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  • Monday, September 28, 2009

    Shawn Colvin gave a trio of performances on the East Coast late last week, beginning with a set at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut, that showed off her "quirky, thoughtful charm," says the Hartford Courant. Colvin "forged riveting moments" and "eased through a selection of tunes that brought out the luster in her singing."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Monday, September 28, 2009

    Joshua Redman and his trio gave an Opening Night performance at the Indianapolis Jazz Festival earlier this month that All About Jazz calls "a brilliant start" to the festival, which ended yesterday. The set featured songs from Redman's latest Nonesuch release, Compass, review calls "another exquisite journey" from Redman.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Monday, September 28, 2009
    Nearly 25 years before Steve Reich was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Double Sextet, its precursor, Sextet, received its UK premiere in 1986. In London for the event, Reich spoke at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in an interview just made available online through the British Library Sound Archive, along with hundreds of previously unpublished talks with leading cultural figures.
    Journal Topics: Web
  • Friday, September 25, 2009
    Adams leads London Sinfonietta in Son of Chamber Symphony UK premiere ... Byrne bike book tour rolls into Austin ... Carolina Chocolate Drops begin tour of Midwest, South ... Colvin comes East ... Glass performs solo sets in Europe ... Kronos brings Floodplain to Berlin ... lang sings at SF benefit ... Low Anthem plays Paris, London ... Thile, Oregon Symphony perform Mandolin Concerto ... Toussaint tickles ivory in Chicago, Minneapolis ... Watkins works solo and with WPA ... and more ... 
    Journal Topics: On Tour Weekend Events
  • Friday, September 25, 2009
    Alarm Will Sound's Nonesuch album debut, a/rhythmia, is out now and features works that take a different approach to rhythm. The Guardian gives the album a perfect five stars, citing the group's "technical virtuosity" and the album's "exuberant mix" of pieces, "dazzlingly well played, and a startlingly good beginning to their association with Nonesuch."
    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    The cast recording of Stephen Sondheim's Road Show was released this summer. Sondheim and the writer of the show's book, John Weidman, discuss the work on KCRW's Bookworm Thursday afternoon. Host Michael Silverblatt tells the Los Angeles Times that Road Show "is, and will be, the classical American musical. It will be on the special list of things that shape America, the way Americans look at themselves."
    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    Uncut has just announced the nominees for the second-annual Uncut Music Award, which recognizes the "most inspiring and rewarding musical experience" of the year; on the list are Wilco and The Low Anthem. The latter can be seen performing in Paste's 20 Fantastic "Live from Paste" Videos in a set that, Paste says, "makes the case that this band may be the most sonically creative band of our generation." 
    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009
    Björk's Voltaic captures the Icelandic performer's unforgettable Volta tour on an array of formats, including a deluxe version with all the music on vinyl. In Seattle Weekly's "Reverb" music blog, Nirvana's Krist Novoselic says: "Voltaic is some good vinyl ... If you love Björk, you probably own this. If you like Björk, I say get this work because it's a nice document of the artist's music up to Volta but with a fresh twist."
    Journal Topics: Reviews
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    As The Low Anthem's tour transitions from Europe back to the States next week, Lake Fever Sessions has published three performance videos the group recorded during a stop in Nashville earlier this year: "Ticket Taker," "Charlie Darwin," and "This God Damn House." The band's rich and varied influences, says Lake Fever, "create a stark, though strangely lush at times, canvas for their melodic folk tunes."

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Monday, September 21, 2009

    David Byrne, long a bike enthusiast and proponent of this auto alternative, releases Bicycle Diaries, a new book described by the Los Angeles Times as "a two-wheeled travelogue from a keen cultural observer." He also begins an eight-city panel tourCities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around—to discuss these issues. As New York magazine explains, "If the conventional idea of the artist is as a kind of highly specialized genius, Byrne prefers to be an omnivore."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Artist News
  • Monday, September 21, 2009

    Chris Thile recently premiered his Mandolin Concerto with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and performs it again this weekend with the Oregon Symphony, after which, Thile joins his fellow Punch Brothers for a three-week US tour, including Carnegie Hall. The group’s next record is scheduled for 2010. "The new album is the next step in the natural progression of Punch Brothers," says band member Gabe Witcher, "from a group first assembled to render Thile’s composition, The Blind Leaving the Blind, to a collective compositional entity in its own right."

    Journal Topics: On Tour
  • Monday, September 21, 2009

    The Low Anthem closes out its European tour this week with stops in Hamburg, Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris, before heading home to the States for Austin City Limits and an extensive US tour with Blind Pilot. And with a performance in Amsterdam this week, it's fitting that The Low Anthem is offering a free copy of its performance of Bob Dylan's "Dignity" recorded in that city when you sign up for the group's mailing list.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Artist News

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