Friday, March 5, 2010|0 commentsWashington Post: The Low Anthem Are the Best at What They Do; Few Others "Have Paid So Much Attention to Detail, or to Beauty"
There are just a few days left on The Low Anthem's tour with the Avett Brothers, after which the band will headline its own US tour, beginning in DC. "The Low Anthem isn't the first bunch of indie rockers to experiment with older string-band instruments and echoes of the songs of pre-1940 rural America," says the Washington Post. "But no one has done it better than this Rhode Island trio on its breakthrough album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin." The A.V. Club talks with front man Ben Knox Miller about the music.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour ReviewsReviewsThursday, March 4, 2010|0 commentsHuffington Post: Carolina Chocolate Drops' Set Wraps You in "Sheer Joy of This Music Played Out Loud"
The Carolina Chocolate Drops were on NPR's Fresh Air earlier this week, talking with Terry Gross and performing songs off Genuine Negro Jig. WNYC's Soundcheck names the album among its CD Picks of the Week. The Winnipeg Free Press gives it four stars, citing the "definite feel-good vibe." The Huffington Post reports from the Chicago show that the band "wrapped you in the sheer joy of this music played out loud."Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviews RadioReviews
Punch Brothers play Paducah ... Alarm Will Sound joins Dirty Projectors in LA ... Laurie Anderson does Delusion at Williams College ... Carolina Chocolate Drops tour the Midwest ... Christina Courtin opens in Arizona ... Bill Frisell's at Blue Note ... Richard Goode is in Italy ... Kronos completes four nights in SF ... Low Anthem opens for Avett Brothers ... Magnetic Fields do Noise Pop ... Pat Metheny plays Poland, where Orchestrion is gold ... Joshua Redman opens SFJazz spring season ... Wilco conquers Quebec ... and more ...Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Reviews Weekend EventsReviewsThe Magnetic Fields Play Noise Pop Festival After Bringing "Uncommonly Brilliant Artistry" (Seattle Weekly) to Pacific Northwest
The Magnetic Fields have been in the Pacific Northwest all week performing for sold-out crowds in Portland and Seattle. Seattle Weekly called the first Seattle show "a night filled with uncommonly brilliant artistry." The band heads next to the Bay Area for two Noise Pop festival shows in Oakland and San Francisco, a DJ set from Stephin Merritt at Amoeba, and a sneak preview of the documentary on the band, Strange Powers.Read more|Journal Topics:On Tour Artist News ReviewsReviewsPopMatters: Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté's Final Pairing Is "A Complete Triumph, Profound and Powerful"
Ali and Toumani, the second and final duo album from Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté, is out now. Vanity Fair's verdict is "Buy It," saying the pairing "makes for intoxicating and seductive tracks that we all should consider a privilege to add to our record collections." PopMatters gives it a 9 out of 10, calling it "a complete triumph ... profound and powerful." Metro rates the album a perfect five stars, calling it "effortlessly soulful."