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http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/staves-featured-npr-all-songs-considered-2015-05-05Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Staves are featured on the latest episode of NPR's All Songs Considered, titled "Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know." The episode centers on songs that suggest "a means of making magic out of circumstance," starting with The Staves' "No Me, No You, No More," off their new Justin Vernon-produced album, If I Was. It's "a rich, compelling folk song heavy with longing but buoyed by the trio's sweet, high harmonies," says the show. "The song is a testament to letting go of expectation in the midst of creation, to finding the way forward on a road no one expected to travel." The Staves perform at Rough Trade in Brooklyn next Monday, May 11, and at Vernon's Eaux Claires festival in July.Read morehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/lianne-la-havas-perform-new-york-los-angeles-new-orleans-july-2015-05-05Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Lianne La Havas, whose new album, Blood, is due out later this year, will perform three shows in the US in July: a set at the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 5, and headline shows at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on July 7 and Bowery Ballroom in New York City on July 9. Essence Festival tickets are on sale now; tickets for the LA and NYC shows go on sale this Friday, May 8.Read morehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/hear-emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-traveling-kind-streaming-npr-first-listen-2015-05-04Monday, May 4, 2015
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's new duo album, The Traveling Kind, is due out next week. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen. "To generations of folk, country and roots listeners, these two are, indeed, archetypes of trend-outlasting creative restlessness," says NPR Music's Jewly Hight. "Here, they consciously embrace the full breadth of their expression ... This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other."Read morehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/hear-tyondai-braxton-hive1-streaming-full-npr-first-listen-2015-05-04Monday, May 4, 2015
Tyondai Braxton's Nonesuch debut album, HIVE1, is due out next week. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen at npr.org. "New sounds continually spark like fireworks inside HIVE1's shifting, stereo-spanning mix, which is especially intoxicating through headphones," says NPR Music's Marc Masters. "[W]hat sets this album apart is its playfulness—the feeling that experimenting with sound is a joyful game rather than an academic exercise."Read morehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/french-electronic-artist-st-germain-release-first-album-15-years-nonesuch-2015-05-04Monday, May 4, 2015
St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard and Tourist originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Air, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record, due October 9 on Nonesuch Records in the US, marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Pre-orders of the album include an instant download of the opening track, "Real Blues," which you can hear here.Read morehttp://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cap-ucla-2015-16-randy-newman-sam-amidon-richard-goode-rokia-traore-2015-05-04Monday, May 4, 2015Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA 2015–16 Season to Include Randy Newman, Sam Amidon, Richard Goode, Rokia Traoré
The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA has announced its 2015–16 season, and featured among the artists performing this season are several artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Randy Newman, Sam Amidon, Richard Goode, and Rokia Traoré. The season also includes works by Steve Reich, as part of a celebration of choreographer Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker, and the West Coast premiere of a new work by Timo Andres.