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  • Thursday, March 21, 2019

    The 2019 Big Ears Festival gets under way today, and as usual, featured among the performers are several Nonesuch artists: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, and Mountain Man. Big Ears takes place at venues throughout downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, through Sunday.

  • Monday, March 18, 2019

    Mountain Man's set at NPR Music's SXSW Tiny Desk Family Hour was among the "'Wow' Moments from SXSW 2019," said All Songs Considered. You can now watch the trio—Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Molly Sarlé, Amelia Meath—perform three songs from the set: "AGT" from their album Magic Ship; Sarlé's "Human"; and "Grasses" by Daughter of Swords, Sauser-Monnig's new solo project. NPR's Stephen Thompson, in sharing this "softly joyful set," notes Mountain Man's "resplendent blend" and the "wonderful folk-pop songs" to come from Daughter of Swords.

  • Monday, March 18, 2019

    Yola had a jam-packed week at SXSW, performing at showcases, radio sessions, and parties across Austin, including The Current Day Party, the 30-minute set from which you can watch here, and Andrew Bird's Live From the Great Room, their duet of "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" from which you can watch here as well. Yola's debut album, Walk Through Fire, is No. 1 on the UK Americana Album chart and is WFUV's New Dig. "Every so often, a musician emerges that really stops the world in its tracks. Yola," WFUV exclaims, "is one of those special talents."

Artist Spotlight

  • On Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Caroline Shaw's album Orange, Attacca Quartet performs six of her pieces for string quartet. The string quartet form "has existed for hundreds of years, but there's something, for me, beautiful and ritualistic about coming back to that form," says Shaw. "This album is a celebration of the simple, immediate, unadorned beauty of a natural, everyday, familiar thing."

  • Rhiannon Giddens’s album there is no Other, recorded with the multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, was produced by Joe Henry and tracked over five days in Dublin. The album is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

  • Pianist Jeremy Denk's new album, c. 1300–c. 2000, presents a centuries-long story of constantly emerging possibilities and styles of musical expression, an evolution drawn in a single arc by the music of twenty-four different composers, from Guillaume de Machaut to György Ligeti. The Telegraph says: "Quite exhilarating."

  • Joshua Redman Quartet's Come What May is the first album in almost two decades from the saxophonist and his longtime friends and colleagues pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. "Mr. Redman's place is secure as one of the most effusive and engaging tenor saxophonists in straight-ahead jazz," says the New York Times, and the Quartet is "well attuned to his language of elastic tenacity."

  • The Black Keys return with the song "Lo/Hi," the first new music from the band since its 2014 album, Turn Blue. "Lo/Hi" was written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, and recorded at Nashville's Easy Eye Sound studio. 

Tour

Thu, Mar 21
7:30 PM
Orpheum Theater
Madison, WIUnited States
Thu, Mar 21
Orpheum Theater
Madison,WIUnited States
Thu, Mar 21
8:00 PM
Saturn
Birmingham, ALUnited States
Thu, Mar 21
Saturn
Birmingham,ALUnited States
Thu, Mar 21
8:00 PM
La Comète
Châlons-en-champagne, France
Piano Concerto w/Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Thu, Mar 21
La Comète
Châlons-en-champagne,France
Thu, Mar 21
8:00 PM
Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TNUnited States
Big Ears Festival: Lucy Negro Redux w/Nashville Ballet
Thu, Mar 21
Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville,TNUnited States
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