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  • Friday, July 30, 2021

    Randy Newman is a special surprise guest caller on the latest episode of Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker. "You truly are a hero to me," Heidecker says. "You're in the Top Three. C&C Music Factory is No. 1." You can hear their conversation here. Newman's set at Newport Folk Festival's "Folk On" last Saturday was among "The 10 Best Things We Saw" there, says Rolling Stone. "Randy Newman delivered a typically powerful 19-song solo piano set ... blending his signature mix of intentionally inscrutable ambiguity, caustic satire, and gorgeously wounded romanticism."

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021

    The Black Keys have released the official music video for "Stay All Night," one of several Junior Kimbrough tunes they perform on their new album, Delta Kream. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney are joined by Kenny Brown on guitar and Eric Deaton on bass, both long-time members of the bands of blues legends including Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. The video was directed by Ryan Nadzam and filmed in Mississippi at Jimmy Duck Holmes’ Blue Front Café, the oldest active juke joint in America. You can watch it here.

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021

    Sam Amidon has announced a headline tour of the Northeastern United States for this October featuring songs from his 2020 self-titled album and more. The two-week tour starts at Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 4, followed by shows in Burlington, Providence, Brattleboro, Northampton, Sellersville, DC, NYC, and Woodstock, culminating at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine, on October 16. Amidon was on BBC Radio 3's In Tune to perform last week.

Artist Spotlight

  • Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part is an album of songs written and performed by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion. With Shaw on vocals and Sō filling out this new band, they developed songs in the studio, with lyrics inspired by their own wide-ranging interests: James Joyce, the Sacred Harp hymnal, a poem by Anne Carson, the Bible’s Book of Ruth, the American roots tune “I’ll Fly Away,” the pop music of ABBA, and more. 

  • On Mozart Piano Concertos, Jeremy Denk is joined by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for two Mozart concertos—No. 25 in C Major, K. 503, and No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466—bookending the composer's solo Rondo in A Minor, K. 511. Reviewing Denk in concert, the Washington Post says the pianist "reveled in disregarding purist notions of Mozart ... Performing as if a new masterpiece were at hand, Denk channeled that most venerable of performance traditions: composer as rock star...

  • The Black Keys' tenth studio album, Delta Kream, celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of...

  • Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers' Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert, features the 1990 Nashville debut of the acoustic all-star group—Sam Bush, Roy Huskey Jr., Larry Atamanuik, Al Perkins, Jon Randall Stewart—at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The concert was recorded and shelved until now, when it has been unearthed and will be released for the first time. The set features entirely different songs from the band's acclaimed live album At the Ryman, with...

Tour

Sun, Aug 1
2:30 PM
Prospect Park
Brooklyn, NYUnited States
NY Pops Up!: An Afternoon in Prospect Park
Sun, Aug 1
Prospect Park
Brooklyn,NYUnited States
Mon, Aug 2
4:00 PM
Théâtre de la Mer
Sète, France
Fiest'A Sète
Mon, Aug 2
Théâtre de la Mer
Sète,France
Mon, Aug 2
8:00 PM
Lake Placid Horse Showgrounds
Lake Placid, NYUnited States
Open Sky Arts Festival
Mon, Aug 2
Lake Placid Horse Showgrounds
Lake Placid,NYUnited States
Tue, Aug 3
7:00 PM
The Town Hall
New York, NYUnited States
online conversation with James Lapine, moderated by Christine Baranski
Tue, Aug 3
The Town Hall
New York,NYUnited States
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