Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Composer/pianist Timothy Andres performed a concert at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge in May of this year, performing what he described as a "musical 'self-portrait,'" including two of his own pieces, as well as works by Ted Hearne, Ingram Marshall, Brahms, and Schumann. The complete concert has now been posted by Q2 Music, New York's online new-music station, and can be heard here.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Shawn Colvin Performs on NPR's "World Cafe"; iVillage Celebrates Release of Her New Album with Martin Guitar Giveaway
Shawn Colvin is the guest on NPR's World Cafe today. She discusses her memoir, Diamond in the Rough, and performs songs from her new album, All Fall Down with Buddy Miller, who produced the album, and bassist Viktor Krauss. To celebrate the release of All Fall Down, iVillage is giving away a beautiful Martin 000-15M Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar. Colvin continues her summer tour with two concerts at The Birchmere outside DC next week.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chris Thile is a guest on today's Here and Now, from NPR member station WBUR in Boston. Thile talks about his lifelong love of the mandolin, from the first time he saw the instrument, at the age of two, to some of the many projects in which that has manifest itself, including Punch Brothers. Listen to the interview here. Thile and guitarist Michael Daves perform a duo show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville this Thursday; Punch Brothers are at ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Friday.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Dr. John, Sara Watkins, Amadou & Mariam, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jonny Greenwood, Jeremy Denk on NPR Listeners List of Year's Best
Last week, the staff at NPR Music announced their 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far), including Dr. John's Locked Down and Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven. NPR listeners have now weighed in. Their list of the year's best albums (so far) includes those two albums and adds Amadou & Mariam's Folila, Sara Watkins' Sun Midnight Sun, and the new album of works by Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood. Says NPR: "The poll results reconfirmed that we've got another great year of music on our hands."
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Lianne La Havas' "Is Your Love Big Enough?" Title Track Out on iTunes June 26; "Tease Me" Named Today's Top Tune at KCRW
British singer/guitarist Lianne La Havas's song "Tease Me" has been selected as Today's Top Tune by KCRW in LA. Download the track today at kcrw.com. The station, which says La Havas "has captured our hearts," chose the title track to her forthcoming album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, for NPR Music’s list of “5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing.” That song will be released as the album's first single this Tuesday on iTunes, paired with the album track “Lost & Found.”
Monday, June 18, 2012
Lianne La Havas' "Is Your Love Big Enough?" Among NPR's "Five Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing"
The title track to Lianne La Havas' forthcoming debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, is in NPR's Heavy Rotation: Five Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing. "Our song for the summer, 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' is laid-back, dusty soul from a 22-year-old U.K. singer-songwriter," says LA's KCRW, which selected the song. "La Havas' optimism and ability to write a song that sticks in your head in all the best ways—with handclaps to boot—makes her a perfect fit for summer in Southern California." Download the track for free now at npr.org.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Dr. John is the guest on NPR's World Cafe today, a fitting culminating episode of the program's week-long exploration of the music of his hometown, New Orleans. He gives host David Dye a tour of the Crescent City through a mystical lens, visiting a cemetery, a spiritual supply shop, and a voodoo temple. Dr. John celebrates the music of Treme at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland tonight as part of the SFJAZZ Spring Season. NPR Music and the Guardian both include his new album, Locked Down, among the year's best (so far).
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Black Keys Featured on "American Routes"; Take a First Look at Their "Workaholics" Guest Spot at EW.com
The Black Keys are featured on this week's episode of American Routes public radio show out of New Orleans. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney spoke with host Nick Spitzer backstage at a performance in the Crescent City about life in their hometown, their musical influences, and more. The band is set to make a special guest appearance on Comedy Central's Workaholics this Tuesday. Entertainment Weekly has a First Look, with photos from the set, plot details (they're "playing dirtbags"), and an interview with Workaholic's Adam DeVine about how the cameo came about.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Shawn Colvin is featured on the latest episode of eTown, her seventh time on the radio show. She performs "Change Is on the Way," from her new album, All Fall Down, and favorites "Polaroids" and "Diamond in the Rough." Watch those three performances here. She and fellow guest Mary Chapin Carpenter also perform the classic tune "That's the Way Love Goes" and close the show with a special take on The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" in tribute to the late Levon Helm.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dr. John's "Locked Down" and Jeremy Denk's "Ligeti/Beethoven" Among NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far)
NPR Music has named its 25 Favorite Albums of 2012 (So Far); among them are Dr. John's Locked Down and Jeremy Denk's Ligeti/Beethoven. "Locked Down is one of the best albums of his lengthy career," says NPR of Dr. John. "This isn't Disneyland-style New Orleans; this is the city filtered through vintage R&B and gritty funk, that spooky, swampy side of New Orleans music that drew so many to Dr. John early on." NPR says of Denk's pairing of Ligeti and Beethoven: "What makes the seemingly impossible a reality is Jeremy Denk's genius—his technical prowess, insight, wit and ardor have resulted in an album that people are going to be talking about for years to come." Amadou & Mariam's song "Dougou Badia" is among NPR's 50 Favorite Songs of 2012 (So Far).