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  • Friday, September 23, 2022

    Caroline Shaw’s Evergreen, featuring Shaw and Attacca Quartet, is out now. Evergreen is five original works by Shaw: three pieces written for string quartet—Three Essays, Blueprint, and The Evergreen—and two songs written for string quartet and voice. It also includes an interpretation of a twelfth century French poem, which the Quartet performs with Shaw on vocals. Shaw and Attacca Quartet perform from Evergreen at Public Records in Brooklyn this Tuesday, September 27. You can take a quick look inside the album here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, September 23, 2022

    Makaya McCraven's new album, In These Times, is out now on International Anthem / Nonesuch / XL. It is the album McCraven’s been trying to make since he started making records, an appropriately career-defining body of work. The eleven-song suite was created over seven-plus years, as McCraven strived to fuse odd-meter compositions from his working songbook with orchestral, large-ensemble arrangements and the edit-heavy “organic beat music” he’s honed over the years. With contributions from over a dozen musicians and creative partners from his tight-knit circle of collaborators—including Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, Joel Ross, and Marquis Hill—In These Times highlights McCraven’s gift for collapsing space, destroying borders, and blending past, present, and future into poly-textural arrangements of post-genre, jazz-rooted 21st-century folk music.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, September 23, 2022

    Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade tour California, at SFJAZZ, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Blue Note Napa. Timo Andres is in Brooklyn. The Black Keys play the iHeart Radio Festival in Vegas. Michelle Branch is at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Joachim Cooder is in Georgia.. Cécile McLorin Salvant concludes her Blue Note NYC residency. Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion perform Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part at Skidmore. Molly Tuttle is in Minnesota and Tennessee. Wilco is in Calgary and Montana. 

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022

    Michelle Branch has released a karaoke version of "Not My Lover," a song from her new album, The Trouble with Fever, so fans can sing along and recreate the official video, in which Branch and friends visit a local karaoke bar in Nashville. You can find the karaoke version and the song's lyrics here to join in, as well as the original video for inspiration.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Wednesday, September 21, 2022

    The first studio recording of Tyondai Braxton's Telekinesis—an eighty-seven-piece work for electric guitars, orchestra, choir and electronics—is due November 11 on New Amsterdam / Nonesuch Records. The album features the Metropolis Ensemble conducted by Andrew Cyr, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker, and chamber choir The Crossing conducted by Donald Nally performing what the Guardian calls "a superpower-themed symphony … a titanic composition." Braxton cites the Japanese manga classic Akira as a thematic guide, with its story of a young boy's discovery of his telekinetic powers and his inability to control it, leading to his own destruction.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Monday, September 19, 2022

    Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway were on PBS’s The Caverns Sessions, performing songs from their debut album, Crooked Tree, released earlier this year on Nonesuch. The set was taped deep within the subterranean amphitheater of The Caverns in Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains. You can watch the episode, featuring the album tracks "She'll Change," "Castilleja," "Side Saddle," the title track, and more, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Monday, September 19, 2022

    Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has won the Edison Jazz Award in the Netherlands for International Vocal for her Nonesuch debut album, Ghost Song, released earlier this year. Salvant leads a week-long residency at the Blue Note in New York City this week and returns to Europe to tour in October.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, September 16, 2022

    Michelle Branch's fourth solo album, The Trouble With Fever, is out now. Also out today is the video for the album's second single, "Not My Lover," directed by Alexa Stone and Stephen Kinigopoulos at a local karaoke bar in Nashville. You can watch it here. "This song is about the mistakes we make and trying to learn from them instead of letting them burn you down,” Branch says. "You have the power to change your own narrative." Branch's tour began in Boston last night and continues in Philadelphia, NYC, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA. Her sold-out show at the Troubadour in LA September 27 will stream live.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour, Video
  • Friday, September 16, 2022

    Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway have released a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit "White Rabbit," available only on Amazon Music. "I have loved the story of Alice In Wonderland since I read the book as a kid and played the Queen of Hearts in my school play,” Tuttle says. "Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane is from Palo Alto, CA, just like me, and this song gives me the nostalgic feeling of growing up, but recording it also pushed my band forward into new territory musically." Tuttle and the band can be seen on PBS's The Caverns Sessions this Saturday.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, September 16, 2022

    Michelle Branch tours Philadelphia and NYC ... John Adams's Anthony and Cleopatra streams live from SF Opera ... Timo Andres celebrates Philip Glass’s 85th birthday in upstate NY ... Jeremy Denk joins Royal Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead ... Emmylou Harris is in Colorado ... Gabriel Kahane is in New Mexico ... The Magnetic Fields close out tour in Germany and Copenhagen ... Molly Tuttle is in Louisville ... Wilco tours California ...

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    With one month till the October 14 release of The Blue Hour, a song cycle written collaboratively by the female composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Shara Nova, Caroline Shaw, and Sarah Kirkland Snider, comes an album trailer featuring footage from the recording sessions with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry and vocal soloist Nova, narrated by the composers. You can watch it here. Set to excerpts from Carolyn Forché’s epic poem On Earth, The Blue Hour amplifies the beauty, pain, and fragility of human life from a collective female perspective.

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  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    Makaya McCraven has released “The Fours,” the latest single and music visual from his forthcoming new album, In These Times, out September 23. You can watch the video, directed by Ryosuke Tanzawa, here. McCraven will perform music from the album at Public Records in Brooklyn next Monday, September 19, with a special, all-star line-up including Junius Paul, Brandee Younger, De’Sean Jones and the string quartet from the album: Marta Sofia Honer, Macie Stewart, Zara Zaharieva, and Lia Kohl.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video