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Punch Brothers, the Evening Standard noted in a four-star review of their recent London show, "sounded as sharp as they looked." All the rarer then to find the band dressed casually in a new video that goes behind the scenes of the writing of their new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, which you can watch here. The band previews their forthcoming tour as musical guests on A Prairie Home Companion this weekend, guest-hosted by none other than Chris Thile. Following Rolling Stone's recent exclamation that "Punch Brothers are astoundingly skilled, non-show-offy, and pretty much pushing at the vanguard of really great music you need to listen to right now," PopMatters calls their new album "another triumph for the quintet." No Depression calls it "tremendous," explaining: "These are, after all, five of the most dexterous, creative, imaginative musicians working in any area of music today."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Reviews VideoArtist NewsTuesday, February 3, 2015|1 commentsBuena Vista Social Club’s "Lost and Found," Collection of Previously Unreleased Tracks, Due March 24
Buena Vista Social Club’s Lost and Found is due March 24 from World Circuit Records. Coming almost two decades after the release of the original Grammy-winning, self-titled LP, the new album is a collection of previously unreleased tracks—some of which were recorded during the original album’s sessions in Havana and others from the years that followed. The studio tracks on Lost and Found were recorded at the 1996 Egrem studio sessions in Havana and during a period of rich and prolific creativity stretching into the early 2000s. Lost and Found also features live recordings from the world tours of Buena Vista’s legendary veterans. The album is available to pre-order with an instant download of the album track "Macusa."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, February 3, 2015|0 comments
Nonesuch Records releases The Staves' Justin Vernon–produced label debut, If I Was, in the US on March 31, 2015 (vinyl follows April 21). The Staves are three sisters originally from Watford, England: Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor. The album was recorded at Vernon's Eau Claire, Wisconsin, studio where he also recorded his 2012 self-titled Bon Iver album. Watch a short film about the making of the album here. If I Was is available to pre-order on iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, with an instant download of the album tracks "Blood I Bled" and "Black & White." Plans for a North American tour will be announced shortly.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, February 2, 2015|1 comments
Rhiannon Giddens' debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out next Tuesday, is streaming in full all this week as an NPR First Listen. "It's a scrupulously selected, richly realized collection of songs," writes NPR's Ann Powers. "Though she didn't write most of these songs, Giddens owns them on Tomorrow Is My Turn ... Her voice—mobile, intelligent, ready to talk back to anyone's presumptions—is always at the center here, guiding the story. Let me be the first to say it: Today is Rhiannon Giddens' turn."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, January 30, 2015|0 comments
The Black Keys' latest performance on Austin City Limits (ACL) premieres this Saturday on PBS stations across the US. The band's set includes songs from their latest album, Turn Blue, and more. You can watch their ACL performances of "Fever" and "Little Black Submarines" here plus web-exclusive videos of "Too Afraid to Love" and "Howling for You." This is the band's second appearance on ACL.