Bio

Jenny Owen Youngs is an American singer-songwriter from Montclair, New Jersey After exploring the flute (elementary school) and the tuba (junior high), Jenny finally stepped up to the guitar at the age of fourteen. She graduated from State University of New York at Purchase with a degree in studio composition. Her album Batten The Hatches was self-released in 2005. In 2006, a song from that album, Fuck Was I, appeared in the second season premiere of Showtime's Weeds, resulting in Batten the Hatches being re-released on April 10, 2007 with new artwork and an extra track, Drinking Song on the Canadian indie label Nettwerk. "Fuck Was I" was also released on the soundtrack album Weeds: Music from the Original Series, Vol. 2. In addition to her solo career, she is in the band The Robot Explosion, a side project with fellow musicians and friends Bess Rogers, Andrew Futral, and Saul Simon-MacWilliams. She also takes part in an online podcast through MySpace with Bess Rogers and Andrew Futral, titled 'Once More With Feeling' (named after the musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer). Youngs released her second album, Transmitter Failure, on May 26, 2009. Youngs' third album An Unwavering Band of Light, was released on February 7, 2012. She recently toured with Regina Spektor (whose phone message also appears on Voice On Tape) and has opened a few shows for Amanda Palmer. Youngs covered Have You Forgotten by Mark Kozelek for American Laundromat records' upcoming charity CD Sing Me to Sleep - Indie Lullabies due out in Spring 2010. Tanya Donelly, Dean & Britta, Say Hi, Julie Peel, Stars, The Real Tuesday Weld, and others are contributing to the project which helps children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

Reviews

JENNY OWEN YOUNGS > Transmitter Failure | American Songwriter

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Jenny Owen Youngs - An Unwavering Band of Light (from punknews)

Jenny Owen Youngs' debut full-length Batten the Hatches showcased an array of downtrodden acoustic songs with ruminations on topics such as drinking too much and being an unlovable screw-up that guaranteed her a place in the hearts of sad bastard music fans everywhere and made her a staple of the Revival Tour. In the ensuing years, she's grown as a songwriter and carved out a sound that should push her far beyond the confines of that admittedly awesome niche... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - An Unwavering Band of Light (from popmatters)

Jenny Owen Youngs's first album, Batten the Hatches, stood out at the time, somewhat, in terms of its sound alone - it was nothing too unconventional, sticking primarily to the indie-pop toolbox of guitar, piano, light percussion, and primarily acoustic instruments, but it was very neatly and sharply produced. It sounded a little cleaner, a little more expensive than I, at least, expected from the genre at the time, accustomed as I was to the endless stacks of bedroom recordings going around... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - An Unwavering Band Of Light (from alterthepress)

A songwriter made of pure glee has returned with Jenny Owen Young's new album and in the couple of years since her last effort, Youngs has not lost any of her charisma, and if you had even a shadow of a doubt about that, opening track 'Love For Long' has enough sass to make even the most grumpy of curmudgeons smile and tap their feet, and yes, every grouch loves a bit of acoustic guitar... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten The Hatches (from MusicOMH)

Time was not so long ago when any young woman with a guitar was either a staunch feminist (and why not?) or some equally left-leaning politico with more issues than tissues (of tunes). Well-meaning, but uneasy listening. The male-dominated arena was kicked open in the early '90s by motorbike-booted PJ Harvey with her banshee caterwaul of creativity and scarred emotions and a way with a post-punky tune. This, surely was the time to storm the barricades... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Transmitter Failure (from sputnikmusic)

Summary: I followed your bread crumbs. They led to the sea. 1 of 1 thought this review was well written Jenny Owen Youngs' 2005 debut, Batten the Hatches, was a dark piece of sultry, acoustic indie-pop that was brought to life by her achingly sarcastic wit; case in point its lead single "Fuck Was I", that made its way on to the Showtime primetime hit Weeds... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten The Hatches (from Lost At Sea)

