“Ever since they could hold their heads up on their own, the trio of sisters, Este, 27, Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21, have been strumming, drumming and crooning their hearts out.
The kind of effortlessness and full-throttle passion with which the girls perform could only stem from having played a rotunda of instruments, including the tabalas, keys, guitar and bass, for most of their lives.
“Before I could really hold anything on my own my dad put drumsticks in my hands and sat me down at a set of drums,” eldest sister, Este says, sitting in the shade on the golf course tucked away from the muddy Governors Ball crowd.
“There’s a picture of me when I’m four barely reaching over a set of tabalas just banging away at them. Not much has changed,” added youngest sister Alana.
Despite coming fresh off the first leg of Rihanna’s European tour as the opening act and performing back to back shows at Brooklyn Bowl, Governors Ball and Monday night’s David Letterman Show this week, the girls seem the furthest thing from exhausted.
Their sound is a fusion of Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin and TLC; a trifecta of 80s pop, smooth R&B and quirky, yet commanding rock in the tradition of strong women that came before them.
For months, music critics and pop-rock aficionados have been buzzing about the sisters’ upcoming debut album, making it no surprise they were deemed the “Sound of 2013” by the BBC, nominated for an NME award this year and named “Band to Watch in 2013″ by Teen Vogue.
With their upcoming performance this weekend at Bonnaroo and a slew of festival stops before they hop back on tour with Rihanna, the girls tell me they’re just trying to keep their attitudes easy breezy and ride the incredible journey.
“We did like a test run with Rihanna, only performing one show and it was insane. It was for the biggest audience we’ve ever performed for before, besides opening for Beyonce at Chime For Change. It was definitely very intimidating.”
“But performing is the most fun thing for us. I think if we could we just tour for the rest of our lives we would,” Este says.
As the debut of their first full-length album, on Columbia Records, readily approaches this fall, the girls are exuberant and humbled by their success thus far.”
“Rihanna left fans waiting hours for a concert in Boston on Monday night, a concert she already had to postpone due to illness.
Rihanna arrived far behind schedule for her May 6 show at TD Garden. Boston.com reports she took the stage at 10:30 p.m., but the doors had opened at 7:30 p.m., and she was supposed to have started at 9 p.m.
Rihanna’s late arrival wasn’t the only glitch. Opening act A$AP Rocky failed to show up because he was sick. Several fights allegedly broke out on the floor while the crowd waited, according to Fox affiliate WFXT.
When she finally appeared, Rihanna was met with boos from Boston fans.
“The crowd responded the best they could: with a round of boos,” Boston.com reported. “Even when the house lights went down, the cheers and jeers rose up in unison. That’s not how you want to begin your rescheduled concert.” ”
Rihanna is still awesome!!!
“Rihanna will no longer serve as the face of beauty brand, Nivea. Stefan Heidenreich, the new CEO of Nivea’s parent company Beiersdorf, announced that the pop sensation is a “no go.”
The Daily Mail reports that Heidenreich told German newspaper Welt that Ri’s presumed party-girl image does not work with the 100-year-old brand’s more family-friendly one.
“I do not understand how to bring the core brand of Nivea in conjunction with Rihanna,” Heidenreich said. “Nivea is a company which stands for trust, family and reliability.”
Rihanna offered up a response to his statement, tweeting out his headshot with the caption, “No caption necessary.” While it may seem like Rihanna had been fired by Nivea, a spokesperson for Beiersdorf clarified that while the focus of Nivea’s ad campaigns has changed, Rihanna’s departure is tied to planned end of her contract.”