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  • Monday, July 30, 2018

    Rhiannon Giddens's "At The Purchaser's Option," from her 2017 album, Freedom Highway, has made NPR Music's list of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+. The song comes in at No. 30 on list, part of NPR Music's Turning the Tables project. "The songs are by artists whose major musical contributions ... have shifted attitudes, defied categories and pushed sound in new directions," says NPR. "Giddens has become a leader in the Americana world by foregrounding her talent for telling black Americans' stories, as she does on her 2017 LP Freedom Highway."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Web
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express—while in New York City to perform music from their album Junun with Jonny Greenwood on tour opening for Radiohead—stopped by the WNYC studios as guests on New Sounds' Soundcheck. Ben Tzur spoke with host John Schaefer about the album and joined the band to perform songs from it. You can watch the complete set here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Rostam is a guest on the LSQ podcast with host Jenny Eliscu. The two met more than a decade ago, when Eliscu fell in "love at first listen" for Vampire Weekend, and she wrote about the band for Rolling Stone. "Rostam and I became friends and have had numerous conversations on the record and off in the years since but never one as focused as the conversation" for the podcast, she says. You can hear her chat with Rostam, an "all-around awesome dude," here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Web
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Punch Brothers were on the season finale of public radio's Live From Here hosted by Chris Thile on June 30, performing songs from their forthcoming album, All Ashore, out next week. You can now watch "It's All Part of the Plan" and "Like It's Going Out of Style" from the show here. Download the album version of "It's All Part of the Plan" now when you pre-order All Ashore. Punch Brothers begin an extensive US summer tour this Thursday.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Friday, June 22, 2018

    Robert Plant was on CBC's Q. He spoke with host Tom Power about his new album, Carry Fire, traveling the world, his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers football club, musical influences, eight-year-old drummer Yoyoka Soma's take on Led Zeppelin's "Good Times Bad Times," and more. Watch the conversation here. Plant's North American tour continues out West this weekend and heads to the Pacific Northwest next week.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Rostam, in London for back-to-back shows, stopped by BBC Radio 6 Music this morning to perform songs from his debut album, Half-Light, on Lauren Laverne's show and talk with her about the album and tour. "One of my favorite records of 2017," says Laverne of Half-Light, "absolutely phenomenal debut album." Hear it here. Rostam closes out his European spring tour in Dublin as special guest of The National on Saturday. He performs at the Newport Folk Festival with Hamilton Leithauser in July.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour Radio
  • Friday, May 18, 2018

    Lake Street Dive stopped by MPR's The Current while in St. Paul to perform a sold-out show at the Palace Theater. They spoke with host Mac Wilson about the new album Free Yourself Up and performed three songs from it: "Good Kisser," "Hang On," and "Doesn't Even Matter Now." You can watch videos of the first two performances here and listen to the complete session at

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Still Dreaming, the new album from saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley, and trumpeter Ron Miles, out next Friday, May 25, is streaming in full till then as an NPR First Listen. The album was inspired by the band Old and New Dreams, of which Joshua Redman's father Dewey was a member and which had an all-star lineup of Ornette Coleman collaborators. "The rhythmic undertow in this band feels true to its inspiration, as does the airtight-yet-relaxed rapport between Redman and Miles," says NPR's Nate Chinen.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Radio
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Lake Street Dive is on NPR's World Cafe, discussing and performing two songs from the new album Free Yourself Up—"Good Kisser" and "Musta Been Something"—plus "Saving All My Sinning," from 2016's Side Pony. Host Talia Schalnger says: "If you've heard any of the original music they make, you know they take all the most fun bits of pop, soul, disco, jazz, rock and roll and stitch them together into something all their own." Hear the session here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Monday, April 23, 2018

    Rhiannon Giddens was on NPR's All Things Considered on Sunday. She spoke with host Michel Martin about her MacArthur Fellowship, the role of the banjo in her work, and her latest album, Freedom Highway, from which she performed two songs: "At the Purchaser's Option" and "Julie." You can hear the conversation and performance here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, March 30, 2018

    Laurie Anderson is the guest on the latest episode of PRI's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. On the show, Anderson and Andersen discuss her life and career and how she has responded to loss. That response includes All the Things I Lost in the Flood, her new book, and Landfall, her new album with Kronos Quartet that was inspired by her experience of Hurricane Sandy. Hear the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet's new album Landfall was reviewed on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Fans can hear Kronos "explode their range" on the new album, says reviewer Milo Miles. He also notes "the unprecedented mixture of strings and electronics guided by Anderson's unmistakable voice." The album results "from years of practicing, performing, refining and tweaking the collaborations," Miles concludes. "You can hear how the time and care have paid off." You can listen to the complete review here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Reviews


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