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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    Lianne La Havas played a special KCRW In Residence acoustic set, performing "Courage" and her "jaw-dropping cover of Radiohead’s 'Weird Fishes'” from her new album as well as her 2012 tune "Au Cinema." "Lianne La Havas is really something special," says KCRW's Anne Litt. "Her new album ... is stunning." Hear the set here. The New York Times says: "The songs illuminate passion, impulsiveness, ambivalence and uncertainty, yet the structures La Havas created are lucid and poised. While matters of the heart may be out of control, her fingers and voice are impeccable."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    The HBO film of the Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, will be the Opening Night Presentation of the 45th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Thursday, September 10. “This joyful film takes audiences on a musical journey about openness, optimism, and faith in humanity,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “This is especially poignant at a time of great uncertainty around the world. We’re eager to share the excitement of Opening Night with audiences.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Film
  • Monday, July 20, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields got together separately to perform songs from their new album, Quickies, for Rough Trade's Transmissions series on IGTV. As on the album, Stephin Merritt and other Magnetic Fields band members Sam Davol, Claudia Gonson, Shirley Simms, and John Woo are joined for the session by longtime friends and collaborators Chris Ewen, Daniel Handler, and Pinky Weitzman. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, July 20, 2020

    Congratulations to Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade, whose new album, RoundAgain, debuted at No. 1 on the Current Traditional Jazz Albums chart in the US and at No. 1 on the Jazz & Blues chart in the UK. The album has also debuted in the Top 100 of the Current Albums chart in the US and in the Top 10 of the overall albums chart in Switzerland and Top 100 of the same in Germany, Belgium, and Japan. Tune in this Wednesday to join the musicians for the premiere of an hour-long set from last September via NPR Music and Jazz Night in America, plus a live Q&A.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, July 17, 2020

    British singer/songwriter/guitarist Lianne La Havas’ self-titled album, her first since 2015’s Blood, is out now. The eleven tracks span the arc of a love affair, one that brought growth and newfound confidence. “This is my first completely self-produced album with my own band. I got my own way with everything—all the decisions that you hear on this album were mine,” she says. “I’m a woman now, so I’m less shy and timid about saying certain things. And there’s no right or wrong when it’s your record, so I was very much embracing that fact, as well.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020

    While we can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: Lianne La Havas joins NPR Music's live listening party of her new album; Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi perform in National Concert Hall Covid-19 memorial concert; Chris Thile's Caramoor concert is streamed; Sam Amidon performs on DeBarra's Folk Club Facebook live; Jeremy Denk's 2015 BBC Proms debut airs on BBC Radio 3; the virtual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival features past sets by Nickel Creek, Michael Daves.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Weekend Events
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Lianne La Havas, whose self-titled new album is out tomorrow, performed a few songs from home for MPR's The Current and spoke with host Sean McPherson about the new album. You can watch the full session, including her performance of "Courage" and "Bittersweet" from Lianne La Havas and "Green & Gold" from 2015's Blood, and the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Video
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020

    Devendra Banhart has released "It's Not Always Funny," the third track from his upcoming four-song EP, Vast Ovoid, due as a limited-edition 12” colored vinyl 45 on July 24. You can hear the track below and download it now when you pre-order the EP, along with the previously released tracks, "Let's See" and "Love Song (Helado Negro Remix)." The EP is a follow-up to Banhart’s latest studio album, Ma, which was released to critical acclaim in September 2019 and includes the original version of "Love Song."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    Ever wonder what The Staves talk about when no one else is around? Wanted to be a fly on the wall during one of their conversations? Ever wanted to listen in on three sisters who can’t be together during lockdown? Well now there's just the podcast for you: Dial-A-Stave, featuring some of the Staveley-Taylor sisters' phone calls during lockdown. You can get a taste of what's to come in the trailer here and subscribe to the series.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Vagabon (Laetitia Tamko) has released a remix of her song "Water Me Down" by Pamcy, which can be heard here. Tamko discovered and fell in love with the music of Manila-based producer and DJ on Bandcamp, where she herself had first released her music and found a music community. The two began an e-mail correspondence, which eventually led to the creation of this remix. The original version of the song appears on Vagabon's 2019 self-titled Nonesuch debut album.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Monday, July 13, 2020

    Lianne La Havas has released a video for her cover of Radiohead's "Weird Fishes," from her new, self-titled album, out this Friday. You can watch the live, full-band video, which was filmed at London’s 123 studios in Peckham, here. La Havas says: "In the deepest ocean, / The bottom of the sea, / I did this cover of Radiohead / I hope they don’t sue me!" La Havas plays a one-off solo live show this Wednesday, July 15, at London’s Roundhouse, that will be broadcast globally.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, July 13, 2020

    Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan has released "New Maps," the second song from his upcoming album, The Call Within, due August 28 on Nonesuch Records. The video, directed by Vahan Stepanyan and featuring archival footage from the Public TV Company of Armenia and the US Library of Congress, can be seen here. The track is available to download, along with the previously released track "Levitation 21," now.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video

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