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  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Daughter of Swords—aka Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—gave a Tiny Desk Concert for the staff of NPR back in February. She performed songs from her debut solo album, Dawnbreaker—"Long Leaf Pine" and "Shining Woman"—as well as her Jeff Tweedy–produced single "Prairie Winter Wasteland." "Between the rustic sweetness of the arrangements and Sauser-Monnig's between-song banter," says NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, "Daughter of Swords' set doubles as a fine way to trick your doctor into not prescribing blood-pressure medication. In anxious times, it'll settle you right down." You can watch it here. She has also released a new single, a cover of the hymn "What Wondrous Love Is This?," and has launched a Patreon.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Early James was on NPR's World Cafe to talk with host Stephen Kallao about his recently released debut album, Singing for My Supper, and how Dan Auerbach came to produce it, and shared a live performance recorded earlier this year in Nashville. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020

    Jeremy Denk led the second event of Bach's Well-Tempered Lens, a three-part online series for WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC, with "The Mysterious Life of J.S. Bach." From his barn in upstate New York, Denk leads a distanced discussion of the person behind the music with Bach scholar and author Daniel R. Melamed, composer Melinda Wagner, New Yorker staff writer James Wood, and composer/pianist (and fellow Nonesuch artist) Timo Andres. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 27, 2020

    Stephen Sondheim, who turned 90 on March 22, was given a birthday celebration to remember when scores of artists came together, virtually, to perform his songs on Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration last night. The two-plus-hour event, a benefit for ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), was hosted by Raúl Esparza and includes performances and birthday wishes from Esparza, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Meryl Streep, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Lane, Kelli O’Hara, Laura Benanti, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Donna Murphy, Alexander Gemignani, and so many more. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 27, 2020

    Brad Mehldau brought his Three Pieces After Bach program to the Philharmonie de Paris back in April 2018. As with his album After Bach, released on Nonesuch in March of that year, the solo program pairs pieces from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier with Mehldau's own works inspired by Bach. The concert, which was broadcast live from the hall via ARTE, is now being made available again as a series. All five segments are available here now.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020

    Devendra Banhart curated a series of workshops for children titled Imaginary Universes, for Fondazione Prada's Accademia dei bambini in Milan in 2018. Now, the foundation has made the first workshop, "The Astonishing Adventures of a Celestial Archaeologist," available online as a resource for parents, teachers, and caregivers. It is part of the foundation's Accademia Aperta initiative to share materials during its temporary closure and the wider coronavirus quarantine. You can watch it here, along with the animated film shown at the workshop set to Banhart's song "Celebration."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, April 24, 2020

    Chris Thile performed "This Is the Song (Good Luck)"—from Punch Brothers' 2010 album, Antifogmatic—with the band of his public radio show Live From Here, each in their respective homes, for a special #LiveFromHome broadcast on April 11. You can watch it here, as well as Thile's solo performance, and Punch Brothers' own 2010 performance of the song.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Lake Street Dive, whose Lounge Around Sounds tour was due to be taking place now, brought some of the joy and silliness of the planned tour from their own homes to those of fans around the world last night with the online Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour of music, story-telling, jokes, games, and one very special guest. It was an hour of pay-what-you-can fun—pajamas encouraged—with a portion of the proceeds going to Off Their Plate, an organization helping feed frontline healthcare workers. You can watch it all here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Yola performed on the inaugural episode of The Bluegrass Situation's Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, hosted by Ed Helms, to benefit MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief. "She put out one of the most exciting albums of the year last year with the production and co-writer guidance of Dan Auerbach," says Helms. The show's "house band" is Punch Brothers' Gabe Witcher, whom Helms calls an "unbelievably annoyingly talented musician." You can watch it here. New episodes of the show will air April 29, May 6, and May 13, with guests including Chris Thile, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, and Rodney Crowell.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020

    Congratulations to Dave Malloy and to the cast and creative team of Octet, which has been nominated for eight Drama Desk Awards—Outstanding Musical; Malloy for Outstanding Music, Lyrics, and Book of a Musical, and, with Or Matias, for Orchestrations; Annie Tippe for Outstanding Director of a Musical; Amy Rubin and Brittany Vasta for Outstanding Scenic Design for a Musical; and Hidenori Nakajo for Outstanding Sound Design for a Musical—and has earned a special Ensemble Award. The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony will take place digitally on May 31.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    David Byrne is on 3 Girls, 1 Keith, Amy Schumer's Spotify podcast with Bridget Everett, Rachel Feinstein, and Keith Robinson. They discuss his show American Utopia on Broadway, his life in music, and more. "We have a living legend on the show today," says Schumer. "This is big. This is finally it." Of American Utopia, she says: "I went bananas for it ... American Utopia is a show that will change your life ... The album is so good." You can listen to the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020

    Sonos launches Sonos Radio, a free, ad-supported streaming radio service, available to Sonos customers today. The new service brings together more than 60,000 stations from multiple streaming partners alongside original programming from Sonos. In addition to genre-based stations, the service includes ad-free artist stations, including one coming soon from David Byrne, and Sonos Sound System, an ad-free station hosted by the Sonos team with guest-hosted radio hours from artists including Vagabon and Jeff Parker to come.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio

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