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  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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    Composer/singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane releases Magnificent Bird on March 25. The album, his fifth solo LP and second for Nonesuch Records, chronicles the final month of a year spent off the internet. In his most personal album since 2011's Where are the Arms, Kahane revels in the tension between quiet, domestic concerns, and the roiling chaos of a nation and planet in crisis. “Sit Shiva,” the album’s first single, out today, finds Kahane skirting the rules of his digital hiatus in order to mourn, online, the death of his maternal grandmother; in typical fashion, he mines not just pathos, but humor and grace amidst his family’s grief. You can watch the video here. Pre-orders of Magnificent Bird from Bandcamp and Nonesuch Store include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Kahane, while they last.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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    Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) has announced a tour of the UK and Europe this summer. The tour, which features songs from their upcoming album, LIFE ON EARTH, starts at Whelan's in Dublin on August 31 and includes shows in Glasgow, Manchester, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and more. The concerts follow Hurray for the Riff Raff's spring tour of North America. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Monday, January 24, 2022
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    Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has released a video for 'Agnus Dei' from her acclaimed album Mass for the Endangered, performed by Gallicantus led by Gabriel Crouch. The video is the sixth and final in the series by visual artist CandyStations, aka Deborah Johnson.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
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    Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Molly Tuttle will release her Nonesuch Records debut album, Crooked Tree, April 1 with her new bluegrass collective Golden Highway; vinyl follows May 13. You can watch Tuttle and her band perform the title track live here. Recorded live at Nashville’s Oceanway Studios, Crooked Tree was produced by Tuttle and Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski and Gillian Welch. The album explores Tuttle’s love of bluegrass, which she discovered though her father, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, and her grandfather, a banjo player. Across these thirteen tracks, all of which were written/co-written by Tuttle, she honors the bluegrass tradition while also pushing the genre in new directions. Tuttle and Golden Highway—Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Shelby Means (bass), and Kyle Tuttle (banjo)—launch a US tour tonight.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News On Tour Video
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
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    Laurie Anderson is on the Chatter podcast to talk with host Shane Harris about her work, particularly as it relates to the podcast's focus on the intersection of art and national security, including her piece Habeas Corpus, her surprise 1981 hit single "O Superman," and her 2015 film Heart of a Dog. You can hear their conversation here. Nonesuch Records reissued Laurie Anderson's debut album, Big Science, which features "O Superman," on red vinyl last year. Remixes of two tracks from the album were recently released: the title track, remixed by Arca, and "Sweaters," by Sam Gendel.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
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    A remix of Laurie Anderson’s “Big Science” by Arca—the Venezuelan musician, singer, composer, and producer Alejandra Ghersi Rodriguez—is out now Nonesuch Records. Arca produced her reinterpretation of the title track to Laurie Anderson’s landmark 1982 debut album from her home studio in Barcelona; the original recording features Anderson on vocals, OBXa, percussion, and electronics; Roma Baran on glass harmonica; Perry Hoberman on bottles; and David Van Tieghem on RotoToms and timpani, as well as Anderson, Baran, Hoberman on “sticks.” 

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, January 17, 2022
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    David Byrne is the guest on the latest episode of the SmartLess podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett. "I am truly starstruck," Arnett says in the introduction of his surprise guest. "This person's music has played a huge role certainly in my life and lots of people's lives ... This person is, quite honestly, it's rare that you get to say, living legend." You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast
  • Sunday, January 16, 2022
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    Ben LaMar Gay is on the latest episode of BBC World Service's Music Life, joining Angel Bat Dawid in conversation with Qur'an Shaheed and Dr. Adam Zanolini about the importance of not conforming and recognizing one's own gifts. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast
  • Friday, January 14, 2022
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    Punch Brothers’ album Hell on Church Street is out now on Nonesuch Records. The album is the band’s reimagining of, and homage to, the late bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album Church Street Blues. The record features a collection of songs by Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Monroe, and others. An in-the-studio video of the band playing the album track “Pride of Man,” written by Hamilton Camp, may be seen here. Punch Brothers are now touring the US, heading to California this week, followed by stops across the country, including Chicago, New York, and Boston.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Friday, January 14, 2022
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    The Staves have released a stripped down, alternate version of "Careful, Kid" a song from their new album, Good Woman; it is the fourth in their Be Kind series of special singles. "We went into the studio with the wonderfully talented Marcus Hamblett (our bandmate and long-time collaborator) with the intention of revisiting some of the songs from Good Woman, to explore some of the more soft and tender parts that are there," the band says.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022
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    Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) releases “PIERCED ARROWS,” a new song on Nonesuch today. The track is from Segarra’s Nonesuch debut, LIFE ON EARTH, out February 18; its video, which you can see here, is directed by New Orleans-based artist Lucia Honey. Segarra calls it "a heartbreak song, lost in the realm of memory. Being stuck in the past, and finding the rapidly changing world uncanny and bizarre. Trying to outrun trauma. Finding a meeting place between tough and tender. Memory replaying inside/beside you, triggering fight or flight responses.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022
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    The Magnetic Fields are guests on the latest episode of the Sonos podcast Music Is Everything! hosted by Elia Einhorn. Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and Sam Davol perform several songs and chat with Einhorn, who says: "I'll admit, dear listener, I was glad to be wearing a mask in the studio, not just for my safety, not just for their safety, but because my face absolutely crumbled a couple of times at the power of Stephin Merritt's lyrics and emotional delivery." You can hear the session here. The band will tour the US and Canada in April.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast

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