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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

    Lianne La Havas was the guest on the Twitch show The Needle Drop. She spoke with host Anthony Fantano about her new, self-titled album. You can watch the conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, November 16, 2020

    Joachim Cooder is the guest on the latest episode of WNYC / New Sounds' Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, to discuss his recently released Nonesuch debut album, Over That Road I'm Bound. Cooder, on electric mbira and vocals, is joined by his father Ry on guitar for special live, duo performances of songs from the new album. Over That Road I'm Bound "is full of inventive arrangements of songs by Uncle Dave Macon, an early 20th century songster," says Schaefer. "One of the most pleasant surprises of a year that has been full of unpleasant surprises." You can hear the conversation and performances here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Friday, November 13, 2020

    Tristan Perich’s Drift Multiply, for 50 violins and 50-channel 1-bit electronics, is out now on New Amsterdam and Nonesuch Records. The piece, Perich’s largest work to date, is conducted by Douglas Perkins. Scored as one hundred individual lines of music, the piece blends violins and speakers into a cascading tapestry of tone, harmony, and noise. The violins perform from sheet music, while the speakers are each connected to custom-built circuit boards programmed to output 1-bit audio, the most basic digital waveforms made of just ones and zeroes. "Unapologetically beautiful," says The Wire. "Mesmerising," says Uncut.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, November 13, 2020

    The soundtrack to the Tim Burton–directed film of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, first released on Nonesuch in 2007, receives its first-ever vinyl edition in a two-LP set out now. The film, which won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, is an adaptation by John Logan of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical, starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and the late Alan Rickman. "Something close to a masterpiece, a work of extreme—I am tempted to say evil—genius," exclaimed the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "This Sweeney is a bloody wonder," raved Rolling Stone's Peter Travers, "intimate and epic, horrific and heart-rending as it flies on the wings of Sondheim's most thunderously exciting score."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, November 13, 2020

    While many of us can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: Jeremy Denk performs Schumann, Mazzoli, and Brahms for the University of Washington's Meany Center; Tigran Hamasyan performs from The Call Within for EFG London Jazz Festival online; Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi perform from there is no Other for UC Santa Barbara; Punch Brothers perform the first of two consecutive Sunday night concerts from Blackbird Studio in Nashville; and k.d. lang can be heard on BBC Radio 2's In Concert 50.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Weekend Events
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020

    The Black Keys release Brothers (Deluxe Remastered Anniversary Edition), an expanded version of their watershed 2010 multi-platinum, Grammy-winning sixth studio album December 18, 2020, in the United States and Canada and on January 1, 2021, in all other territories, via Nonesuch Records, on which the record is newly available throughout the world. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Brothers will be re-released with three added bonus songs: “Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth,” “Black Mud Part II,” and “Chop and Change.” It will be available in three formats: a 7” box set, a 2-LP set, and a CD. The band has also released a promotional video for the release, directed by Bryan Schlam, which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    Tigran Hamasyan, whose new album, The Call Within, was released on Nonesuch in August, has performed an NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert. The set includes solo piano takes on "Our Film," from the new album, which NPR Music's Suraya Mohamed calls Hamasyan's "most enterprising release,"and two earlier tunes. You can watch it here. Hamasyan performs for the virtual EFG London Jazz Festival this Saturday.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    Rob Mazurek, whose new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust, is due November 20 on International Anthem / Nonesuch Records, has released a new album track, "Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)." A visualizer for the song, featuring video by Mathieu Constans, can be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Monday, November 9, 2020

    Punch Brothers present Live from Blackbird, a pair of livestreamed performances from Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN, where they made their 2012 album Who’s Feeling Young Now? and where they are currently at work on their next record. The shows begin at 8pm ET the next two Sundays: November 15 and November 22. The band members reunited this week for the first time since before the pandemic began. Each Live from Blackbird concert will be unique, with no repeated songs. A VIP option is also available and includes a Q&A with the band at the end of the livestream, accompanied by cocktails; VIP ticket buyers will be sent a cocktail guide with recommended recipes.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Mountain Man has released its performance of the traditional English folk song "Greensleeves," the latest in the trio's series of cover singles. "'Greensleeves' is one of our favorite winter songs," says Mountain Man. "It occupies a strange melodic balance point between crystalline winter whimsy and the kind of grim determination required to embark into the emotional wilds of the holiday season."

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Sunday, November 1, 2020

    A 2020 update to Chris Thile's song "Thank You, New York," featuring Gaby Moreno, from his 2017 album Thanks for Listening, is the setting for choreographer Justin Peck's new piece, which the New York City Ballet premiered. The performance, choreographed and directed by Peck, with cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes, is the culmination of NYCB's five-week digital fall season. You can watch the piece, featuring dancers Christopher Grant, Sara Mearns, Georgina Pazcoguin, and Taylor Stanley filmed at several locations around NYC, along with an interview with Peck and Lipes, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Dance Video
  • Saturday, October 31, 2020

    Lake Street Dive continues its annual Halloween tradition of costumed cover-song videos with a performance of The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down," which you can watch here. The video was filmed on the roof of a Brooklyn brownstone, à la Let It Be, by Johnny Frohman, with audio by Robin MacMillan, for the band's latest online Lounge Around Sounds Variety Hour episode, "Halloween Spooktacular!," from earlier this week. The next session, "ThanksForGiving," will take place on November 23.

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