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  • Monday, May 3, 2021
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    In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day this Tuesday, May 4, the children at Irving Park Elementary School in Greensboro, NC, chose to thank their teachers with a special performance of Natalie Merchant's "Kind and Generous" you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
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    The Staves performed three tracks from their new album, Good Woman live from the BBC's Radio Theatre for BBC Radio 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny show. “Like warm buttermilk and honey siphoned into my ear canal," says Keaveny. You can hear the performances here. The band's album-release livestream show from February will be rebroadcast with a special new encore recorded from the sisters' family home in Watford on May 20. "We loved playing this show and wanted to give you all another chance to see it," says the trio, "or watch it for the first time before the real thing comes back later this year (fingers crossed)." 

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
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    Lake Street Dive's NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert is out now via NPR Music. Recorded at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, the intimate performance includes four songs from the band's new album, Obviously: "Hypotheticals," "Same Old News," "Anymore," and "Making Do." You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, April 26, 2021
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    The original motion picture soundtrack for the acclaimed film Sound of Metal, winner of Academy Awards for Sound and Editing, is out now. The album features a score by Abraham Marder and Nicolas Becker, with music written specifically for the film and pre-existing works. The world-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie is featured on three pieces; other performers include Marder and Becker; actors Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, and Mathieu Amalric; Carolina Santana, Arthur H., and Martha Wainwright. “With its immersive sound design and understated storytelling," says Pitchfork.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, April 26, 2021
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    Jeremy Denk is on 30 Bach: The Goldberg Variations Podcast. Denk, who recorded the Goldberg Variations for Nonesuch in 2013, takes part in a discussion of the episode's focus, Variation 25, led by host Lowry Yankwich, who says: “Amidst the exuberance, love, and joy of the final variations, Variation 25 is what makes the Goldbergs honest. It’s the dark center of the piece, the 'black pearl.'" The episode closes with Denk performing the variation. You can hear it here. Denk recently performed Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, in a Cal Performances livestream; it's available to watch again through July 14.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 26, 2021
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    Sound of Metal was the focus on the April 10 episode of the podcast Soundtracking with Edith Bowman. The guests on the episode are the film's star, Riz Ahmed; Darius Marder, the film's director; and Abraham Marder, who co-wrote the film with his Darius. Abraham Marder also scored the film with Nicolas Becker, who won an Academy Award for Best Sound. "It's an incredible film," says Bowman. You can hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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    The Jazz Journalists Association has announced the 2021 JJA Jazz Awards nominations, including three for Rob Mazurek for the new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust; all four members of the RoundAgain quartet, Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade; performers on Pat Metheny's album From This Place, including Metheny, Linda May Han Oh, and Grégoire Maret; Jeff Parker for Suite for Max Brown; and Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose Nonesuch debut album is forthcoming.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, April 19, 2021
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    Sam Amidon was the subject of a profile on PBS NewsHour Weekend. "Amidon has developed a shining reputation for taking something very old and making it sound brand new," says host Hari Sreenivasan. Amidon talks with special correspondent Tom Casciato about his career in music, from his earliest days immersed in the music of his performer parents to his 2020 self-titled album. You can watch their conversation and a new performance of the album track "Maggie" here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
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    The Black Keys have released a video for "Crawling Kingsnake," the opening track and first single from their just-announced upcoming album, Delta Kream. The video was directed by Tim Hardiman and filmed at Jimmy Duck Holmes’ Blue Front Café, the oldest active juke joint in America. You can watch it here. "We were honored to play alongside Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, who are a direct link to R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough," says Dan Auerbach. "This is the Mississippi hill country sound that Pat and I first bonded over.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
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    Sam Gendel’s album DRM, released by Nonesuch digitally last October, is now available on vinyl. The follow-up to his March 2020 Nonesuch debut, Satin Doll, DRM features Gendel’s solo musical experiments with vintage instruments such as a forty-year-old Electro Harmonix DRM32 drum machine, antique synthesizers, and a sixty-year-old nylon-string guitar—accompanied by his voice. Gendel says: “I’m imagining people listening to [it] and thinking, ‘What the hell is this?’, like they’d just encountered some sailing ship in the sky.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
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    Rhiannon Giddens is the guest on the latest episode of Object of Sound with Hanif Abdurraqib. The two examine what it means when one refers to home, a topic Giddens contemplates on her new album with Francesco Turrisi, They're Calling Me Home. You can listen to their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
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    The Black Keys' tenth studio album, Delta Kream, is due May 14 via Nonesuch Records. The record 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 blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News

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