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  • Friday, September 20, 2019

    Kronos Quartet, Sam Amidon perform at FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA … The Black Keys headline Life Is Beautiful … John Adams’s new work premieres with San Francisco Symphony … Jeremy Denk gives solo recital in Pennsylvania … Alarm Will Sound performs Donnacha Dennehy's The Hunger in Boston … Rhiannon Giddens tours US South … Brad Mehldau Trio tours Benelux … Mountain Man closes out Magic Ship tour in North Carolina … Robert Plant brings Carry Fire to Outlaw Music, Bourbon & Beyond fests … Chris Thile performs in upstate New York ... Yola tours US Midwest …

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019

    The Black Keys return to the stage after a five-year absence with a performance at The Wiltern in Los Angeles for members of their Lonely Boys & Girls Fan Club tonight. The concert kicks off the band's thirty-eight date North American "Let's Rock" tour. Special guests Modest Mouse will provide support, and Shannon & The Clams, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, *repeat repeat, and Jessy Wilson will each open select shows on the tour, too. The band also headlines 2019's Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas this Saturday.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Devendra Banhart talks with Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) on the latest episode of Talkhouse Podcast. "It's a great record," says the show of Banhart's new album, Ma, "a fantastic record." You can listen to Banhart and Mosshart's conversation about their latest projects, a shared love of skateboarding, and more here. The new Pitchfork review of Ma says: "Banhart steps fully into these songs with a vitality that recalls his beginnings. ... Puckish and tender, Banhart seems again delighted to be here, too."

Artist Spotlight

  • ¡Spangled!—a collaboration between Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno and American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—celebrates the migration of song across the Americas. The ten-song set spans more than a century, including a bolero from Panama, a bossa nova from Brazil, a song by Moreno, Trinidadian songwriter David Rudder's "The Immigrants," and an elegiac ballad from the Southwest US: Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson’s “Across the...

  • Rhiannon Giddens’s album there is no Other, recorded with the multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, was produced by Joe Henry and tracked over five days in Dublin. The album is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.

  • Devendra Banhart's album Ma bursts with tender, autobiographical vignettes, displaying a shift from the sonic experimentation of his previous albums to an intricate, captivating story-telling and emotional intimacy. The album was co-produced with his longtime musical compadre Noah Georgeson and includes a background vocal from Cate Le Bon and a duet with Banhart's mentor, muse, and dear friend Vashti Bunyan.

  • The Black Keys' ninth studio album, "Let's Rock" is a return to the straightforward rock of the singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney's early days as a band. "When we're together we are The Black Keys, that's where that real magic is," says Auerbach, "and always has been since we were sixteen." "The record is like an homage to electric guitar," says Carney. "We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to."

Tour

Sun, Sep 22
(All day)
MASS MoCA
North Adams, MAUnited States
FreshGrass festival
Sun, Sep 22
MASS MoCA
North Adams,MAUnited States
Sun, Sep 22
2:00 PM
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PAUnited States
Sun, Sep 22
Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Bucknell University
Lewisburg,PAUnited States
Sun, Sep 22
7:00 PM
Diana Wortham Theatre
Asheville, NCUnited States
w/Francesco Turrisi
Sun, Sep 22
Diana Wortham Theatre
Asheville,NCUnited States
Sun, Sep 22
8:00 PM
Bluebird Nightclub
Bloomington, INUnited States
Sun, Sep 22
Bluebird Nightclub
Bloomington,INUnited States
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