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  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    Gabriel Kahane joins Chris Thile on Live From Here … Sam Amidon begins UK tour in Birmingham … Laurie Anderson brings The Language of the Future to Lithuania … Timo Andres plays New Sounds Live in NYC … David Byrne launches American Utopia UK tour in Leeds … Tigran Hamasyan is in California … James Farm concludes European tour in Germany … Kronos Quartet premieres new program at Stanford … Natalie Merchant headlines Hudson Valley Votes benefit … Mandy Patinkin continues Diaries 2018 NYC residency … and more …

  • Friday, October 19, 2018

    David Byrne brings the American Utopia tour back to the UK and to Ireland for eight arena shows starting at the First Direct Arena in Leeds this Sunday and including concerts at the O2 Arena in London, Manchester Arena, Hydro in Glasgow, 3Arena in Dublin, and more. Benjamin Clementine will be Byrne’s special guest for the UK and Irish dates. The tour will then make stops in Amsterdam and Paris before heading to Hong Kong, New Zealand (where Kimbra will be special guest), and Australia. "If you only go to one gig this autumn [or spring, depending]," says the Independent's i, "make it this: David Byrne’s imaginative, breathtaking show is a work of art."

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018

    In honor of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch puppeteer Caroll Spinney's retirement from Sesame Street after nearly 50 years, we revisit Kronos Quartet's trip to that beloved street in 1987 to talk with Big Bird about the string quartet and making music. "His open and kind-hearted view of the world and how we should treat each other is something we should forever aspire to," Kronos says of Spinney, and we concur.

     

Artist Spotlight

  • Mountain Man's Nonesuch debut album, Magic Ship—a reflection on the joys, follies, and oddities of existence—is the band's second album. The songs on Magic Ship distill eight years of experience since their 2010 debut album, Made the Harbor, of sights seen, pleasures had, feelings hurt, forgiveness extended. "Mountain Man share that rare, innate gift of almost supernatural harmonizing," says NPR. "Hauntingly beautiful."

  • Composer, pianist, and singer Gabriel Kahane's Nonesuch debut album, Book of Travelers comprises his musical travelogue about the looping railway journey across the US he embarked upon the day after the 2016 Presidential election. He left behind his cell phone and other internet-connected devices, spending the next two weeks with dozens of strangers whose stories are woven into the cycle. 

  • Lake Street Dive's Free Yourself Up is, in many ways, the band's most intimate and collaborative record. The band worked as a tightly knit unit to craft the ten songs on Free Yourself Up and self-produced the album in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. "Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself," says the band, "no matter what's going wrong."

  • Punch Brothers return with All Ashore, their first self-produced album. "It's a meditation on committed relationships in the present day," says Chris Thile, "particularly in the present climate." The Independent calls it "an album of rich instrumentation and understated beauty that reveals deeper nuances on each and every listen." The Boston Globe says it's "a deeply meaningful and downright gorgeous record."

  • David Byrne's album American Utopia morphed during the writing and recording process, beginning with Brian Eno and growing to include collaboration with producer Rodaidh McDonald and contributors Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never), Jam City, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Jack Peñate, and others.

Tour

Fri, Oct 19
7:00 PM
Stadtgarten Köln
Cologne, Germany
Night of Surprise
Fri, Oct 19
Stadtgarten Köln
Cologne,Germany
Fri, Oct 19
7:30 PM
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place
New York, NYUnited States
New Sounds Live
Fri, Oct 19
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place
New York,NYUnited States
Fri, Oct 19
8:00 PM
California State University, Fresno Concert Hall
Fresno, CAUnited States
Fri, Oct 19
California State University, Fresno Concert Hall
Fresno,CAUnited States
Fri, Oct 19
8:00 PM
Jazzclub Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany
Fri, Oct 19
Jazzclub Leipzig
Leipzig,Germany
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