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Sara Bareilles to play benefit show at Troubadour [updated]

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles said Wednesday she will play a special show at the Troubadour to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan

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Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles said Wednesday she will play a special show at the Troubadour to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Grammy-nominated performer -– and judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off" –- is doing the show to benefit the U.S.-based nonprofit group All Hand Volunteers, which is involved with relief efforts in Japan. 

During the show, set for March 17, Bareilles is to premiere her documentary, "A Trace of the Sun: Volunteering in Japan." The film chronicles Bareilles' trip to Japan, where she helped with the organization's relief efforts in the city of Ofunato. It is to premiere on Vevo, an online service for music videos, on March 23. 

Bareilles is currently completing an EP with her "Sing Off" costar Ben Folds.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $30 and are set to go on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m through Ticketfly.

Updated: The original version of this post said tickets go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. That was an error on the Ticketfly website. Tickets went on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m. Ticket prices are correct.

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Sara Bareilles added to panel of judges on NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’

Sara_b Sara Bareilles is set to join NBC’s a cappella competition, “The Sing-Off,” as the third celebrity judge, the network announced Thursday.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter (and Venice resident) will join Ben Folds and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman when the third season of the competition premieres Sept. 19.

“A cappella music is very near and dear to my heart, and I have been a huge fan of the show from the beginning,” Bareilles said in a statement. “I love the opportunity to be a part of something that celebrates a genre of music that I just adore and believe in. I can't wait for it to start.”

“The Sing-Off,” hosted by Nick Lachey, searches for the best a cappella groups to perform chart-topping songs. The winner snags a recording contract with Sony Music and a cash prize of $100,000.

Bareilles is currently opening for Sugarland on its Incredible Machine Tour.

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In advance of her Orpheum show, Sara Bareilles performs 'King of Anything' for The Times [video]

Sara Bareilles was anxious about the release of "Kaleidoscope Heart" -- and perhaps rightly so. The album, her second with a major label, had a lot to live up to: Her last record, 2007's "Little Voice," went platinum, and its hit single, "Love Song," earned two Grammy nominations.

But the singer-songwriter's fears about "one-upping" herself were quickly dispelled earlier this month, when her new record shot to the top spot on Billboard's Top 200 in its first week of release. 

"I really just reflected on how amazing the fans were," Bareilles said of how she celebrated the accomplishment. "...That was them showing up in droves and buying the album and telling friends and friends buying the album. I'm just incredibly grateful and shocked."

Pop & Hiss sat down with Bareilles in early September near her home in Venice, where she opened up about her desire to transcend her reputation as "the 'Love Song' girl." Last week, we stopped by her rehearsal space in Burbank, where she and her all-male band were practicing before heading out on the road to kick off her fall headlining tour in Idaho. On Tuesday, she'll play a sold out show at the Orpheum Theatre downtown.

The first single off her latest record, "King of Anything," follows in the same vein as "Love Song" -- they were both written as what she calls "pep talk songs" that helped her stay true to herself when she was being judged. ("Love Song" is about the disdain she felt toward record label executives who insisted she deliver a commercial radio single; "King of Anything" is about the disdain she felt toward those who disliked some of the songs off her new album.)

"My songs are very much diary entries for me," she said. "And so a lot of times it's almost exactly what you read in the pages of my real journal. And it's me trying to encourage myself to be positive, to be confident, to be brave. I feel like if I'm feeling it, somebody else must be feeling it in the world."

Check out a performance of "King of Anything" below:

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