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  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    Sam Amidon's new album, The Following Mountain, is out now. (Outside the US, the CD will follow on June 2, the vinyl on June 30.) Created with producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Regina Spektor) and Amidon's frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, it represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. To coincide with the album's release, Amidon has unveiled a video for the album track "Blackbird," which you can watch here. He will play an album release concert at Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 14.

  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    This Memorial Day weekend, Fleet Foxes lead four-night run at Sydney Opera House … Jeremy Denk joins Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra … Richard Goode gives solo recital at Bath Festival … Tigran Hamasyan tours Japan … Berg's Lulu is performed in Rome … Audra McDonald is in Bethesda, Westhampton … Pat Metheny continues quartet tour in France, Spain … The Staves are at BottleRock Napa … Chris Thile concludes US duo tour with Béla Fleck …

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Kronos Quartet and Rhiannon Giddens have shared their recording of her "Lullaby," arranged by Punch Brothers' Gabe Witcher, from the new album Folk Songs, due June 9. You can hear it here. On the album, Kronos joins forces with labelmates Giddens, Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, and Natalie Merchant to perform mostly traditional tunes with contemporary arrangements. "Lullaby" is available to download now with pre-orders of Folk Songs, along with the previously released track "The Butcher's Boy," featuring Merchant.

Artist Spotlight

  • Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes' long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, comprises eleven songs, all written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up comes six years after the release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band's self-titled debut.

  • Sam Amidon's 2017 album The Following Mountain represents a new approach for the singer and multi-instrumentalist, who shifts from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album was created with producer Leo Abrahams and frequent Amidon collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, with a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves.

  • The Natalie Merchant Collection, a deluxe 10-CD box set, comprises all eight of her solo studio albums from the previous three decades; a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalog, all arranged for string quartet; and a disc of rare and unreleased tracks. Includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter's solo career, an archival treasure box for collectors.

  • Dark Matter, Randy Newman's first album of new material in nine years, is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian called "the work of a true master of popular song." Produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher, the album includes songs about Vladimir Putin, the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

  • For more than 40 years, Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 50 recordings, commissioning more than 800 new works and arrangements, and collaborating with renowned artists from around the globe.

Tour

Sat, May 27
(All day)
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MDUnited States
w/Béla FleckDelFest, runs May 25–28
Sat, May 27
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland,MDUnited States
Sat, May 27
7:00 PM
Shikiori
Fukuoka, Japan
Sat, May 27
Shikiori
Fukuoka,Japan
Sat, May 27
8:00 PM
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Westhampton, NYUnited States
Sat, May 27
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Westhampton,NYUnited States
Sat, May 27
8:00 PM
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia
Vivid LIVE
Sat, May 27
Sydney Opera House
Sydney,Australia
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