Judging a book by its cover, she's definitely not what one would have expected. After all, the playful photos on her MySpace page hint at Jenny Owen Youngs as simply another who-the-hell-cares teen songstress chirping someone else's songs and siphoning off media time from other artists more talented and deserving... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten the Hatches (from Ink19)

With her debut solo album, Jenny Owen Youngs joins the ranks of new female singer/songwriters, Ingrid Michaelson and Kate Voegele among them, with mainstream aspirations and a slight indie bent. In terms of her immediate competition, Youngs handily outshines all comers. Her voice is as strong as her pop sensibility, making tracks like "Voice on Tape" and "P.S." much better than blank, MySpace sound byte material to accompany a pretty face... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten The Hatches (from bbc)

You're never quite sure where you are with this woman from New Jersey. Fresh and warm like summer sun one minute, then as biting as stinging frost on a winter morning the next; the weather with Jenny Owen Youngs can be pretty volatile indeed. Her candour, as she chronicles the dark side of relationships, is unflinching. 'I seen the way you eye me up like a chunk of meat gone bad / like you were wishing I was something still worth having that you could go ahead and have' (''Coyote'')... Read More »

Jenny Owen Youngs - Batten the Hatches (from Pop Matters)

Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one. Although at times you might want to pass her a bar of soap for saying some words, Youngs makes the most of the record. Bringing to mind a cross between KT Tunstall and Feist, Youngs shines on the leadoff "Porchrail", and the pretty but rambling "From Here", which has a touch of Alanis in it... Read More »

News

Song Premiere: Haley Bonar, "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair"

power and volume: the guitars are blunted by distortion, feedback wails and vanishes and Bonar's voice is frantic and piercing. It's the perfect setting for a song about homicide; when Bonar sings "I wanna take a journey to the devil down below/ I done killed my man, wanna reap just what I sow," she's almost swallowed by the great, greasy waves of guitar. The song is taken from The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute To Bessie Smith , which also features performances by <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>, Dawn Lanes, Holly Golightly, Tift Merritt and many others. Song Premiere: Haley Bonar, "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair" Read More »

Against Me! Announces 2014 Summer Tour Dates

Oakland, CA - Fox Theater # Sep 30: San Diego, CA - House of Blues # Oct 01: Tempe, AZ - The Marquee # Oct 03: Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom # Oct 07: Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre # Oct 08: Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works # Oct 10: New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre # Oct 14: Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre # Oct 15: Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue # Oct 16: Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom # Oct 17: Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE # * = <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> and Creepoid supporting & = Creepoid supporting # = supporting The Gaslight Anthem Search for Against Me! albums on Amazon Tweet Against Me! Announces 2014 Summer Tour Dates Read More »

NSFW: Against Me! Premiere New Music Video, "Drinking with the Jocks"

frenetic visual collaboration between both artists set to one of most aggressive and emotionally revealing tracks off the band's latest album, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues.' Check out the clip below and let us know what you think in the comments. Against Me! will tour North American this summer and fall with The Gaslight Anthem, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>, and Creepoid-see full dates under the video stream. JUNE 27 - Toronto, ON - Pride Toronto JULY 18 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival 19 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino's * 22 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29 * 23 - Augusta, GA - Sky City * 24 - Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By ... - Marathon Music Works # 10 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre # 14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre # 15 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue # 16 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom # 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE # * = <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> and Creepoid supporting # = supporting The Gaslight Anthem Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system: Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords. Here�s a URL about the issue: http://engineering.disqus.com/2014/04/10/heartbleed.html RELATED ARTICLES:• Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and Read More »

Playlist - Frank Turner's "Campfire Punkrock" inc Ranic, Counting Crows & Weezer

however you choose to play it." Wil Wagner - Laika "Wil sings in The Smith Street Band, a punk band from Melbounre Australia that I'm deeply in love with right now. This is one of his solo songs, I heard him play it when he opened for me in Darwin and it absolutely blew my mind. One of the best songs I've ever heard." <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> - Pirates "Jenny came out on the road with me last year and won everyone in my band and crew over to her cause. Her voice is really something else. I love this song a lot, whether she's playing it on her own or with the band, it's awesome." Tim Barry - On & On "Tim is an old road dog, and a friend Read More »

