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  • Monday, May 20, 2019

    Jonny Greenwood is on NPR's All Songs Considered. He talks with NPR's Bob Boilen and Tom Huizenga about his own music—his There Will Be Blood soundtrack and two new pieces just given their premiere in a NPR's Tiny Desk Concert—and shares some works that have inspired him, by New Order, Olivier Messiaen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Steve Reich. "I love Steve Reich," Greenwood says. "He's a big influence for sure." You can hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, May 17, 2019

    Brad Mehldau's Finding Gabriel is out now. The album features performances by Mehldau on piano, synthesizers, percussion, Fender Rhodes, and vocals. Guests include Ambrose Akinmusire, Sara Caswell, Kurt Elling, Joel Frahm, Mark Guiliana, Gabriel Kahane, and Becca Stevens. "A soundtrack for our times," says the AP. "[T]he intricate arrangements of wordless vocals are fascinating, and among the singers is Mehldau, who happens to have a lovely voice. Fetching melodies abound ..." The Times of London gives five stars to the latest album from "the American jazz pianist, one of the best alive ... [T]he dominant mood is of a master musician having fun." To coincide with the album's release, Mehldau has shared a video for the track "The Prophet Is a Fool," which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, May 17, 2019

    After a sold-out, year-long critically acclaimed international tour, David Byrne’s American Utopia will play a strictly limited engagement on Broadway at the intimate Hudson Theatre, October 4, 2019, through January 18, 2020, with the official opening set for October 20. Pre-Broadway, it will play eighteen performances at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, September 11–28, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

    The Black Keys have released the music video for their new song "Go," from their upcoming album "Let's Rock." The video is directed by Bryan Schlam and finds the band struggling to reconnect after five years apart. Pat Carney says, "It was great making this video with Bryan, partially because it was filmed at the very type of place it is making fun of," and Dan Auerbach adds, "The video was fun, but we still haven't spoken." Watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Yola was a guest on NPR's World Cafe. She spoke with host Talia Schlanger about her life and music and performed three songs from her Dan Auerbach-produced debut album, Walk Through Fire from Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio. The songs on the album "ring out with the triumphant air of someone who has withstood the flames and the heat en route to achieving their dreams," says Schlanger. You can hear the conversation and performance here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Rhiannon Giddens has shared a series of interview videos made by director Laura Sheeran while Giddens recorded her new album, there is no Other, in Dublin. Giddens, multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, producer Joe Henry, and engineer Ryan Freeland discuss how they all came together to make the album; how Giddens's artistry has evolved since Henry worked with her and the Carolina Chocolate Drops; and how they created a varied palette of sound with the many instruments heard on there is no Other. You can watch all three videos here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Congratulations to Yola, Rhiannon Giddens, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge on their Americana Honors & Awards nominations. Yola has been nominated as Emerging Act of the Year, and her Dan Auerbach-produced debut album, Walk Through Fire, has been nominated for Album of the Year. Rhiannon Giddens has been nominated for Artist of the Year, and her group Our Native Daughters has been nominated for Duo/Group of the Year. Chris "Critter" Eldridge has been nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year. Winners will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium in September.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    The lineup for the 2019 Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival has been announced, and featuring among the performers taking the stage of the Damrosch Park Bandshell for the free series this summer are Rhiannon Giddens and Yola. Rhiannon Giddens will take part in NPR Music’s multi-artist Turning the Tables Live: The Motherlode on Wednesday, July 31, and Yola will help close out the season in The Roots of American Music Weekend: Americanafest NYC, performing on Saturday, August 10, ahead of Patty Griffin.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Yola begins a three-week UK tour in Glasgow tonight. The tour, which features music from her debut album, Walk Through Fire, continues in Perth, Aberdeen, Gateshead, Shipley, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, and Brighton, culminating in her hometown of Bristol on June 1. She also announces new autumn tour dates in Europe, in Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, and Paris, and a return to Dublin, Glasgow, Manchester, and London.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Monday, May 13, 2019

    The Black Keys have made history as their song "Lo/Hi," off the forthcoming album "Let's Rock," tops Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, Rock Airplay, and Alternative Songs charts—the first time any song has reached No. 1 on all four formats at once.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, May 10, 2019

    Yola, who begins a tour of the UK and Ireland this weekend, will support Kacey Musgraves on tour in North America this September. The seven-show run starts in Kansas City on September 4, followed by sold-out shows in St. Louis, Cleveland, Vienna (Virginia), and Toronto, culminating in two nights in New Orleans, September 27 and 28. The dates follow Yola's Newport Folk Festival set and US tour with Lake Street Dive this summer and come ahead of the Austin City Limits festival and shows with Andrew Bird in October. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Brad Mehldau's new album, Finding Gabriel, out next Friday, May 17, is streaming in full till then as an NPR First Listen. It's "a swing-for-the-fences opus," says NPR's Nate Chinen. "When you spend some time with Finding Gabriel, you begin to understand how much faith Mehldau has placed here in human vocalization, as a call to communion in troubled times." The album "feels both impeccably crafted and wildly out on a limb," says Chinen, "rooted in both breath and spirit, and a force that moves in mysterious ways."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Web

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