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  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Youssou N'Dour and global non-profit IntraHealth International have teamed up with Indaba Music to launch a global remix contest, featuring Youssou's song "Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)," from his most recent Nonesuch release, Rokku mi Rokka (Give and Take). Artists like Duncan Sheik, Nas, and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck have donated remixes of the song to raise funds for the IntraHealth OPEN initiative, which provides health workers in developing countries with the latest open-source software technologies. Now, the same tracks used by those artists are being made available to the global music community on Indaba, an online music collaboration tool, allowing fans to rework the song themselves.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Web
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Audra McDonald returns to the stage in this summer's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. Audra, a four-time Tony winner, is making her Public Theater debut in the role of Olivia, joining a stellar cast that includes Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, who stars as Viola, and Raúl Esparza, star of the 2007 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company. The show, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will run June 10–July 12 at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    The Nonesuch Records website, which was relaunched last summer, has been nominated for a Webby Award, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, for Best Music Site. It is the only record label site nominated in any category this year. Also in the running in the Music category are NPR Music, Pitchfork, 8tracks, and Moshcam. was built by Sisu, Inc., an award-winning design studio that creates design and technology solutions for web and mobile. All nominees are eligible in the People's Voice voting as well, so share your voice at by voting at

    Journal Topics: News Web
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Toumani Diabaté wrapped up his tour with Béla Fleck's Africa Project last week to kick off his own US tour with the Symmetric Orchestra this week in New Jersey and New York City. "The Symmetrics deliver a jubilant polyrhythmic party of percussion, electric guitars," says The Village Voice, "and Diabaté's 21-stringed instrument showering notes like a musical waterfall." Fleck and Diabaté are featured on NPR's Morning Edition; on which Renée Montagne describes, after a performance by Toumani: "I could sit all day and listen to that."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Radio
  • Monday, April 13, 2009

    Ashes of American Flags, the new Wilco concert film directed by Christoph Green and Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, makes its New York debut tonight in a special screening at the IFC Center. It's part of Movie Night with Fred Armisen; the SNL cast member will also discuss the film with its directors. Wilco kicks off an extensive US tour tomorrow night in the first of two sold-out shows at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, after throwing out the first ball at the Brewers game tonight.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Film
  • Monday, April 13, 2009

    After releasing her debut solo album last week, Sara Watkins took to the road for the start of a monthlong tour in support of the new record. She played with Old Crow Medicine Show through the weekend, and tonight, she performs "Long Hot Summer Days" off the new album on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with the album's producer, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. Look for support to come from Jimmy's house band, The Roots, as well.

    Journal Topics: On Tour Video Web Television
  • Friday, April 10, 2009

    David Byrne takes his "relentlessly captivating" (Observer) tour to Nottingham and London ... Afro-Cuban All Stars closes out US tour in Miami ... Laurie Anderson performs at Dutch art & tech fest ... Dan Auerbach ends Aussie tour at Boogie Festival ... Christina Courtin opens for Robin Hitchcock in NYC ... Toumani Diabaté plays two more shows with Béla Fleck ... Bill Frisell plays Chi-town and Minneapolis ... k.d. lang heads home for Canada tour ... The Low Anthem plays northern New England with Ray LaMontagne ... Brad Mehldau solos in Tunisia ... Orchestra Baobab plays the Netherlands ... Joshua Redman Trio sets up shop in Seattle residency ... Sara Watkins joins Old Crow Medicine Show in Atlanta ... Wilco concert film premieres in Seattle ... and more ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews Weekend Events
  • Friday, April 10, 2009

    Sara Watkins, whose self-titled solo debut was released on Nonesuch earlier this week, and the album's producer, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, are featured in a multimedia look at the album in the Wall Street Journal online. No Depression describes the album as "preternatural" for "its gossamer vocals and heavenly instrumentation," lauding Sara's "seamless interaction with a stellar cast of accompanists" and exclaiming: "From the haunting opening strains of [the album opener], you know you're in the presence of an artist working on a deeper level than your average new grasser."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews Web
  • Friday, April 10, 2009

    Bill Frisell has teamed up with bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Rudy Royston for a series of Trio performances taking them outside DC tonight and to Chicago tomorrow. "Few jazz musicians have acquired the stature and respect of guitarist Bill Frisell," says DCist, crediting "his intensely personal sound" and "the range of timbres and colors in [his] palette." The Chicago Tribune says that, for The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs, the most recent Nonesuch release from this "guitarist extraordinaire ... some of his finest recordings have been assembled." The album "plays like the missing link between avant-folk guitarist John Fahey and jazz legend Miles Davis." Time Out Chicago calls him "the quintessential proponent of true roots music—embodying the ever-diverging genealogy of American music from blues and country through the outer reaches of improv heroics."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews
  • Thursday, April 9, 2009

    After The Low Anthem's performance with Ray LaMontagne at The Egg in Albany, New York, Monday night, the Albany Times Union described the band's music as "spare" and "magical," exuding charm in "a hushed, hypnotic way." The Low Anthem helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of West Virginia public broadcasting's Mountain Stage in a special concert last December, now streaming online. "All of them play various instruments," says the show's host, Larry Groce. "They play very subtle music, very quiet, very thoughtful, very interesting tunes."

    Journal Topics: On Tour Reviews Radio
  • Thursday, April 9, 2009

    The Black Keys' singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach stopped by the studios of New York public radio station WFUV for an episode of Words & Music from Studio A to perform songs from his recent solo release, Keep It Hid, with his uncle James Quine, and discuss the project with the show's host, Russ Borris, who calls the album "a fine piece of work ... marked by warm production and some of the best vocals Auerbach has recorded to date."

    Journal Topics: Radio
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2009

    Amadou & Mariam's latest album, Welcome to Mali, was recently described by Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis as "a constant source of sunshine" in a difficult time for much of the world. In a series of video interviews for, with concert footage and archival photos featured throughout, the couple shares some of the inspiration behind their new album, with input from album contributor Damon Albarn, and their lifelong commitment to spreading joy through music. To watch all of these videos, along with a live performance of the album track "Sebeke," visit

    Journal Topics: Video Web


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