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  • Monday, July 25, 2022

    Jeff Parker stopped by Amoeba Music in San Francisco to share some of what he’s been listening to for their What’s in My Bag series, including music by Madlib; Eddie Harris; Doug Hammond & David Durrah; Elements; Ray Charles; Sly & Robbie Meet King Tubby; Sphere; The John Carter Octet; Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, and Jorge Rossy; Zawinul; and William S. Fischer. You can take a look inside here.

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Friday, July 22, 2022

    The Newport Folk Festival features performances from Rhiannon Giddens, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal, and two-thirds of Mountain Man ... Laurie Anderson performs at the Hirschhorn in DC ... The Black Keys are in NY, NJ ... Kronos Quartet are at Rancho Nicasio in California ... Brad Mehldau, Ian Bostridge perform at Verbier Festival ... Rachael & Vilray are in upstate NY ... Cécile McLorin Salvant plays festivals in Switzerland and France ... Molly Tuttle is in Oregon ...

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022

    Wilco has released a live version of “Pot Kettle Black,” from their famed July 23, 2002, concert at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, featured in the forthcoming Super Deluxe and Deluxe editions of the band’s landmark 2002 album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, out this fall. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki, available digitally and on CD on September 30, 2022; a vinyl LP version will be released on December 2. The New York Times calls Runner “a calmly luminous orchestral piece with the pulsating, propulsive rhythms that animate much of Mr. Reich’s music.” The San Francisco Chronicle says that Music for Ensemble and Orchestra “is a beautiful and dramatically charged masterpiece, but its impact goes even further than that.” The album track Runner: I. Sixteenths can be heard here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    Sam Amidon is the guest on the latest episode of the Suzie Explores podcast hosted by violinist Suzie Collier. The two discuss approaching one's work with a beginner's mind, being open to new influences, and catching the creative spark when it hits. Amidon also talks about his lifelong connection to the fiddle and his lifelong friendship with musician and producer Thomas Bartlett. You can hear the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2022

    Makaya McCraven has released “Dream Another,” the second track from his forthcoming album, In These Times, out September 23. The track, which McCraven wrote and recorded in his home studio in Chicago, features Brandee Younger on harp, Junius Paul on bass, Matt Gold on guitar/sitar, and De’Sean Jones on flute. An accompanying music visualizer, directed by Nik Arthur, features hand-drawn, digital, and photographic animations composed and laser-etched into stone in the style of a “zoopraxiscope,” a nineteenth-century animation device, predating the motion picture, that allowed images to move for the first time. You can watch it here.
     

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Monday, July 18, 2022

    Evergreen, performed by Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet, is due September 23 on Nonesuch Records. The album is five original works by Shaw: three pieces for string quartet—Three Essays, Blueprint, and The Evergreen, which Shaw describes as an offering to a tree she encountered in an evergreen forest on an island off Vancouver—and two songs for string quartet and voice, including Other Song, which she also performed on her 2021 album Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part. Also included is an interpretation of a 12th-century French poem for quartet and voice. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition, 8”x8” autographed print of the score for The Evergreen.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, Video
  • Monday, July 18, 2022

    Graphic designer John Gall, who has designed dozens of albums for Nonesuch Records over the past 25 years, is the latest guest on the art podcast The Weird Show Broadcast. He talks about how he came to design, from his childhood appreciation of baseball cards and band logos to the series of Nabokov book jackets he art-directed for Vintage Books. He also discusses his work creating collage, one of which can be seen on the cover of Gabriel Kahane’s 2022 Nonesuch album, Magnificent Bird. You can hear the episode here.

    Journal Topics: Podcast
  • Friday, July 15, 2022

    Grammy Award–winning and multi-Platinum selling singer-songwriter Michelle Branch’s new album, The Trouble with Fever, is due September 16. You can watch a video for the album's first single, "I'm A Man," here. Created during the pandemic lockdown, The Trouble with Fever, co-produced with her husband, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, is Branch's fourth solo album and follows her critically acclaimed 2017 album, Hopeless Romantic. The time at home gave Branch the opportunity to stretch herself creatively. She kicks off her tour in Nashville September 12, with dates in New York and Los Angeles, among others.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, Video
  • Friday, July 15, 2022

    The Colorado Music Festival continues in Boulder this weekend with performances from John Adams, this year’s festival’s composer-in-residence and co-curator, Timo Andres, and Jeremy Denk. There's lots of great music ahead around the world from Rhiannon Giddens, Dawn Upshaw, The Black Keys, Tigran Hamasyan, Jeff Parker, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Molly Tuttle.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022

    The members of the legendary original 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade—who reunited after twenty-six years for the 2020 album RoundAgain, return now with LongGone, an album of six original songs written by Redman, due September 9. The first of those tunes, “Disco Ears,” is out today along with a live performance video that can be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour, Video
  • Saturday, July 9, 2022

    The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were on CBS Saturday Morning to talk with Anthony Mason about their twenty-year career and perform a Saturday Sessions set of two songs from their new album, Dropout Boogie—"Wild Child" and "It Ain't Over"—and "Gold on the Ceiling," from their album El Camino, which turned ten last year. You can watch the interview and three performances here. The band kicks off its North American Dropout Boogie tour in Las Vegas tonight.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television