Tuesday, August 26, 2014|2 commentsRobert Plant's "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar" "His Best Solo Album Yet," Says Q; Mojo, Uncut Album of the Month
Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, has already begun to receive rave reviews in the UK. The album has earned four stars from Q and Mojo and nine out of ten in Uncut. Q says "he’s produced his best solo album yet … a beautifully moving, soul-stirring, bravely genre-blurring album." Mojo, calling it "a rewarding, often touching listen," makes it Album of the Month, as does Uncut, which says it is "a record that deftly aligns the chakras of Plant’s storied career while also being a bold act of reinvention ... His uniqueness has never been more apparent."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsTuesday, August 26, 2014|0 comments
Nickel Creek have performed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR's All Songs Considered, featuring four songs from the group's new album, A Dotted Line. "Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable," says All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. "The trio, backed here by bassist Mark Schatz, has no equal. Nickel Creek has been doing this on and off since its members were kids, and what blows me away is the comfort and ease with which they navigate their instruments. That skill, and the creative force behind it, is a joy and a thrill to witness." Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsFriday, August 22, 2014|0 comments
With just about two weeks to go before the release of Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, on September 9, Plant and his band the Sensational Space Shifters take fans through the new album in a new short film, which you can watch below. Band member Justin Adams discusses the band's unanimity and creative freedom, while Skin Tyson talks about "creating space at the right time, for each other," and Johnny Baggot discusses his psychedelic looping samples.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsThursday, August 21, 2014|0 comments
Nonesuch releases composer Steve Reich’s album Radio Rewrite on September 30, 2014. The album features the first recording of the 2012 title piece, which references two songs by Radiohead and is performed by Alarm Will Sound led by Alan Pierson; Electric Counterpoint (1987), performed by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood; and Piano Counterpoint, a 2011 transcription by Vincent Corver of Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos, performed by pianist Vicky Chow. Steve Reich and Musicians join Philip Glass and his Ensemble for three performances for the Nonesuch Records at BAM 50th anniversary celebration; Alarm Will Sound also performs two concerts as part of the series, including Radio Rewrite.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsWednesday, August 20, 2014|0 comments
John Adams’s 1995 "songplay" I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky receives its long-overdue LA premiere in a Long Beach Opera performance at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday. The piece, with a libretto by the late poet June Jordan, uses the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake as a starting point to explore race, gender, and immigration issues among young Angelenos. Nonesuch Records released the recording of Ceiling/Sky in 1998, featuring Audra McDonald, among others.