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  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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    Rhiannon Giddens’ new album, They're Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, will be released April 9 (vinyl June 11) on Nonesuch Records; vinyl is due June 11. The album was recorded 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 "home" of death. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition, autographed print and an instant download of the song "Calling Me Home," the video for which can be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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    The Staves celebrated the release of their new album, Good Woman, with a live-streamed ticketed concert from the London venue Lafayette on Friday. The band has now released their performance of the album tracks "Best Friend" and "Waiting on Me to Change" from the show, which you can watch here. "It was utterly beautiful and powerful," Clash says of the concert. "You expect excellent and classy harmonies when watching this band and they didn’t disappoint ... The Staves are a breath of fresh air and should be on everyone’s list to see when they can tour properly."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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    Chris Thile, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rhiannon Giddens, Jeremy Denk, Mandy Patinkin, Gaby Moreno, and Nico Muhly will take part in NY PopsUp, a festival featuring hundreds of pop-up performances—many of which are free of charge and all open to the public—throughout New York City and State. Additionally, Thile and Salvant are on a council of artistic advisors partnering with curator Zack Winokur to program the series. NYPopsUp, which will run from Saturday, February 20, through Labor Day, will make stages out of existing landscapes, including iconic transit stations, parks, subway platforms, museums, skate parks, street corners, fire escapes, parking lots, storefronts, and upstate venues. The festival is being coordinated with state public health officials and will strictly adhere to Department of Health COVID-19 protocols.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021
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    Tristan Perich's Drift Multiply, for 50 violins and 50-channel 1-bit electronics, is featured on WNYC's New Sounds. "It is an album-length excursion, goes into lots of different territories," says host John Schaefer. "Some moments sound to me like Terry RIley's early keyboard improvisations. Other parts have the rhythmic patterning of Steve Reich's music. There are other moments where the notes seem to give way more to noise. And even one part where those noises kind of sound a little like the famous rhythmic kecak, or monkey chant, from the island of Bali." You can hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Monday, February 8, 2021
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    The Staves have released a live performance video for "Failure," a song from their just-released album, Good Woman, which you can watch here. "There’d been a hiatus period that we took," Jessica Staveley-Taylor tells Stereogum. "I think I’d been away from it for too long and I felt lots of doubt about myself, doubt about the record that we were working on, doubt about the band and the directions we were all heading in ... And I think that by the time 'Failure' was written, we were back in the studio and feeling better about things, so it’s kind of taking those feelings I’d felt during one of the worst times and kind of owning them ..."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, February 5, 2021
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    The Staves release their first new album in six years, Good Woman, out now on Nonesuch Records in the US. Good Woman was written and recorded in a time of tremendous turmoil and change for the band, between the ending of relationships, the death of their beloved mother, and the birth of Emily’s first child. Produced by John Congleton, the album is a testament to the Stavely-Taylors’ strength and that of other women; to sisters, mothers, and daughters; to love, loss, and change; and to trying to be a good woman. The Staves celebrate the album's release with a live-streamed, ticketed concert from the London venue Lafayette tonight.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
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    A remastered, expanded edition of the 2005 benefit album Our New Orleans is available for the first time on vinyl and digitally now. The new version includes five previously unreleased tracks by Davell Crawford, Buckwheat Zydeco and Ry Cooder, Dr. Michael White, Dr. John, and The Wardell Quezergue Orchestra featuring Donald Harrison. To date, $1.5 million has been raised from the 2005 release to benefit the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, January 29, 2021
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    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 in the US on CD and digitally from Nonesuch Records, with the vinyl to follow on April 30. Mariza celebrates the album release with a livestreamed performance of Amália Rodrigues' music as part of The Town Hall’s The Voice. A Voz. series tonight. “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.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor—two-thirds of the Staves—shared some records that have influenced their music and have been part of their lives with Rough Trade NYC's Transmissions series on Instagram, including favorites by The Beatles, Kate Bush, CSNY and others. You can see what they've picked and what they had to say about them below.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video Web
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    While most of us can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: On Friday, Mariza sings the music of Amália Rodrigues for NYC's Town Hall from Portugal, Vagabon performs from a decked-out Boulevard Studios in LA, and Jeremy Denk performs Bach for Emory University's Schwartz Center. On Sunday, Chris Thile leads his master class, Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet perform for Miami's IlluminArts from NYC, and Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi perform for Celtic Connections from Ireland.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive has released an acoustic performance video of "Nobody's Stopping You Now," the new single from their upcoming album, Obviously, out March 12. In the video, which you can watch here, lead vocalist Rachael Price performs the song—a letter of encouragement to her teenaged self—"on a beautiful remote island off the western coast of Canada" in the garden of her friend Elise Boer, who, with Adam Iredale-Gray, joins on strings.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
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    Mandy Patinkin was on NPR’s quiz show Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me, answering host Peter Sagal and the panel's hard-hitting questions with his wife Kathryn Grody, talking about his new TikTok fame, duetting with Mo Rocca on music from Evita, and reciting a certain line from The Princess Bride. You can play along here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio

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