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Today marks the release of Punch Brothers' five-song EP The Wireless. The tracks were recorded during sessions for the band's T Bone Burnett–produced album The Phosphorescent Blues, which was released earlier this year to critical acclaim, and four of the tracks were included on the vinyl edition of the album. The Chicago Tribune called the album "a typical genre-busting melange of avant-roots music that fuses jazz instrumental chops and acoustic earthiness, Beach Boys harmonies and Debussy string dances, slinky acoustic rock songs and blues laments." The Wireless comprises four original compositions, including a song with words by Gabriel Kahane entitled "Sleek White Baby," plus a cover of Elliott Smith's "Clementine."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, November 20, 2015|0 comments
The Staves have been nominated for two UK Americana Awards: UK Album of the Year for If I Was and UK Song of the Year for the album track "Black & White." (You can watch a live take on "Black & White" here.) The awards will be presented to the winners at the inaugural UK Americana Awards show at St John at Hackney on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. The band will perform at the Firefly Festival in Delaware in June.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsThursday, November 19, 2015|0 comments
Laurie Anderson was a guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross today. She shares stories from her new film and album, Heart of a Dog. You can hear their conversation here. The film is now playing at theaters across the United States, opening at additional theaters this weekend in San Jose, San Francisco, Bethesda, Fayetteville, Seattle, and more.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioArtist NewsWednesday, November 18, 2015|1 comments
Rhiannon Giddens has made a video performing Edith Piaf's beloved song "La Vie en Rose." "This is for Paris, and Beirut, and Kenya, and Charleston, and so many others; for countless innocent people devastated by terrorism—which is just a word for organized hatred and inhumanity," says Giddens. "We have to keep seeing the world in shades of rose—we have to keep hoping for peace and working for change and believing that with our art, our love, our knowledge, and most of all, our empathy and understanding for our fellow human beings, we can make a difference." You can watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsTuesday, November 17, 2015|0 comments
Lake Street Dive, whose Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, will be released on February 19, 2016, have just announced a three-week tour of Europe and the UK for April. The shows begin at the Trix Club in Antwerp on April 8 and includes stops in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK, culminating in a night at Whelans in Dublin on April 28. Tickets go on sale this Friday This tour follows the band's previously announced North American tour in February and March. Tickets for the North American tour go on sale on Thursday.