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Journal Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Boston Herald: Trio Brings Out Best in Metheny

    The Pat Metheny Trio arrives in Pat's home base of New York City for a performance at Town Hall tonight at 8 PM. On Sunday night, they were up in Massachusetts playing the Somerville Theatre; as the Boston Herald reports, "the trio format brings out the best in guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny" with the current lineup "arguably his best yet."

  • David Byrne, Laurie Anderson Participate in "Speak UP!" Benefit Tonight

    Tonight at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne
    will join a number of artists, including Antony, Blonde Redhead, Bill
    T. Jones, Norah Jones, Moby, Lou Reed, Damien Rice, and The Scissor
    Sisters, for Speak UP!,
    a sold-out benefit concert for peace in Iraq and justice at home. The event marks the
    fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, and will also include an exhibition

  • Joshua Redman Kicks Off Week of Village Vanguard Shows

    Joshua Redman sets up shop at New York City's Village Vanguard tonight for a week's residency at the legendary jazz venue with Reuben Rogers on bass and Brian Blade on drums, who also appear on his latest Nonesuch release, Back East. From tonight through Sunday, the group will perform 12 shows, with a 9 PM and 11 PM set each night.

    For more information, visit villagevanguard.com.

  • k.d. lang Closes East Coast Leg of Tour "Just Right"

    Now on her way to the West Coast for tour dates this week in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, k.d. lang recently played the last shows on the East Coast leg of her Watershed tour with stops in Connecticut and upstate New York.

    Following last Thursday's show in Schenectady, New York, the Daily Gazette reports that k.d.'s "voice had all its sass, strength and spice." Writes reviewer Michael Hochanadel:

  • The Black Keys: Attack & Release [cover]

    The Guardian Gives Full Five Stars to The Black Keys' "Attack & Release"

    Fresh from Austin's South by Southwest festival, The Black Keys are gearing up for a full-fledged US tour for their forthcoming record, Attack & Release, due out April 1. The new album, produced by Brian Burton (Danger Mouse), earns a perfect five-star review in the Guardian, which exclaims: "Attack & Release isn't just the best Black Keys album thus far. It's the best authentic trad-rock album in years."

  • Brad Mehldau Earns Premio Blue Note Prize in Milan

    Last Saturday in Milan, Brad Mehldau was awarded the fifth annual Premio Blue Note prize for the best in jazz and classical music. His trio, Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, played four sold-out sets over two nights at the city's Blue Note club March 14 and 15.

  • Philadelphia Inquirer: Pat Metheny Trio "Makes Magic"

    "There is nothing like the excitement that can be generated when a trio of virtuosos gets together," writes  Kevin L. Carter in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and with the Pat Metheny Trio's performance at the Keswick Theatre this past Saturday in Glenside, Pennsylvania, he reports, "the result was equivalent to the hype."

    Carter reports that the Trio "makes magic" with its members' "strong musical connection," and that Pat's own virtuosic playing was on full display at the show:

  • Photos from Fernando Otero / Tom Wolfe Barnes & Noble Event

    Fernando Otero and Tom Wolfe took the stage together at the flagship Barnes & Noble store in New York's Union Square last week for the latest event in the Upstairs at the Square series pairing writers and musicians. Both participants answered from moderator Katherine Lanpher; Fernando was joined by cellist Inbal Segev and violinist Nick Danielson to perform songs from Pagina de Buenos Aires, his Nonesuch debut; and Wolfe read from his classic 1979 book The Right Stuff.

    Here are some snapshots from the event:

  • Observer: Dawn Upshaw Brings "Wondrous" Voice to Barbican

    On April 13, Dawn Upshaw will be in London to open the Barbican's Present Voices series with Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar (The Fountain of Tears), in a part she originated at the piece's world premiere at Tanglewood in 2003. In advance of the performance, the Observer's Peter Conrad sat down with the soprano, whom he finds to be "anchored to the earth, which is what makes her vocal flights above it---for instance when she sings the annunciating angel in Messiaen's St François d'Assise---so wondrous."

  • Wilco's Riviera Shows Featured in Rolling Stone Photo Gallery

    Wilco made headlines (and more than a few fans very happy) last month when they settled in for a five-night residency at Chicago's Riviera to play their entire catalog of album songs. Rolling Stone was there and has published a gallery of behind-the-scenes pics by photographer Jeff Sciortino, like the one below, at rollingstone.com.

    Click here for the complete gallery.