The results of the 79th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll have been announced, and topping the list for Jazz Album of the Year is Pat Metheny Unity Group's debut album, Kin (←→). The Pat Metheny Unity Group was also voted top Jazz Group, Metheny is top of the Guitar category, and band member Chris Potter is the winner of the Tenor Saxophone category. “This year’s poll is especially satisfying,” said Frank Alkyer, DownBeat’s publisher, who lauds the winners for continuing "to make ambitious, beautiful artistic statements." The Pat Metheny Unity Group resumes its North American tour November 11.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist News
The Black Keys will tape a performance for Austin City Limits on Monday, November 17, for the program's 40th season. The band is making its second appearance on the PBS series, having made their ACL debut around the release of their 2010 album Brothers. For information on how to get free passes about a week before the taping, visit acltv.com. The Black Keys are currently on tour in North America; the Calgary Herald, reviewing last night's show at the Saddledome, says the band "deliver[ed] in a big, big way."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour TelevisionArtist News
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters are on BBC Two's Later ... with Jools Holland tonight, performing "Little Maggie" and "Turn It Up" from the new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. Tune in to BBC Two again this Friday night for the full, one-hour episode of Later to see them perform "Little Maggie" plus "House of Love" and "Whole Lotta Love." They kick off a sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland on 9 November.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News TelevisionArtist NewsMonday, October 27, 2014|0 commentsNonesuch Releases Live Recording from "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" Concert January 13
On January 13, 2015, Nonesuch Records releases a two-disc collection capturing a one-night-only concert held at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013 to celebrate the music of the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, featuring live performances by icons and rising stars of folk and Americana. They sang "in pitch perfect tone that left an oft-awestruck audience silently stunned," says the Los Angeles Times, "then vocally thrilled." The concert, the resulting Showtime documentary, and this live album were produced by Joel and Ethan Coen and T Bone Burnett.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News FilmArtist NewsMonday, October 27, 2014|0 comments
Conor Oberst, who recently closed out another US leg of his world tour, has announced a tour of Australia for February and March of 2015. The tour kicks off at The Triffid in Brisbane, includes multiple stops in Melbourne and Sydney, and culminates in a set at the Golden Plains Festival. Oberst will be joined on the tour by special guests The Felice Brothers.