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Audra McDonald launches her extensive 2014–15 concert season with a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA tonight. The season includes shows in more than 30 cities in 18 different states across the US, among them five cities in California and five in Florida; three each in New Jersey and upstate New York; dates in Indianapolis, Charlotte, Boston, Chapel Hill, and Tucson; and a return to Carnegie Hall. McDonald won a record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill earlier this year and released her latest solo album, Go Back Home, in 2013.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsMonday, December 1, 2014|0 comments
Sam Amidon recently stopped by NPR with Bill Frisell and Shahzad Ismaily to give a Tiny Desk Concert. They perform two songs from Amidon's latest album, Lily-O, on which both perform and which Tiny Desk Concert host Bob Boilen calls "gorgeous"—"Blue Mountains" and "Pat Do This, Pat Do That"—as well as the song "Short Life" from his 2013 Nonesuch Records debut album, Bright Sunny South. Watch the Tiny Desk Concert here. Amidon opens for Wilco at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago this Saturday, then leads his own shows in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsFriday, November 28, 2014|0 comments
Today is the day after Thanksgiving in the US and that means, among other things, Record Store Day Black Friday, offering unique recordings from some of your favorite artists, including Conor Oberst. He releases a special, limited-edition 7" featuring two exclusive tracks recorded during the sessions for his new album, Upside Down Mountain, that are unavailable anywhere else: "Standing on the Outside Looking In" and "Sugar Street." To pick up a copy of the 7" while supplies last, head to a record store near you.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, November 25, 2014|1 comments
Nonesuch Records releases pianist Tigran Hamasyan's label debut album, Mockroot, on February 3, 2015, available to pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store. Mockroot features Hamasyan on piano, voice, keyboards, synths and sound effects, Sam Minaie on electric bass, and Arthur Hnatek on drums and live electronics. The album comprises new tracks written by Hamasyan, as well as his arrangements of traditional Armenian songs. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, poetry, and more.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, November 25, 2014|0 comments"Boyhood" Nominated for Five Film Independent Spirit Awards; "Inherent Vice" to Receive Robert Altman Award
Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which the Washington Post just named the #1 Best Movie of the Year, has been nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Feature, Best Director for Richard Linklater, Best Supporting Female for Patricia Arquette, Best Supporting Male for Ethan Hawke, and Best Editing for Sandra Adair. Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, which was not eligible for individual nominations this year, was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Winners of the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be announced on February 21 in a ceremony broadcast live on IFC. Nonesuch will have release the soundtracks to both films.