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Punch Brothers, who return to the road next month starting at the Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass festivals, have kicked off the sixth season of the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series. "First up, it’s the thoroughly awesome Punch Brothers, who covered The Cars for us way back in 2012," says the A.V. Club. "[Y]ou can never hear a banjo- and mandolin-assisted cover of The Strokes' 'Reptilia' too many times." Watch them perform it as many times as you'd like in the video here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsTuesday, May 12, 2015|0 comments
The Congolese seven-piece band Mbonwana Star releases its debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, next week, with vinyl to follow on June 9. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full all this week via Vice's music site Noisey. The group stiches "together bombastic African rhythms with lithe guitars and sinuous basslines to make your body bang," says Noisey. "Mbonwana Star's debut album, From Kinshasa, features a breadth of textures and moods," the site continues. "Its strength lies in its dynamic eclecticism, a gleeful mish-mash of genres ... It's time to press play and immerse yourself in another world."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, May 11, 2015|2 commentsNonesuch Releases Kronos Quartet Terry Riley Box Set, New Disc to Honor Composer as He Turns 80; Due June 23
In honor of groundbreaking American composer Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Nonesuch Records releases One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley—a five-disc box set of four albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet—as well as the individual record Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley, on June 23, 2015. Riley and Kronos met more than 35 years ago, and since then, the quartet has commissioned 27 works from him, more than from any other composer in the group’s history. Pre-orders include an instant download of the piece G Song, which you can hear here. Kronos Quartet continues its celebration of its friend with the KRONOS PRESENTS: Terry Riley Festival, June 26–28 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, May 11, 2015|0 comments
Guitarist Ry Cooder, country music songbird Sharon White, and country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs are combining forces for a national road show. The three music vets have announced the "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour, their maiden voyage as a musical trio. The tour kicks off in Salt Lake City on June 16 and continues with scheduled performances in Denver, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York City, and more. "You are going to hear four-part singing from the heart," says Cooder, "the finest and best instrumental activity in the land, songs you know and love and to top it off, the indomitable Buck White on piano who will turn your money green. Now who's happy? That's the way we're gonna stay so knock on wood!"Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsFriday, May 8, 2015|0 comments
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell celebrate the release of their new duo album, The Traveling Kind, out next Tuesday, by hosting a "takeover" of SiriusXM Outlaw Country—channel 60—during the week of its release, including their own daily one-hour show, an interview and performance on The Buddy & Jim Show with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, and an intimate performance with a live audience at the SiriusXM studios in New York City for a very special broadcast event hosted by Elvis Costello.