Interview with Laura Stevenson

I'm a sucker for a strong female presence in rock music and not the kind that is found in the "Paramore" stereotype bands that are all over the alternative scene. Instead, I'm more a She&Him;, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> kind of girl. One of the bands that falls in that vein is Brooklyn based Laura Stevenson and The Cans! With punk backgrounds, they are indie rock darlings that are in the process of making their follow up to their debut record 'Sit and Resist'. During their time in Cambridge on a headlining run, we discussed everything from the writing process they are taking for the new record to their first musical Read More »

Features RecAP: March 11, 2013 - Biffy Clyro, Young Guns, the Revival Tour, SXSW, more

along with streams of five different songs from their album Opposites, which will see its U.S. release tomorrow, March 12, as well. The Lead: The 2013 Revival Tour starts this week. Learn about the tour from tour organizer Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) and performers Frank Turner, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> and Tim Barry (Avail.) Exclusive Stream: Slowriter, project of former the Chariot guitarist Bryan Taylor announces his signing to Autumn And Colour Records and reveals "April 8," the first single from his upcoming album, Trailblazer. Playlist: Listen along as you read our 100 Bands You Need To Know Read More »

The Revival Tour Releases Comp Featuring Chuck Ragan, Craig Finn, Tim McIlrath

performers. The hefty The Revival Tour -- 2012 Collection is available now on iTunes and via the label's webstore, with a physical release expected in May. A press release notes that the 33-song set features a number of tour vets, including Ragan, Dave Hause, Rocky Votolato, Parkington Sisters, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>, Jay Malinowksi, Tim Barry, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, and Billy the Kid. It also features exclusive tracks from Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio and Anthony da Costa, among others. The whole shebang was mastered by Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) at Fireside ... 9. Joshua Black Wilkins - "Western" 10. Billy The Kid - "Back In The Sand" 11. Billy + Joe - "Whiskey" 12. Greenland Is Melting - "Always" 13. Brian Mcgee - "Clouded Glass" 14. Tim Barry - "Driver Pull" 15. Dave Hause - "Time Will Tell" 16. Anthony Da Costa - "Ordinary Man" 17. <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> - "Sleep Machine" (Acoustic) Disc Two: 1. Parkington Sisters - "Cruel" 2. Leonard Lashley - "Hotter Than July" 3. Northcote - "Wildcard" 4. Craig Finn - "Jeremiah's Blues" 5. Kayleigh Goldsworthy - "Where The Summer Goes" 6. Tim Mcilrath Ft. Jon Snodgrass - "For Fiona" 7. Bob Nanna - "Fahrenheit 451" 8. Austin Lucas Read More »

Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) added to 2013 Revival Tour lineup

The Revival Tour have announced that Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor has been added to its 2013 lineup. The tour also features Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Toh Kay, Jay Malinowski, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato and <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>. Dates, listed by their respective lineups follow. You can purchase tickets at the Revival Tour tickets website. Matt Pryor, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> Mar-15 Corpus Christi TX House of Rock Mar-16 Austin TX SXSW (8pm - 2am) Mar-18 Dallas TX Trees Mar-19 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Mar-20 New Orleans LA Tipitina's Mar-21 Pensacola FL Vinyl Music Hall Mar-22 Orlando FL The Social Mar-23 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits Mar-24 Atlanta GA The Loft Mar-25 Asheville NC The Orange Peel Toh Kay, Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> Mar-26 Washington DC Black Cat Mar-27 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts Mar-28 New York NY Irving Plaza Mar-29 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club Mar-30 Brooklyn NY The Bell House Mar-31 Montreal QC Le Cabaret du Mile End Apr-01 Toronto ON Lee's Palace Apr-02 Syracuse NY The Wescott Theater Apr-03 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar Apr-04 Cleveland OH Grog Shop Apr-05 Detroit MI Magic Stick Apr-06 Columbus OH A&R Bar Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> Apr-07 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato Apr-08 St. Louis MO Old Rock House Apr-09 Chicago IL House of Blues Apr-10 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Ballroom Apr-11 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theater Apr-12 Lawrence KS The Granada Apr-13 Denver CO The Summit Music Hall Apr-14 Fort Collins CO Aggie Theatre Apr-15 Jackson Hole, WY Pink Garter Theatre Apr-16 Boise ID Knitting Factory Dave Hause, Jay Malinowski, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato Read More »

