- Thursday,February 10,2022
David Byrne is on a special bonus episode of WNYC's United States of Anxiety to talk with host Kai Wright about his show American Utopia on Broadway. "It's a live Broadway show in which he performs his music almost as a catalyst to a wider conversation about living in a plural society," Wright says: "you, me, us, and what's possible if we can make that work." You can hear their conversation here.Thursday,February 10,2022
Sam Amidon kicks off a six-week tour of Europe and the UK in Leipzig, Germany, Friday night. The tour, which features songs from Amidon's 2020 self-titled album and more, continues with additional shows in Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Ireland. The UK leg of the tour begins at The Duncairn in Belfast on March 5, followed by shows in Portstewart, London, Brighton, Bristol, Frome, Birmingham, York, Edinburgh, Morecambe, Salford, Chester, and Guildford.Wednesday,February 9,2022
Molly Tuttle, whose Nonesuch Records debut album, Crooked Tree, is due April 1, with her new bluegrass collective Golden Highway—Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Shelby Means (bass), and Kyle Tuttle (banjo)—has announced a tour of the US Northeast in April following the album's release. The new dates, in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, follow previously announced shows in the weeks and months ahead throughout the West, Midwest, and South.Wednesday,February 9,2022
Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as part of its new Creative Inflections program. Salvant, a 2020 Doris Duke Artist, is one of seven artists to receive the new grant, which is given to the artist and a collaborating presenting organization. In Salvant's case, that is the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, for "Ogress: Envisioned," a multimedia, animated piece in which her illustrations bring to life her musical exploration of the true story of Sara Baartman, a 19th-century South African woman taken to Europe and put on display who now stands as a symbol of colonialist, racist, and sexist exploitation.Tuesday,February 8,2022
This April marks 20 years since the release of Wilco’s storied fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, on Nonesuch Records. Wilco will celebrate the milestone by performing Yankee Hotel Foxtrot—considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of the 2000s—in its entirety, plus a mix of concert favorites and rarities, in two limited runs at New York City’s United Palace and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in April. These unique performances precede Wilco’s annual North Adams–based Solid Sound Festival in May, and will offer fans a rare chance to celebrate the original masterpiece and prepare for the archival Yankee Hotel Foxtrot re-releases coming later this year.Tuesday,February 8,2022
Jonny Greenwood, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score for Jane Campion's film The Power of the Dog earlier today, was the guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross yesterday to discuss his work as a film composer—including his four Nonesuch soundtracks for Paul Thomas Anderson's films There Will Be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice, and Phantom Thread—his album with composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and Radiohead. "Thank you for that music," Gross says of his Phantom Thread score. "I really love it." You can hear their conversation here.Monday,February 7,2022
American composer George Crumb died at his home in Pennsylvania on Sunday at the age of 92. The Nonesuch recording of his Ancient Voices of Children, a song-cycle based on texts by Garcia Lorca, performed by Jan DeGaetani and the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, become a defining album of the label’s early years. Kronos Quartet's recording of his Vietnam War protest piece Black Angels, which Kronos founder David Harrington has credited with helping to inspire the group's formation, was included among the Evening Standard's 100 Definitive Classical Albums of the 20th Century.Friday,February 4,2022
Singer Julia Bullock, who will release her Nonesuch debut solo album later this year (details to come), is starring in the title role in director Katie Mitchell's production of Handel's Theodora at the Royal Opera House in London, with Joyce DiDonato and Jakub Józef Orliński, through February 16. The production—the first of the oratorio at Covent Garden since its 1750 premiere—has earned five stars from the Financial Times, and the Times raves of the "spirited freedom fighter, powerfully depicted with fervent voice and gesture by Julia Bullock.” The Guardian describes the cast as "one of the finest ever assembled for the work," which "means that musically this is breathtaking ... one of the most beautiful things you will ever hear."Thursday,February 3,2022
Cécile McLorin Salvant has released her take on the Sting song "Until," from her Nonesuch debut album Ghost Song, due March 4; you can watch the video here. "This is the weirdest, moodiest set of lyrics," she says. "I feel like lyrics can morph into what you want them to be depending on when you listen. Of course it’s about love and romance, but there are these weird turns it takes, the dance at the center of the song. And that idea of catching the world in an hourglass is so great to me. I’m obsessed with hourglasses; I draw a lot of them in my visual art. It’s one of my favorite memento mori moments—the beauty of it and also the finality of it."Tuesday,February 1,2022
Lake Street Dive has announced a new batch of North American spring and summer tour dates. Following its previously announced shows in upstate New York in May, the band will head to Toronto on June 1 and continue through the US East and Midwest, making stops in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, and more, including a return to NYC's Radio City Music Hall on September 10. Lake Street Dive has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 per ticket goes to supporting the Climate Justice Alliance and their work uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force in the climate movement.Tuesday,February 1,2022
Rhiannon Giddens has revealed the cover for her debut picture book, Build a House, ahead of its October 11 publication on Candlewick Press; you can pre-order the book now. "I released this song on Juneteenth in 2020 with the great Yo-Yo Ma," Giddens says. "We made a socially distanced recording (very—there was an ocean between us!) and put it out on socials and that was that. A few days later, someone said the lyrics would make for a great children’s book. Fast forward two years and that children’s book is almost here! It has been an absolute honor and pleasure to work with my fantastic publisher Candlewick on this book, and a revelation to see what gifted artist Monica Mikai has done with this story." Build a House is the first of four children’s books that Giddens has planned with Candlewick Press.Monday,January 31,2022
The Black Keys have announced their Dropout Boogie tour, a 32-date North American run beginning July 9 in Las Vegas. This is the band’s first string of shows since touring in support of their 2019 Nonesuch album “Let’s Rock." Band of Horses will support on all dates; Ceramic Animal (July 9–30), Early James (August 24–September 9), and the Velveteers (October 2–18) will open at select performances. The Black Keys are holding an exclusive fan club presale February 1–3. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available. General on-sale begins Friday, February 4.
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