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Lake Street Dive was on the Today show this morning, performing "Mistakes" from the band's Nonesuch debut album, Side Pony. You can watch the performance here. Another Side Pony song, "Call Off Your Dogs," was included on Public Radio's Top 10 Songs Of 2016 (So Far). "What a phenomenon Lake Street Dive is," writes World Cafe's David Dye. "It's the cohesion of all four band members that makes Lake Street Dive's newest album, Side Pony, unique." The band resumes its North American tour on August 3.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio TelevisionRadioWednesday, June 29, 2016|0 commentsListen: Allen Toussaint's "American Tunes" Reviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"; His "Touch and Timing Shine"
Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, released to critical acclaim earlier this month, continues to earn rave reviews. Paste calls it "a beautiful colleciton of tracks that showcase his love of music no matter the genre." NPR's Fresh Air says it's "a fond last look at a composer and pianist who helped refine classic New Orleans pop and rhythm & blues and then brought them into the modern world. We miss him already." You can hear the complete review here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsRadioWednesday, June 29, 2016|0 comments
The Staves are the guests on this week's episode of Acoustic Café, discussing and performing from their new EP, Sleeping In A Car, and their 2015 Nonesuch debut album, If I Was. The trio performs the title track and "Roses" from the new EP, and "Sadness Don't Own Me" and "Damn It All" from If I Was. The Staves, who just completed a headlining tour of North America, will perform at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival this summer.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioRadioThursday, June 16, 2016|0 comments
Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, was released last week to critical acclaim, with three new and noteworthy reviews just in. American Tunes adds "an elegant new perspective on Toussaint's legacy," says NPR's All Things Considered. "He sings the same way he plays piano: gracefully, using understatement to devastating effect, says reviewer Tom Moon. "That kind of poise is easy to overlook, but it's crucial to just about everything on this delightful survey of American tunes. And it's one of the qualities that made Allen Toussaint an American treasure." Listen to the review here. The album is "an elegant and fitting adieu from the New Orleans master," says the AP. "Toussaint makes a fine final impression on American Tunes, a repertoire as rich as his own contributions to music over a nearly 60-year career."Stereophile names American Tunes its Recording of the Month, calling it "a fantastic and esoteric tour through the Great American Songbook, as selected by the old master himself."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Radio ReviewsRadioTuesday, May 31, 2016|0 comments
The new album Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny has been reviewed on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. "The album lets you hear why the headliners get along," explains Fresh Air reviewer Kevin Whitehead: "the guitarist's approach to sound and melody and streaking long tones spoke to the trumpeter from the first." You can hear the complete review here. The Guardian gives the album four stars. "Metheny enters completely into the exploratory spirit," says Guardian's John Fordham, "and gives Vu's intriguing music a fresh dimension and creative support."