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  • Friday, May 7, 2021

    Portuguese singer Mariza celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her career and the centenary of the late Queen of Fado, Amália Rodrigues, with Mariza Sings Amália, her first full album of classics, now available on vinyl, following its CD and digital release, on Nonesuch Records in the US. "The ten covers of songs once sung by Amália on this regal tribute are utterly glorious," exclaims Songlines in a five-star review. "Backed by gorgeous orchestral arrangements by Brazil’s Jaques Morelenbaum, she invests these classic fados with a rich and characterful wisdom that is somehow reverential and innovative at the same time.”

  • Thursday, May 6, 2021

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi have released a new video for their rendition of the traditional American folk song “O Death,” from their new album, They're Calling Me Home. The video features illustrated vignettes of a story about death painted by Maeve Clancy, an Irish crankie roll artist. Giddens explains, “Crankies are a pre-electricity technology that pair a visual narrative, usually painted on a long piece of paper or cloth, 'cranked' by hand to the timing of the song.” You can watch it here.

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Chris Thile has released a new song, "Dionysus," from his forthcoming album, Laysongs, due June 4 on Nonesuch; you can hear it here. Laysongs is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. The album was recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic.

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. 

  • Lake Street Dive's album Obviously was produced by Grammy Award winner Mike Elizondo, a songwriting collaborator for Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent and record producer for Fiona Apple and Mary J. Blige, among others. "You need to make this band part of your life," exclaims the AP. "Lake Street Dive have never sounded better, full and clear with every instrument given a chance to shine in every song."

  • Rhiannon Giddens' album They’re Calling Me Home was recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland. The two expats found themselves drawn to and comforted by the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland, which they recorded at a spare studio on a working farm outside of Dublin. The result is a twelve-song album that speaks to the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical call...

  • The Black Keys' tenth studio album, Delta Kream, due May 14, 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...

Tour

Thu, May 6
8:00 PM
, United States
online Songs to Save Them All: A Benefit for Homeless Pets
Thu, May 6
,United States
Fri, May 7
12:00 PM
Meany Center Digital Stage
, WAUnited States
streaming performance incl. Caroline Shaw's Narrow Sea (mvts. 3, 4 and 5), w/Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish
Fri, May 7
Meany Center Digital Stage
,WAUnited States
Fri, May 7
6:00 PM
Nicodim Gallery
Los Angeles, CAUnited States
livestream via Bandsintown Plus
Fri, May 7
Nicodim Gallery
Los Angeles,CAUnited States
Fri, May 7
7:00 PM
Park Avenue Armory
New York, NYUnited States
Party in the Bardo w/Jason Moran
Fri, May 7
Park Avenue Armory
New York,NYUnited States
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