The Black Keys' new music video for "Gold on the Ceiling," off their album El Camino, premiered Monday on MTV. The video was directed by Reid Long and captures the band both on stage and behind the scenes, at their album release show at New York's Webster Hall and on the road. SPIN calls the song "a punchy, swag-friendly rave-up." VH1 calls it "an honest, organic rock song that is as faithful to the roots of the genre as any modern band can be." MTV sums up the video succinctly: "It simply features The Black Keys doing what they do best: rocking the f*** out." Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsKronos Quartet's New Album Features "Exquisitely Recorded, Radiant" Performance of Martynov "Masterpiece" (LA Times)
Kronos Quartet's new album features the work of contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov. The Los Angeles Times calls his Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished) a "masterpiece. The performance, exquisitely recorded, is radiant." The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette calls it a "hauntingly beautiful work, a masterwork ... This is an album brimming with warmth and emotion, of flesh and spirit, that is romantic and beautifully played." The album comes "highly recommended" from All Music, which says: "Nonesuch's sound is clean, warmly immediate, and vibrant." The Winnipeg Free Press says "the Kronos crew deliver a stunning exploration that sends chills."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsAdam Guettel's "Myths and Hymns" Given "Gently Luminous Staging" (NY Times) at NYC's West End Theatre
Myths and Hymns, Adam Guettel's song cycle on the subject of faith and longing in a secular world, has opened in a new production at New York's West End Theatre featuring a new narrative and direction by Elizabeth Lucas. It's a "gently luminous staging," says the New York Times; "the universal expressions of hope, fear, yearning and desire in the songs will strike deeply sounding chords." Nonesuch released a recording of the songs of Myths and Hymns in 1997 with vocals from the likes of Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin, Kristin Chenoweth, and the composer himself.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, February 7, 2012|0 comments
Punch Brothers' new album, Who's Feeling Young Now?, is out just one week from today. Anyone who's pre-ordered or does so this week is entered to win tickets to an intimate, invite-only show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on February 20. The band will perform on The Tonight Show next Wednesday and can be seen performing the album's opening track in a new video from Vanity Fair by photographer Danny Clinch. Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsTuesday, February 7, 2012|0 comments
Congratulations to k.d. lang, who has been nominated for a JUNO Award for Producer of the Year. lang was recognized for co-producing, with Joe Pisapia, her latest album, Sing it Loud. Another Canadian icon, William Shatner, will host the 2012 JUNO Awards broadcast, airing live on CTV the evening of Sunday, April 1, from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Tickets go on sale this Friday. lang and her band the Siss Boom Bang launch their spring/summer tour May 8 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.