A Warrior's Anthem with a Poet's Heart
Bunny by Halo Circus may be the most important record of the year, and perhaps the decade.
I don't say that easily. I say it because Bunny by Halo Circus is not only a musical triumph,
but it uniquely exemplifies and transcends the demographic and cultural change overtaking the United States,
the emergence of a new American Latino generation.
This change is a revolution of Millennials and Allison Iraheta and her band Halo Circus is both the spear
tip of that revolution and its future, present before us. Halo Circus sings in the key of the second
largest Spanish-speaking nation in the world, the USA. Allison Iraheta's Latin blood has been hidden under the beats of American pop. Born to immigrants from El Salvador...
Best Songs Of 2016 (So Far)
Popdust's reflection on the first half of a considerably rocky 2016 continues. While there have been some inspiring impact releases and roll outs this year regarding full-lengths, singles and deep cuts remain as important as ever. Framing music around a profound, socio-political statement piece or a high-energy synth-pop record takes some soul-searching, but we've come up with what we believe is the best of the best scorecard: you will find some infectious hard-rock, feathery pop-country and even some grittier club tracks. But regardless of your personal tastes, you'll certainly find something to chew on.
When tragedy strikes, artists are in a tough place. We expect them to make a statement, a donation or write a song as a way for us to heal. Sometimes it works, but mostly it does nothing to change...
Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus - Bunny
Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus is a critically-acclaimed bilingual
alternative rock band, featuring its star singer Allison Iraheta.
Crafting “anthems for introverts,” Iraheta digs deep into dark places
and transforms this anguish into lush, unforgettable melodies.
Admired by millions as a finalist on American Idol, Iraheta released
her debut album Just Like You shortly after her elimination in 2009.
The album sold approximately 32,000 copies in its first week,
debuting at number 35 on the Billboard 200 album chart. While
touring in support of the album, she met songwriter and producer
Matthew Hager. The pair began writing together and later decided to
form a band, leading to the formation of Halo Circus...
Allison Iraheta Comes Back Swinging
Dear American Idol,
Since you've been gone, I've been thinking about your legacy. Your original premise was to take an unknown talent and usher them into superstardom. Mission accomplished in Season One, but then never again. Sure you discovered a lot of country stars, but so did Nashville Star. You minted a lot of celebrities, but so did YouTube. While you still have a better track record than The Voice, Britain's Got Talent and X Factor UK have you beat.
Did any bonafide recording artists emerge from the shadow of Simon Cowell's giant cup of Coke? When it comes down to true originality,
innovation, earphoria and albums that will sound as fresh 20 years from now as they did 15 minutes ago, in my book it comes down to four...
One of the Best Singers You've Ever Heard
Allison Iraheta has worked with the best in business - from her superstar mentors on Season 8 of American Idol, to legendary Tonight Show/Idol band leader Rickey Minor, to Duran Duran's John Taylor and Kanye West producer Craig Bauer on her alt-rock band Halo Circus's just-released debut album. But perhaps her most unexpected - and most supportive - collaborator is Paul Williams.
Yes, the Paul Williams. Of Phantom of the Paradise/”Rainbow Connection”/Daft Punk fame.
The 75-year-old songwriting legend and 24-year-old Iraheta met on Twitter a few years ago, and eventually co-wrote one of Halo Circus's standout ballads, the grandly...
Allison Iraheta And Halo Circus Reviewed
At a time when walls and barriers absurdly and shamefully are becoming fashionable again, Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus' new album wants to break down borders and set you free, thanks to a series of panoramic pop-rock songs and their singer's impressive vocals.
The challenge was to see if a recording could match Allison Iraheta's Incendiary stage presence, but their debut and self-titled album demonstrates they have succeeded at transmitting the band’s combustible energy, that I had the chance to witness live several times. This album smells dynamite powder, and for a little less than 50 minutes, it delivers one fiery anthem after another, one explosive...
Halo Circus Live at Sphere Studios
If you've lived in Los Angeles for any period of time you know that it's always 10 degrees hotter in the valley. It's a staple piece of knowledge among locals. And this couldn't have been more true than Friday night (6/24) at Sphere Studios in north Hollywood, CA where Halo Circus gave a roomful of anxious fans a sneak peak of several songs off of their new album, Bunny during the album release party.
It was easily an hour prior to the show when I arrived and already...
A Rockin Release Party
Allison Iraheta and Halo Circus are going strong. Halo Circus has a great new album 'Bunny' and as front woman Iraheta has proven she has pushed far beyond her American Idol fame and into new territory.
The former 'Idol' favorite, has taken an alternative turn, and her constituency blends together faithful from her dynamite TV appearances with fans of her new music and band.
The new album is a mix of melancholy and rock with a range of style in between. At her record release party at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, she gave a good crowd a sampling of the release and pulled out...
Kicking Ass and Being Awesome
Halo Circus is a beast of a band. Their reputation for delivering an experience unlike anything out there is backed by the authenticity of their live shows. The band's unique performances are cropping up everywhere in the last year, from the LA Grammy Showcase, to Allison Iraheta's record-setting weeklong gig as guest vocalist on The Tonight Show, This month's four week Residency at Hotel Cafe, and on a cruise ship to the Bahamas at next month's Grammy Festival at Sea. Halo Circus just might be unstoppable...