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Prior to the release of Mehliana: Taming the Dragon, the debut album from Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana's electric duo, they had been performing together for some time, including a show at Largo in LA in October of 2013, several songs from which were filmed live. The videos, directed and recorded by Alex Chaloff, released thus far include live takes on album tracks "Sleeping Giant," "Just Call Me Nige," and "Hungry Ghost." A fourth and final video, of the song "Centinela," which is not on the album, can now be seen here. Mehliana performs at the Music Meeting Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on May 24, the pair's only scheduled date for the rest of the year.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsWednesday, May 13, 2015|1 comments
The Black Keys are the subject of the latest film in the Rolling Stone Films series Mastering the Craft, titled "The Big Come Up." In the film, band mates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recount their early days, discussing how they first came together to make music in their hometown of Akron, Ohio, and later went on to form the band after a random recording session. The film includes interviews with the band and their families along with their earliest demo recordings and footage from their very first concert and more. Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist News
Today marks the release of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's new album, The Traveling Kind, with the vinyl to follow on June 30. "This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other," says NPR. USA Today names it Album of the Week. "Artists such as Harris and Crowell, of course, sustain their longevity by using time, and the experience it brings, to enrich their creative and interpretive work." "Their first duo album, Old Yellow Moon, won a Grammy," says the Boston Globe, "and this follow-up is even better." The duo has added a number of new tour dates this fall.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist News
Today marks the release of HIVE1, the label debut from Tyondai Braxton. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the recording comprises eight pieces that were originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013. Q magazine calls the new album "a sonically absorbing experience." NPR says: "[W]hat sets this album apart is its playfulness—the feeling that experimenting with sound is a joyful game." Braxton gives the Canadian premiere of HIVE at the Mutek festival in Montreal later this month and performs the piece for three nights at The Kitchen in NYC in early JuneRead more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist News
Lianne La Havas has unveiled a music video for the song "Unstoppable," the first track off her forthcoming album, Blood, which is due out later this year. The video was shot in London and directed by Olivier Groulx. You can watch the video here and download the track now when you pre-order the album, which Pigeons and Planes includes among the Most Anticipated Albums of 2015. "In the modern world of artificial pop and electronically charged hits, Lianne La Havas brings life," says the site. "[H]er more recent work has her sounding more confident, focused, and better than ever."