At this point, much of the country is pretty familiar with Dia Frampton as the somewhat shy and incredibly endearing girl who absolutely rocked her piano cover of Yeezy’s “Heartless” on the debut season of NBC’s The Voice (where she was the first runner-up to the season’s winner, Javier Colon). I actually first heard Dia’s music in high school when she sold me her and her sister’s mostly-acoustic first album, Our Home is Gone, in our school’s parking lot. At the time Meg and Dia would play local shows with friends’ bands at the late all-ages venue, known as The Alley, in the back of The Family Music Center on W. Sahara Ave. As the story goes, The Alley, which was one of very few all-age friendly venues in Vegas at the time, was fairly short lived, and although I cannot recall the precise timing, The Alley closed its doors and Dia left town for Utah to work on Meg & Dia full time. A bit of a side-note, just prior to departing Vegas way back when, Dia recorded an excellent song called “Yellow Butterfly” with my old partner-in-crime Ian Tyler (I’d highly recommend checking both it and Ian’s music out).
Since forming Meg & Dia, consisting of Meg and Dia Frampton, Carlo Gimenez, Nick Price, and Jonathan Snyder, the group has produced several albums, toured across the country, including three stints on the Vans Warped Tour (2006, 2007, and 2009), found a solid level of success amongst the indie-rock scene, and remained together even after Dia’s major break-out on The Voice. The band that was Meg & Dia actually toured as Dia Frampton’s backing band on her most recent tour with Blake Shelton. Unfortunately, just a few days ago Meg announced that she would be leaving Meg & Dia to forge her own creative path. Dia also commented on the news, supporting her sister’s decision, in a post on her blog. Although I’m very sad to hear it, I’m really looking forward to seeing whatever she does next. Meg has an incredibly lovely and unique voice; my favorite Meg & Dia song was actually one in which Meg takes the hauntingly beautiful lead vocals: “Rebecca,” inspired by the Daphne Du Maurier novel of the same name, off of the group’s sophomore album, Something Real. Meg also has a pretty badass jewelry line that you should give a look.
I was fortunate enough to get to see the group on one of Dia’s headlining shows earlier this year (between Blake Shelton’s Well Lit & Amplified tour dates) at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Although it was incredibly different from their shows I used to catch back in Vegas, the band put on an excellent performance and blew away both their newfound and long-time dedicated fans. Hit the jump below for a few more shots or head over to my Flickr to view the full gallery at high-resolution. You can catch Dia on her current summer tour with Scars on 45.