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Rokia Traoré, who performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tonight as part of the Nonesuch Records at BAM series, stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck to perform and talk with host John Schaefer. "It's impossible not to be transported by Rokia Traoré's voice and unique adaptation of rock," says the show. "The daughter of a diplomat, Traoré spent her childhood traveling to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France, and her travels exposed her to jazz, classical, Indian music and rock. Those early transformative experiences especially translate into her newest release, 2013's Beautiful Africa." Hear the segment here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour RadioOn TourTuesday, September 23, 2014|0 comments
The Black Keys were the musical guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night on NBC, performing “Gotta Get Away,” off their latest album, Turn Blue. Watch the performance plus a web-exclusive performance of Edwyn Collins's "A Girl Like You" here. The band performs at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight and tomorrow night, followed by tour stops in Washington, DC, and Chicago. The Boston Globe, reviewing Sunday's show, says: "[T]he fact that they have been able to become one of the most prominent rock outfits of the 2010s while keeping things simple is not only a rebuke to arena-rock excesses, it’s a testament to their talent."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On Tour Reviews Television VideoOn TourMonday, September 22, 2014|0 commentsLaurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet Bring "Landfall" to Brooklyn for Five Nights of Nonesuch Records at BAM
Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet bring Landfall, their first-ever collaboration, inspired by Anderson’s experience of Hurricane Sandy, to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for five nights this week, September 23–27, for the Nonesuch Records at BAM celebration of the label's 50th anniversary. Landfall is an evocative meditation on transience, combining poignant texts and music fortified by innovative technology. Later this season, Anderson and Kronos perform the piece in Columbus, Austin, and Chicago.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourOn TourFriday, September 19, 2014|0 comments
Nonesuch Records at BAM continues with multi-artist concerts from Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, and Iron and Wine and Kronos Quartet with Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Amidon, and Olivia Chaney ... Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Amidon, Emmylou Harris play FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival at MASS MoCA ... The Black Keys tour East Coast ... Jonny Greenwood, Wordless Music Orchestra play There Will Be Blood in NYC ... Gidon Kremer celebrates Schostakovich in Germany ... Youssou N’Dour tours US ... Randy Newman is in Belgium ... Conor Oberst tours Texas ... Joshua Redman plays outside NYC ... Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer are in California, as is Caetano Veloso ... and more ...Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Weekend EventsOn TourThursday, September 18, 2014|0 comments
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer have released a video of their performing "Big Top" from their new album, Bass & Mandolin. You can watch it here. The duo kicked off a North American tour this week in Vancouver. These "two giants of contemporary acoustic music ... managed to showcase exceptional chops while never falling into any of the tedious flash virtuosi so often are taken by," raves the Vancouver Sun. "It's a rare opportunity to be captivated by two such unusual instruments in a pairing. These two are truly special."