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The Black Keys will be among the headliners at the Virgin Mobile Freefest, taking place September 10 in Maryland. The line-up also includes TV on the Radio, Cee Lo Green, Patti Smith, and more. Free tickets will be given out this Friday. Despite heavy rain at the Ottawa Bluesfest last Friday, The Black Keys' audience was given "a night for the Bluesfest history books," says the Ottawa Citizen. The National Post, reviewing Thursday's show at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre says: "The set is bigger. The lights are bigger. But it’s their sound and their showmanship, which used to rattle the walls of little clubs, that is now shaking stadiums."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsOn TourFriday, July 8, 2011|0 comments
Canada's summer festival season is in full swing with The Low Anthem, Wanda Jackson, and The Black Keys at Quebec Summer Fest; Jackson and the Keys at Ottawa Blues Fest; Emmylou Harris at Mariposa Folk Festival; k.d. lang at Winnipeg Folk Fest; Audra McDonald at BlackCreek Summer Music Fest; Randy Newman at Vancouver Island MusicFest ... Afrocubism plays in Portland, San Francisco ... Björk continues Manchester Fest Biophilia residency ... Carolina Chocolate Drops join Béla Fleck at Wolf Trap ... Ben Folds, Emmylou Harris play Chicago's DMB Caravan ... Jessica Lea Mayfield joins the Avetts in Salt Lake City ... Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman duo in Denmark, Netherlands ... Natalie Merchant and orchestra are at Chautauqua ... and more ...Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Weekend EventsOn TourFriday, July 8, 2011|0 comments
As Björk continues her Biophilia residency at the Manchester International Festival, with performances at Manchester's Campfield Market Hall this weekend and into next, the Icelandic artist has released details of the next Biophilia residency: six intimate shows at Harpa Concert Hall in her hometown of Reykjavik, from October 12 through 28. The first two performances are part of the Iceland Airwaves festival. In this week's New York Times Popcast, writer Jon Pareles recaps his trip to Manchester to see this "new multimedia extravaganza by Björk."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist NewsOn TourThursday, July 7, 2011|0 commentsBrad Mehldau and Joshua Redman Bring Duo Show to Europe, "Music of Uncommon Depth and Simpatico" (Ottawa Citizen)
Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, longtime friends and frequent collaborators, head out for a three-week duo tour of Europe, heading to Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy, and France. Following a solo tour for Mehldau and shows with James Farm for Redman, the two reunite for additional duo dates in the US and Europe this fall. Reviewing the duo's set at the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Citizen says they make "music of uncommon depth and simpatico." All About Jazz says they "delivered a performance that will be remembered by those lucky enough to be there, for a long time to come."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsOn TourWednesday, July 6, 2011|0 comments
As Björk's Biophilia residency at the Manchester International Festival continues, so too does the critical acclaim for her. The Guardian says as a pop innovator, "Björk is peerless" and "remains an icon: tiny but titanic, thanks to the size of her voice and the scope of her imagination." The Daily Telegraph gives the performances four stars, citing the music's "transcendent beauty." The Financial Times says "Biophilia’s songs are some of the best Björk has written for a long time." Independent on Sunday calls it "brilliantly original and ambitious." The Quietus calls her "an international treasure." Björk is the guest editor of the entire 200th issue of Dazed & Confused, out Thursday.