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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman has unveiled a brief video of the group—saxophonist Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King—at Brooklyn Recording studio as they made their just-released self-titled debut album. You can watch the short piece, set to an excerpt of the album track "As This Moment Slips Away," here. The band kicks off the European leg of its tour this weekend.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsTuesday, June 30, 2015|0 comments
Conor Oberst closed out his recent US tour with a performance at the Rock the Garden festival, presented by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and MPR's The Current, earlier this month. The set, for which he was backed by the Felice Brothers, featured songs from his Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, and more. Fans around the world can now watch their performance of "Hundreds of Ways" here and hear the full set at thecurrent.org.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour VideoArtist News
The Arcs have unveiled a new track, "Outta My Mind," from their forthcoming album, Yours, Dreamily, due September 4. You can hear the song here and download it now when you pre-order the album, along with the previously released track "Stay in My Corner," which NPR noted for its "slinky, timeless feel, propelled with alluring ease by [Dan] Auerbach's falsetto and a lush instrumental backdrop." A 7-inch single featuring "Outta My Mind" will be released on July 10. The Arcs are Dan Auerbach, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss, and Nick Movshon. Also on the album are Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist News
Rhiannon Giddens's album Tomorrow Is My Turn is among NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far). "The first thought that takes over during a listen to Rhiannon Giddens' solo debut is: This woman can sing anything," exclaims NPR. "Stop marveling for a moment and this impeccably constructed, hotly executed collection reveals the brain and soul that feed the extraordinary voice." She kicks off a European tour in London on Tuesday. Also on the list is the debut album from Congolese band Mbongwana Star, From Kinshasa. The album, a World Circuit release distributed in North America by Nonesuch, "is at once earthy and totally futuristic," says NPR. "[Y]ou hear the band's metamorphic power throttling straight into the fringes of the great beyond."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist News
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's new album, The Traveling Kind, released earlier this year to critical acclaim, is now available on vinyl. The LP edition is pressed on 140-gram, audiophile vinyl and includes a download of the complete album. "Here, they consciously embrace the full breadth of their expression," says NPR. "This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other." Rolling Stone says: "Their creative partnership sounds stronger than ever."