Wednesday, April 11, 2012|0 comments
The Black Keys will be headlining the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, which runs from August 3 to 5 in Chicago's Grant Park. Their fellow headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Also performing are Amadou & Mariam, whose new album, Folila, is out in the US this week. The Black Keys headline Coachella this week and next then launch the next leg of their North American arena tour with special guests Arctic Monkeys.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsWednesday, April 11, 2012|0 commentsCheikh Lô Launches North American Tour Featuring New Album's "Music of Warmth and Grace" (Washington Post)
Senegalese singer-songwriter Cheikh Lô has returned to North America to play a series of venues and festivals featuring music from his critically acclaimed fifth album, Jamm. This will be the first opportunity for North American audiences to hear Lô performing songs from the album since its release in July 2011. Its "easy rhythms underpin music of warmth and grace," says the Washington Post. The tour begins in Washington, DC, tonight and includes a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York, sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Louisiana International Festival, and shows in St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, Ithaca, Montreal, and Toronto.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, April 10, 2012|0 commentsAmadou & Mariam's New Album, "Folila," Out Now: "Magic," Says Newsweek; Their "Most Enjoyable Disc Yet" (AP)
Amadou & Mariam's new album, Folila, is out now in the US. The album epitomizes the duo's embrace of collaboration, with contributions by Santigold, TV on the Radio, Theophilus London, and others. Folila may be "this duo’s most enjoyable disc yet," says the AP. Newsweek calls them "Magic, indeed." The Philadelphia Inquirer says the duo is "adding new elements to a richly varied approach that has served them well for years." The Christian Science Monitor raves: "From start to finish, Folila can barely contain the joy." Watch an acoustic performance of two album tracks here, via The Fader.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsTuesday, April 10, 2012|1 commentsBilly Bragg to Tour in Celebration of Woody Guthrie Centennial Following Release of "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions"
Billy Bragg will launch a tour of Europe and North America this spring and summer in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie's birth. The tour, titled The Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me Tour, follows the Nonesuch release of Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, on April 21, and will feature songs from that collection, in which Bragg and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy set Guthrie's words to music. The tour will take Bragg to concert halls and summer festivals, including the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. The North American leg of the tour begins at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on June 22.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, April 10, 2012|0 comments
A new production of John Adams's groundbreaking first opera Nixon in China, led by director Chen Shi-Zheng, receives its premiere performance at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris tonight. Musical director Alexander Briger leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Châtelet choir, and a cast featuring baritone Franco Pompini as President Richard Nixon. Performances begin tonight and run through next Wednesday, April 18. Watch a preview of the new production here. Nonesuch Records reissued the Grammy-winning original cast recording of Nixon in China last year.