Jules Larson
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Jules Larson

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Top 10 songs from the show CASTLE"

We asked Castle Music Supervisor Tricia Halloran to pick her favorite songs on Castle.
Jules Larson "You Know Its True" played when jailbreakers Greg & Amy were given the good news that they would probably both legitmately get out of jail and be together at last. This song has a beautiful instrumental opening that signals things are changing for the better, and then the lyrics that echoed the misunderstandings of the episode and their rosy future: "... it's not a lie, you know its true, it all works out, days go by when we're apart, well it all works out ..." - ABC.com


"Jules Larson's Full-length Debut is a Smart Pop-Rock Gem"

Jules Larson might not be a household name yet, but chances are good that you are familiar with her music even if you aren’t aware that you are. Two successful and critically-acclaimed EPs — 2009’s Strangers and 2010’s A Lot Like You — have preceded this full-length debut, and her tracks have appeared on TV shows (“Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and film soundtracks (“The Lucky One”). Her material has grown stronger with each release, and on Let’s Stay Young she explodes with her most well-rounded effort yet.

Larson’s is a curious and recognizable voice all at once: subtle and slightly scratchy in one instance, full and angelic the next. Whether lamenting a lost love in the ethereal shuffler “Rocketship,” reminiscing about vibrant youth in “Children of Stereo” (which sounds like a distant relative of Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly”) or aggressively demonstrating her desire for someone in the smoky, soulful rocker “I Want it All,” Larson’s singing has a quality that holds on to you tight and doesn’t let go. She is equal parts Adele, Duffy and Grace Potter all wrapped in one, and that’s a pretty dynamic combination.

Musically, the album goes in a number of directions successfully. “Foolish Love” is the sort of jangly rock that fans of Phoenix should love, her piano ballad cover of “True Colors” is a great showcase song for her vocal abilities that adds a nice nostalgic strain to the record, and “Strangers” takes the cake as the album’s most memorable song with its hypnotic piano ballad-meets ambient folk sound.

Young is largely fixated on love in its many forms: love lost, found, longed for, remembered — hell, sometimes it isn’t even about romantic love. Between the title track itself, “Children of Stereo” and “Running Wild,” you have a trio of songs dedicated to the love of life and vitality and embracing everything that makes life worth living. There is love in those songs too; it might not be as obvious, but it’s there.

Let’s Stay Young is a smart, creative record that will leave you begging for more. - Strereo Subversion


"Inside the Castle Music"

The Castle folks have a weakness for any female singer who sounds like she could star in a quirky romantic-comedy opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Larson fits nicely in this category, but her music is getting a lot of mainstream play. Her song “Almost Blows My Mind” is being used in a Special K campaign, and her music has also been featured on the shows Pretty Little Liars and The League, as well as feature films My One and Only (the trailer) and Furry Vengeance. - Wet Paint


"A Lot Like You EP review"

Keep your eyes and ears on Jules Larson, a rising pop/rock artist


Jules Larson’s second release is a pop/rock gem that also incorporates elements of alternative and soul—musically and vocally—into the mix. After one listen to the album it is easy to see why she has had tunes featured on recent episodes of popular TV shows like Castle and Grey’s Anatomy. The six songs on this EP are filled with enough passion and life to appeal to a broad number of listeners, but fortunately it’s not because the tunes are disposable pop numbers. Larson is a rising talent for sure and this album is proof of that.

“You Know It’s True,” has an almost bluegrass-meets-pop sound that nicely augments Larson’s steady vocals and lyrics about wanting to tell a guy what she really thinks of him and how, someday, she’ll pluck up the courage to do it. “I Feel Alive” is an anthemic sort of rock song in the vein of Switchfoot’s “We Are One Tonight,” and the funky pop rock of “My Own Drum” is a fun little number where Larson tells us how comfortable she is being her own person. “Silly” is an epic mid-tempo rocker, a sort of love letter about how important someone is to her, and on the album’s best track, “When the Night Falls,” Larson channels her inner Grace Potter to match the dirty groove rock sounds that sound like they are made for back alleys or poorly lit clubs.

A Lot Like You is a solid teaser to keep fans happy while awaiting her next full-length effort. Whether writing original content or ending the EP with a rich cover of Howard Jones’s seminal hit “No One is to Blame,” Larson gives a hell of a performance throughout. The songs are full of vitality, and feature the right amount of introspection and abandon to let you know Larson pays serious attention to the world around her. Keep your eyes and ears on this artist. - Stereo Subversion


"Resident Band Features Jules Larson"

Insanely catchy and I'm totally digging it! - Quirky New York Chick


"Jules Larson Provides Music for Trimming Your Tree"

Jules Larson, whose music can best be described as "soulful alternative." She originally was in a Los Angeles-based band called Overnight Lows, went solo in 2009, and since has made her mark with music placed in many television shows and commercials--don't be surprised if her voice sounds familiar! - Yahoo! Music


"Billboard Mobile Beat"

Catapulting off the band's momentum stemming from its recent radio play on LA-area rock station giant KROQ, Overnight Lows performed a high energy set in front of an enthusiastic SoCal audience on Friday night at the famed Knitting Factory. Underneath the familiar multicolored lights of the venue, the band's brand of uptempo, punk-sprinkled pop-rock was as energetic as it was contagious throughout the night. Boasting one of the most attractive female vocalists in rock music today in lead singer Jules Larson, Overnight Lows, whose music has been featured on numerous MTV programs, put together a night of consistently higher reaching highs for an audience that was reaching for more. By the end of the night, as the band continues to gain popularity throughout Southern California and beyond through radio play and their live performances, I couldn't help but think that I was witnessing the continued rise of something much bigger for Overnight Lows.

With the venue abuzz with conversation, I noticed that I wasn't the only one covering the band this night, as other photographers staked out a spot stage-side with me to take in the quickly up and coming band. As lead singer Jules took the stage, it was shocking to find that the former blonde (which I knew from their music video for "The Breaks") was now a brunette, but not just any brunette, a very hot brunette! (VERY hot... very... like so hot it could make you emo and go out to buy hair extensions and take a trip to MAC because you're not that hot) And as she announced "We're Overnight Lows!", the show was officially off and running. The super fan standing in front of me, whose reaction entailed her jumping up and down nonstop for an hour, ruining 90% of the pictures I took, was not alone in her enthusiasm for the band as Jules' introduction brought the whole audience to life with their eyes affixed on the stage.

- Billboard


Discography

LET'S STAY YOUNG (LP) - release date: 5/29/12

single - "I Want it All" - release date: 8/10/2011

A LOT LIKE YOU (EP) - release date: 9/14/2010

STRANGERS (EP) - release date: 9/29/2009

single - "Falling for the First Time" (Jeff Cardoni Remix) - release date: 3/2/2010

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Indie artist and songwriter Jules Larson has come a long way since deciding to take the solo route in 2009. Growing up just outside of Los Angeles, Jules began writing songs at age 8. Let's Stay Young is her first full-length album. Her songs have been featured in ad campaigns, as well as TV shows GREY'S ANATOMY, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, CASTLE, THE FOSTERS, and VAMPIRE DIARIES. Larson's song â€œRunning Wild" was recently in the official film trailer for THE BEST OF ME, and she also had a song in a film called THE LUCKY ONE.  She has also released 2 EPs, Strangers (produced by Ethan Allen) in 2009, and A Lot Like You in 2010.

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