2015

Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West are proud to announce the release of their new single: BURN ME UP. The song was conceived and recorded during the sessions for “Heartspace Timepiece” and features all the band’s trademarks: dueling guitars, evocative vocals, and a beat to keep time to your dreams.

Get the single on Amazon, Bandcamp, CDBaby, tTunes or Soundcloud:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Me-Up/dp/B00UI618GQ

Bandcamp: https://alejandraoleary.bandcamp.com/track/burn-me-up

CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/alejandraolearythechampi2

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/burn-me-up-single/id974905298

Soundcloud (w/ B-side “TALK ME DOWN”):  https://soundcloud.com/alejandraolearymusic/burn-me-up-alejandra-oleary 

Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West – Heartspace Timepiece
Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West – Heartspace Timepiece

It just takes one listen to Heartspace Timepiece from Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West, to acknowledge it as a beautiful masterpiece. This indie rock band based in Michigan and North Carolina, craft and perform amazingly lush pop music with outstanding vocals and deep lyrics.

The spacy and futuristic, “Now Now” reminds me a lot of synth-pop band, Missing Persons. Echo-filled vocals, and attention-grabbing guitar licks make this one a great track to open up with. O’leary’s angelic voice flawlessly flows through the folksy “Skin to Skin”, with the softness of Juliana Hatfield. “New Low” is the song most likely to get stuck in my head. This deliciously poppy song ironically tells the tale of an unraveling relationship.

The Champions of the West definitely come from a space heavily influenced by bands like the Strokes. This adds a nice substantial and meaty texture to tracks “Positive Drag”, “Talk Me Down”, and personal favorite, “Mind That Groove”.

O’Leary nails this one down, as there are no skip-overs on this album. Each of the nine songs on Heartspace Timepiece is definitely a ‘keeper’.