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  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    Nonesuch Records releases a vinyl 7-inch single of two Randy Newman songs today, Inauguration Day 2017: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," from the new Randy Newman Songbook box set, b/w "Putin," a new song previously released only digitally. Newman says: "On this day, I would like to say a few words in defense of our country." 

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    This inauguration weekend, John Adams’s Nixon in China returns to Houston Grand Opera … Jeremy Denk brings Medieval to Modern to Philadelphia … Emmylou Harris, John Prine play Bonaparte’s Retreat benefit in Nashville … Brad Melhdau concludes solo European run … Pat Metheny continues quartet tour in Northeast US … Conor Oberst plays Switzerland, Germany … Joshua Redman leads SFJAZZ tribute shows … Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion in California … Caetano Veloso, Teresa Cristina perform in Brazil … 

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    k.d. lang's 2004 album Hymns of the 49th Parallel is now available on vinyl for the first time in the Nonesuch Store. The first-ever vinyl edition features the singer's Nonesuch debut release on a single 140-gram LP. On Hymns of the 49th Parallel, lang assembles a highly personal "Canadian Songbook" in a lushly orchestrated, gorgeously sung contemplation of work by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jane Siberry, and others.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Conor Oberst's album Salutations, a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations, is due March 17. Salutations comprises full-band versions of the ten songs from that solo album plus seven additional songs. It was recorded at the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu and Five Star Studios in Echo Park with The Felice Brothers and the legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album. Guest performers include Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M Ward, Gillian Welch, and Jonathan Wilson. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of "A Little Uncanny," "Tachycardia," and "Napalm."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Conor Oberst begins a non-stop, three-week tour of Europe and the UK, featuring music from his 2016 solo album, Ruminations, in Munich tonight. From there, the tour heads to Stuttgart, Vienna, Zurich, Cologne, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Utrecht, Brussels, London, Manchester, and Edinburgh, culminating with a concert at Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin on February 5.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    The Barbican Centre in London has announced its 2017–18 Classic Music concert season, in which pianist Jeremy Denk will be Artist in Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall. As such, Denk will lead four concerts throughout the season, with programs ranging from Mozart to Gershwin, from a collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia to a personal meditation on the Variation form. "Jeremy Denk isn't like other pianists," says the Barbican. "He's capable of spectacular musical gymnastics and the most eloquent insights—often in the same breath. In short ... he’s the ideal choice to be Milton Court’s Artist in Residence this season."

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Friday, January 13, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens, whose new album, Freedom Highway, is due February 24, has unveiled a new song from the album called "At the Purchaser's Option," which you can hear in a lyric video here. The song is one of nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote on the album, which also includes a traditional tune and two civil rights–era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." That last track and "At the Purchaser's Option" come as instant downloads with pre-orders of the album.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, January 13, 2017

    This long weekend, Brad Mehldau brings Three Pieces After Bach to Europe … Laurie Anderson joins PEN America event in NYC .. Teresa Cristina performs in Rio de Janeiro … Jeremy Denk joins National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center … Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell play Earl Scruggs tribute show … Kronos Quartet is in San Francisco … Lake Street Dive plays Sydney Fest, Blue Note Tokyo … Pat Metheny launches quartet tour in New England … Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion in Chicago … and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Laurie Anderson has received the Award of Merit for Achievement in Performing Arts from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). The 60th Annual APAP Awards Ceremony and Luncheon took place in NYC on Monday as part of APAP|NYC 2017, the association's 60th annual conference of performing arts professionals. "These recipients inspire and motivate our field to continue to grow and change," APAP President and CEO Mario Garcia Durham says of the honorees, "showing the strength and influence the arts can have in our communities, schools and cultural landscapes, and how important and influential the arts can be."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, January 6, 2017

    Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau will release their self-titled debut duo album on January 27. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at Bowery Ballroom in NYC before going into the studio to record the album, a mix of original songs and covers, like Elliott Smith's "Independence Day." You can now watch a video of their Bowery Ballroom performance of the song here. The album track may be downloaded now with pre-orders of Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, along with their take on "Scarlet Town," written by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

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  • Friday, January 6, 2017

    Lake Street Dive brings Side Pony to the Southern Hemisphere, touring Australia … Jeremy Denk performs Beethoven with North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh … Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion from Seattle … and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, January 6, 2017

    Guitarist Michael Daves and his 2016 double album, Orchids and Violence, are the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Jason Zucker. The Making of Orchids and Violence, which premiered on The Bluegrass Situation, is an intimate portrait of the album, from its conception to its release. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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