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  • Sunday, June 2, 2024

    "That's the mark of good work: if an audience can know nothing about it and just enter into the space and take it in and have an experience that moves them," director-choreographer Justin Peck tells CBS Sunday Morning's Kelefa Sanneh in a feature on the Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical. Sanneh talks with Peck, the show's director, choreographer, and book co-writer; playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, who co-wrote the book; and Shara Nova (aka My Brightest Diamond), who performs on the original Sufjan Stevens album Illinois on which the show is based and the just-released original cast album. You can watch the piece here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024

    The Black Keys were on BBC Two's Later... with Jools Holland to perform two songs from their new album, Ohio Players: "Beautiful People (Stay High)" and "On the Game." They were joined by special guest Noel Gallagher for the latter song, which bandmates Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney co-wrote with Gallagher. You can watch both performances here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Saturday, June 1, 2024

    The Staves stopped by The Independent's Music Box studio in London to perform two songs from their new album, All Now, live for Independent TV: the title track and "I'll Never Leave You Alone." You can watch both here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Friday, May 31, 2024

    The original cast recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical is now available to stream and download via Nonesuch Records, with the CD due June 21 and vinyl August 30. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” The Illinoise cast and on-stage band perform a song from the musical on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, June 4.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, May 31, 2024

    "For every music lover, I think there are two basic forms of pleasure: the huge satisfaction of something you love done just perfectly, and then the thrill of hearing something altogether shockingly new. When an artist does both things at once, your head comes open a little bit, which is what happened when I first heard Cécile McLorin Salvant," David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, says of his guest on The New Yorker Radio Hour. "She's a jazz singer for sure, someone on the level of Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald, but her repertoire and her approach to performing are totally her own." Salvant spoke with Remnick and performed three songs with pianist Sullivan Fortner: the Funny Girl favorite "Don't Rain on My Parade," the late 16th-century John Dowland song “Can She Excuse My Wrongs," and her own “Moon Song,” from her 2022 Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song. You can hear it all (including a shoutout to Rhiannon Giddens) here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast, Radio
  • Friday, May 31, 2024

    Caroline Shaw, Sō Percussion, and Ringdown stopped by WNYC to perform on an episode of New Sounds focused on the music of Sō's Jason Treuting. They give live performances of three songs from the upcoming album Rectangles and Circumstance: Shaw and Sō on "Sing On," joined by Ringdown (Shaw and Danni Lee) on "Slow Motion" and "The Parting Glass." You can watch all three and hear the full episode here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio, Video
  • Friday, May 31, 2024

    Brad Mehldau continues a sold-out Trios residency at Village Vanguard in NYC through the weekend. Sam Amidon is at Fire in the Mountain Fest in the UK. The Magnetic Fields performs 69 Love Songs in Atlanta. Natalie Merchant concludes her California tour at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, where Cécile McLorin Salvant performs as well before heading to Phoenix. Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered is performed in Costa Mesa, CA. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway hit three of the Four Corners states—Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Yasmin Williams is in Charlottesville and Norfolk, VA.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024

    Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion have released "Slow Motion," a new track from their upcoming album, Rectangles and Circumstance, due June 14. The track features Ringdown, the cinematic pop duo of Shaw and Danni Lee, who co-wrote the song with Sō. You can watch the video, made by Robert Edridge-Waks and the artists, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024

    Bolivian-born singer and multimedia performer Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti and renowned Chicago expat jazz drummer Frank Rosaly release MESTIZX in full on all streaming platforms today, following the May 3 release of the album on vinyl, CD, and digital download. "Sonic wonders colliding in really great ways," says NPR Music. The Guardian calls it "infectiously kinetic." Treble describes it as "an intricate, complex, and thoroughly gorgeous set of songs that weaves between folk, jazz, cumbia, bomba, art-rock and other sounds effortlessly and stunningly." Glide considers it "a mosaic of sound that challenges, delights, and inspires ... a pivotal debut."

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, May 24, 2024

    Natalie Merchant performs two nights in San Diego, where Jeremy Denk joins the San Diego Symphony for Beethoven. Richard Goode plays Mozart with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mary Halvorson plays with Tomeka Reid in Chicago. Emmylou Harris is in Virginia. Hurray for the Riff Raff concludes a European tour in Spain and Italy. Kronos Quartet live-scores Sam Green’s A Thousand Thoughts in Amsterdam. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Atlanta and Houston, where Davóne Tines joins Houston Symphony in John Adams's El Niño. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway conclude their Texas tour in New Braunfels and Cedar Park.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024

    Congratulations to multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer Yussef Dayes, whose debut solo studio album, Black Classical Music, has won the UK's Ivor Novello Award for Best Album. The Ivor Academy, which celebrates songwriters and screen composers with the awards, recognized Dayes and his fellow creators Rocco Palladino and Charlie Stacey in the citation. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    A recording of the current Tony-nominated Broadway show Illinoise: A New Musical will be released digitally via Nonesuch on May 31. A sneak peek of two album tracks—“Chicago (Reprise)” and “The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades is Out to Get Us!”—is available here. The new work features music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens based on his album Illinois, a book by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury, and direction and choreography by Peck, with new arrangements by Timo Andres and music supervision and direction by Nathan Koci. Details of the CD and LP release date coming soon. The New York Times exclaims: “The vocalists do not seem to sing so much as pour emotion into our ears.” Variety says: “A thrilling, genre-defying Broadway musical brings the Sufjan Stevens album to lyrical life.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News