Enter to win a Brian Fallon/Chuck Ragan split 7-inch & tickets to The Revival Tour

in 2008 with a lineup including Tim Barry of Avail and Ben Nichols of Lucero, and in the years since, it's hosted a variety of artists, including Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds, and, naturally Fallon. This year's jaunt features Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>, Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, and Jenny O. Chances are they'll all play together at some point, as the whole setup of The Revival Tour is based on old-fashioned folk-music jams. Full tour dates are below. Email us for your chance to win tickets or Gospel Songs. Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> March 15 Corpus Christi, House of Rock March 19 Houston, Fitzgerald's March 20 New Orleans, Tipitina's March 21 Pensacola, Vinyl Music Hall March 22 Orlando, The Social March 23 Jacksonville, Jack Rabbits March 24 Atlanta, The Loft March 25 Asheville, North Carolina, The Orange Peel Dave Hause, Toh Kay, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> March 26 Washington, D.C., Black Cat March 27 Philadelphia, Theatre Of Living Arts March 28 New York, Irving Plaza March 29 Boston, Paradise Rock Club March 30 Brooklyn, The Bell House March 31 Montreal, Le Cabaret Du Mile End April 1 Toronto, Lee's Place Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> April 2 Syracuse, the Westcott Theater April 3 Pittsburgh, Altar Bar April 4 Cleveland, Grog Shop April 5 Detroit, Magic Stick April 6 Columbus, A&R Bar Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> April 7 Nashville, Mercy Lounge Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato April 8 St. Louis, Old Rock House April 9 Chicago, House Of Blues April 10 Milwaukee, Turner Hall Ballroom April 11 Minneapolis, Varsity Theater April 12 Lawrence, The Granada April 13 Read More »

The Revival Tour Dates and Initial Lineup Announced

The initial lineup and tour dates for The Revival Tour legs have been announced and will be kicking off in March. The tour is set to feature Dave Hause of The Loved Ones, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, LA's Jenny O., original tour organizer Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>. "We're proud to say that we're embarking on the sixth year of The Revival Tour and we're honored to be kicking off in the great state of Texas," said Ragan. "I've always been overwhelmed and inspired at how these collaborations and combinations of artists come together tour after tour." Adds Owen Youngs, "I'm most excited to throw down with some incredible songwriters and give a good time to the folks who come out to the shows." Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> Mar-15 Corpus Christi TX House of Rock Mar-16 Austin TX SXSW (8pm - 2am) Mar-18 Dallas TX Trees Mar-19 Houston TX Fitzgerald's Mar-20 New Orleans LA Tipitina's Mar-21 Pensacola FL Vinyl Music Hall Mar-22 Orlando FL The Social Mar-23 Jacksonville FL Jack Rabbits Mar-24 Atlanta GA The Loft Mar-25 Asheville NC The Orange Peel Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span> Mar-26 Washington DC Black Cat Mar-27 Philadelphia ... The Bell House Mar-31 Montreal QC Le Cabaret du Mile End Apr-01 Toronto ON Lee's Place Apr-02 TBA Apr-03 Pittsburgh PA Altar Bar Apr-04 Cleveland OH Grog Shop Apr-05 Detroit MI Magic Stick Apr-06 Columbus OH A&R; Bar Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, <span>Jenny Owen Youngs</span>, Sun/Apr-07 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge Dave Hause, Tim McIlrath, Jenny O., Chuck Ragan, Rocky Votolato, Apr-08 St. Louis MO Old Rock House Apr-09 Chicago IL HOB Apr-10 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall Ballroom Apr-11 Minneapolis MN Varsity Theater Apr-12 Lawrence KS The Granada Apr-13 Denver CO The Summit Music Read More »

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