Tuesday, May 24, 2011|0 commentsVideo: Celebrate Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday with Wanda Jackson's Take on Dylan's "Thunder on the Mountain"
Bob Dylan celebrates his 70th birthday today, and what better occasion than that to revisit Wanda Jackson's take on the legendary songwriter's "Thunder on the Mountain," as heard on her new, Jack White-produced album, The Party Ain't Over. Dylan himself, who once described Jackson as "an atomic bomb with lipstick," had suggested Jackson record the song, and it paid off with what HitFix called a "motorcyle-movie nasty" rendition of the tune. Watch the video here. Jackson performs live this week in Little Rock, Memphis, and Knoxville.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour VideoOn TourTuesday, May 24, 2011|0 comments
James Farm band mates Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland continue their tour across Europe, with stops in Norway, France, and Benelux before returning to the US for four nights at NY's Jazz Standard in June. JazzTimes, in a review of James Farm's self-titled debut album, says: "The band reaches out to a wider world through 10 diverse, intriguing originals that boast melodic clarity, rhythmic allure and improvisational concision ... James Farm is a very cool album."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsOn TourFriday, May 20, 2011|0 comments
John Adams received an honorary doctorate from the Juilliard School, gave the commencement address ... Laurie Anderson performs Delusion in Germany ... The Black Keys, up for Billboard Music Awards, play the Hang Out Music Fest ... James Farm tours Europe ... Ben Folds tours Australia ... Wanda Jackson hits Houston, New Orleans ... Kronos Quartet performs in Phoenix ... The Low Anthem talks to Marketplace ... Philip Selway plays a set at Liverpool Sound City ... Chris Thile and Michael Daves are in Annapolis ... and more ...Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Weekend EventsOn TourFriday, May 20, 2011|1 commentsJonny Greenwood's "Doghouse," Featuring Music of "Norwegian Wood," Gets US Premiere in NYC, Webcast Live on Q2
Jonny Greenwood's orchestral piece Doghouse, featuring music used in his Norwegian Wood film score, receives its US premiere in performances by Ensemble Signal with the Wordless Music Orchestra and conductor Brad Lubman at the New York Society for Ethical Culture tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight's concert will be webcast live on Q2. The Wall Street Journal says the Radiohead guitarist's "sideline role as a composer of orchestral music might just trump what he's been up to with his band."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsOn TourFriday, May 20, 2011|0 commentsBen Folds Collaboration with Nick Hornby on "Lonely Avenue" "A Marriage Made in Some Bookish Corner of Heaven" (Brisbane Times)
Ben Folds has three more shows in his Australian tour, before heading to Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. He spoke with 774 ABC Melbourne radio about working with Nick Hornby on their album Lonely Avenue, which The Australian calls "a fine ensemble of adult pop songs ... He has a gift for seizing on the minutiae of everyday life and wrapping them in well-crafted melodies." The Brisbane Times says: "The musician's feel for the rhythm and emotional arc of a good story perfectly complements the novelist's lyrics."