Saw the lovely Rachael Yamagata at Maxwells last night. She was fighting a cold, but performed an awesome show nonetheless. I have to say that my favorite moment of the night was when she played “Duet.” The way she sang it was so hauntingly beautiful and sincere. I met her after the show where she confirmed that she will be releasing an EP in the upcoming months of just her ballads. I can’t wait! She also has plans to tour in Singapore, Seoul, Europe, Australia, and another trip around the U.S. next year, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch her again. Also, I spoke to Mike Viola, who opens for her and also plays in her band, after the show, and surprisingly he remembered me from back in October when I said hello to him after Rachael’s show at the Rockwood Music Hall for the CMJ Music & Film Festival.