- Friday,April 21,2023Hurray for the Riff Raff Releases Deluxe Digital Edition of 'LIFE ON EARTH,' Video for "Resistance Rockers"
To commemorate Earth Day, Hurray for the Riff Raff has released a digital deluxe version of their acclaimed 2022 Nonesuch debut. Along with the album's original eleven songs, the deluxe edition has seven additional tracks, three of which are previously unreleased: an acoustic version of "POINTED AT THE SUN" and two originals from the Life on Earth sessions, "LET HER IN THE SKY" and "RESISTANCE ROCKERS," the Kelly Gallagher–directed video for which can be seen here.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsOn TourVideoThursday,April 20,2023
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is this Saturday, April 22, 2023, and among the special releases out that day are the previously unreleased full-length live recording of The Black Keys' very first show at Beachland Tavern in Cleveland in 2002, on tangerine-colored vinyl; the first-ever vinyl release of The Magnetic Fields’ 2004 Nonesuch debut album, i, on gold-colored vinyl; and an alternate version of Wilco's landmark album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, featuring unique performances of all eleven songs, originally released as a bonus CD with the September 2022 issue of Uncut.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsTuesday,April 18,2023
Natalie Merchant has released the video for "Big Girls," a song from her new album, Keep Your Courage. The song is one of two duets on the album sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis of Resistance Revival Chorus, along with "Come on, Aphrodite." That video and the new video for "Big Girls," which you can watch here, were directed by Matthew Shattuck. Merchant's tour continues with shows in Pennsylvania and Virginia this week.Journal Topics: Artist NewsVideoTuesday,April 18,2023Cal Performances 2023–24 Season to Include Brad Mehldau, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kronos Quartet, Rhiannon Giddens, Attacca Quartet
Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2023–24 concert season, including performances by Brad Mehldau (both solo and with his Trio), Cécile McLorin Salvant, Kronos Quartet, Rhiannon Giddens with Silkroad Ensemble, and Attacca Quartet.Journal Topics: Artist NewsOn TourFriday,April 14,2023Natalie Merchant’s First Album of New Songs in Nearly a Decade, 'Keep Your Courage,' Out Now on Nonesuch
Natalie Merchant's new album, Keep Your Courage, is out now on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Merchant, the new LP is her ninth solo studio album, and the first of all-new material since 2014’s self-titled record. Keep Your Courage "has some of Merchant’s best songwriting," says the AP. NPR says: "That lush, layered contralto voice can belong to only one person." Mojo calls it "her most beautiful in decades." "Welcome return of a unique voice,” says Uncut. “An album contemplating what it is that keeps us plodding forwards despite everything. Merchant’s conclusion is, as always, wittily expressed and beautifully sung.” Merchant kicks off an extensive tour in Poughkeepsie, NY, tonight.Journal Topics: Album ReleaseArtist NewsThursday,April 13,2023
Rhiannon Giddens will host a new series on PBS, My Music with Rhiannon Giddens, produced by the team behind the long-running PBS series David Holt’s State of Music. In seven half-hour weekly episodes, beginning the week of May 1, Giddens hosts musical performances and conversations with guest artists filmed on location around the South, including Allison Russell, Rissi Palmer, Charly Lowry, Adia Victoria, Joy Clark, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Robinson, Lalenja Harrington, and Laurelyn Dossett.Journal Topics: Artist NewsTelevisionSunday,April 9,2023
"That lush, layered contralto voice can belong to only one person—Natalie Merchant," NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday host Ayesha Rascoe says of her guest. "She does it all." They talk about Merchant's new album, Keep Your Courage, out this Friday on Nonesuch, and her months-long tour, also starting this Friday. You can hear their conversation featuring excerpts from the album here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsRadioFriday,April 7,2023
Molly Tuttle and her band Golden Highway's cover of “White Rabbit,” Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit written by Grace Slick, first released as an Amazon Original in September, is now available to stream and download everywhere. You can watch a live performance video, filmed, in costume, at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL, here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsWednesday,April 5,2023
Kronos Quartet has announced its eighth-annual Kronos Festival, to take place at SFJAZZ Center, June 22–24, 2023. This year's festival celebrates works created for Kronos Fifty for the Future, a commissioning, performance, education, and legacy project. Featuring pieces by Rhiannon Giddens, Philip Glass, Zakir Hussain, Angélique Kidjo, Terry Riley, Wu Man, and more, the festival is hosted by Kronos in multiple performances over three days; the group is joined by Aizuri Quartet, Attacca Quartet, and Friction Quartet plus special guests Rafiq Bhatia (guitar), Soo Yeon Lyuh (haegeum), sound artist and instrument-maker Victoria Shen, and student ensembles from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.Journal Topics: Artist NewsOn TourTuesday,April 4,2023
Congratulations to composer Thomas Adès, who has been awarded the Premio Fronteras del Conocimiento (Frontiers of Knowledge Award) in Music and Opera by the Fundación BBVA in Spain for "the extraordinary international reach of his work, which makes him one of the most acclaimed musicians of our time." The award, which includes 400,000 euros in each of its eight categories, aims to celebrate and promote the value of knowledge as a public good without borders. The premiere recording of Adès's Dante, performed by LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel, is due April 21.Journal Topics: Artist NewsThursday,March 30,2023Watch: Natalie Merchant Releases "Tower of Babel," New Song From Upcoming Album, 'Keep Your Courage'
Natalie Merchant has released "Tower of Babel," a new song from her upcoming album, Keep Your Courage, due April 14 on Nonesuch. You can watch a video for the song, the second from the album to be directed by Matthew Shattuck, here. Nonesuch Store Keep Your Courage pre-orders before Monday, April 3, include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event next Thursday, April 6, via FlyMachine featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie Merchant and Carmel Holt.Journal Topics: Artist NewsVideoThursday,March 30,2023
Tigran Hamasyan performed for ARTE’s Piano Day Concert in celebration of the international day honoring the instrument. For this solo recital, filmed in Opéra Comique’s Salle Bizet in Paris on March 8, Hamasyan performs songs from throughout his repertoire, including his 2017 album, An Ancient Observer, and his 2018 EP, For Gyumri. You can watch it here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsTelevisionVideo
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