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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens has announced an extensive US tour this spring, including several new shows that go on sale this Friday, the day her new album, Freedom Highway, will be released. Following several intimate performances in the Northeast in March with Dirk Powell, with whom she co-produced the album, and a performance in a multi-artist tribute to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, Giddens heads to Europe and Australia to tour. She returns to the US in April to tour, starting at the Stagecoach festival in California on April 28. The tour includes headline shows throughout the country and festival sets at New Orleans Jazz Fest, Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, Spoleto, ROMP, and more.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Friday, February 17, 2017

    The Magnetic Fields have unveiled the video for "'81 How to Play the Synthesizer," a song on the forthcoming album 50 Song Memoir. The song, which may be downloaded now with pre-orders of the album, is one of fifty on the five-disc set that chronicles the fifty years of songwriter Stephin Merritt's life with one song per year. The video was directed by John Erickson, Alex Basco Koch, and José Zayas and produced by Ghost Corporeal. It was originally created for the Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir concert tour directed by Zayas. Watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, February 17, 2017

    This President’s Day weekend, The Staves tour West Coast … San Francisco Symphony performs John Adams … Devendra Banhart heads south … Jeremy Denk joins Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra … Emmylou Harris is aboard Cayamo cruise … Kronos Quartet is in Geneva … Lake Street Dive tours Northeast … Brad Mehldau Trio tours Europe … Chris Thile hosts A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul, holds artist talk in Atlanta … and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, February 17, 2017

    Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will perform music from their album Junun as the opening act for Radiohead in select cities on the band's sold-out European tour: at the Spektrum in Oslo on June 6 and 7, Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 9, 3 Arena in Dublin on June 20, and Manchester Arena on July 4 and 5. Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will also perform at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona on June 3 and Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands on June 18. The Times of London calls Junun "intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, is due next Friday, February 24. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here as an NPR First Listen. It's a "rich collection, the latest chapter in the 40-year-old master folklorist, banjo virtuoso and vocal powerhouse's epic retelling of our history with its sins and sorrows—and joy born of resilience—fully reinstated," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Emmylou Harris will join John Mellencamp as very special guest on his US tour this spring and summer. Their first stop is at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Denver, followed by shows across the country, in Idaho, Washington, California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York, culminating at the Forest Hill Stadium in Queens on July 11. Tickets for most shows go on sale starting next Friday, February 24.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Chris Thile, the host of A Prairie Home Companion, welcomed label mate Brad Mehldau to the show as a special guest this past weekend. They performed two songs from their debut duo album: Mehldau's tune "The Watcher" and the David Rawlings / Gillian Welch song "Scarlet Town." You can watch their performance of the latter here. Mehldau also contributes a solo improvisation to the episode, which you can hear at prairiehome.org. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

    Nonesuch releases an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, Bach Trios, on April 7, 2017, with the vinyl edition due April 21. The album comprises works by J.S. Bach originally written for keyboard instruments, plus one sonata for viola da gamba. The trio performs in nine cities across the US beginning on April 21. Pre-orders of the album include an instant download of the first movement of Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens's five-song EP Factory Girl, first released on vinyl and digitally in late 2015, is now available on CD for the first time. The EP, which is up for Grammy Awards for Best American Roots Performance and Best Folk Album, is culled from the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that yielded Giddens's acclaimed solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. "It's a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand," the New York Times says of Factory Girl. "Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music." "Deftly curated, gorgeously sung," says NPR, "this EP is America." Her new album, Freedom Highway, is due February 24.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

    The Staves, who kick off a four-week tour of North America next week, release the double A side "Tired As Fuck," a previously unreleased tune, and "Train Tracks," a re-mastered version of a bonus track from their 2015 album If I Was. The former was "written in the midst of a relationship breaking down," says the trio. "Lamenting the lack of some sort of guidance, but also accepting and resigning yourself to fact that you have to soldier on. Keep going. There is no helping hand. 'Train Tracks' is the beginning of something new and how confusing and difficult that can be when you're really just as clueless as anyone! The two tracks bookend each other in that respect." You can watch a video for "Tired As Fuck" here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News On Tour
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

    Chris Thile welcomes Brad Mehldau to A Prairie Home Companion, meets up with Michael Daves in Miami … John Adams hosts concerts with San Francisco Symphony members … Sam Amidon is in Sydney with ACO … Laurie Anderson joins Phillip Glass at UNC … Devendra Banhart is in New Mexico … Richard Goode, Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude Beethoven tour … Kronos Quartet plays Carnegie Hall … Audra McDonald joins New World Symphony gala in Miami … and more …

    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, February 10, 2017

    The ECHO Jazz 2017 Award nominations have been announced by the German Recording Academy, and among the nominees are Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau their debut duo album, Nearness; drummer Jeff Ballard for the Brad Mehldau Trio's latest album, Blues and Ballads; drummer Antonio Sánchez for the Pat Metheny Unity Group album The Unity Sessions; and trumpeter Cuong Vu for the album Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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