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Benjamín Escoriza, the Spanish singer and former vocalist of Radio Tarifa, died on March 9, 2012, after a long illness. Benjamín Escoriza was born in Colomera, Granada, in 1953 and moved to Madrid in 1989, where he met Vicente Molino and Fain Sanchez Dueñas. They would form the band Radio Tarifa, which release four albums on World Circuit/Nonesuch Records: Rumba Argelina, Temporal, Cruzando el Rio, and Fiebre.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, March 12, 2012|0 comments
Carolina Chocolate Drops continued their US tour over weekend with two sold-out shows and could be heard far and wide all over the public-radio airwaves, on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and PRI's Here and Now discussing their new album, Leaving Eden, and on PRI's Studio 360. "The Carolina Chocolate Drops put new life into old-timey music with their 2010 release Genuine Negro Jig, put a contemporary spin on southern string tunes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries," says Weekend Edition's Scott Simon. "And that collection went on to win a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. Now, the Chocolate Drops have returned with their banjos, bare bones and fiddles."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioArtist NewsFriday, March 9, 2012|1 commentsJonny Greenwood Featured in New York Times Magazine, Tracing His Composing Roots to Penderecki and Radiohead
The new album pairing works by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with the works they inspired by Jonny Greenwood is due out next week. Greenwood is the subject of an extensive feature article in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine that traces the roots of his compositions to his appreciation for Penderecki's music, through his own film scores and to the ever-evolving sounds of Radiohead. "Greenwood cites an early-’90s concert of Penderecki’s music as a conversion experience," says the Times; "he’s obsessed with Penderecki the way a lot of people are obsessed with Radiohead."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, March 9, 2012|0 commentsWatch: Punch Brothers Perform "Movement and Location" in NYC; Salon Says "A Virtuosic Young Band Finds Its Voice"
Punch Brothers celebrated the release of their new album last month with a special show at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall. Their performance of the song "Movement and Location" from that night has premiered in a video on The New Yorker's site; watch it here. Salon's Seth Mnookin calls the song "a propulsive masterpiece that sets the tone, both musically and thematically, for what’s to come" on the album. "Punch Brothers have achieved a kind of mind-meld that’s only possible when preternaturally talented musicians spend hours pushing themselves, and each other, to explore their passion and creativity."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviews VideoArtist NewsThursday, March 8, 2012|0 commentsWatch: Punch Brothers Perform Three Songs from "Who's Feeling Young Now?" for WFUV; New Album "Rich and Evocative" Says LA Times
Punch Brothers are currently on tour in North America and has made its way to California for shows at The Fillmore in San Francisco tonight and El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles Saturday. The band has "further refined its sound on its latest album," Who's Feeling Young Now?, writes the Los Angeles Times. Its "rich and evocative tracks capture a white-hot musical mind coming into his own and collaborating with stellar peers." Last month, following the release of the new album, the band stopped by the studios of NYC public radio station WFUV to perform a few songs off the record. Watch them here.