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  • Monday, April 29, 2024

    "Alynda Segarra is a great singer and songwriter who is also a keen observer of what's really going on out there," eTown host Nick Forster says of his guest, aka Hurray for the Riff Raff, "including struggles and oppression and injustice and drug addiction and also love and dancing and friendship and nature. It's another beautiful journey." Segarra made their debut on the show this weekend, accompanied by Johnny Wilson to perform songs from the new album The Past Is Still Alive and more, including a finale of "Midnight Special," with fellow guest Peter One. Segarra also spoke with Forster about their life, the new album, and more. You can watch the interview and performances here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio, Video
  • Monday, April 29, 2024

    Congratulations to Darcy James Argue, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Mary Halvorson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, who have all been nominated in the Jazz Journalists Association's 2024 JJA Jazz Awards: Argue for Composer of the Year, Arranger of the Year, Large Ensemble of the Year for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and Record of the Year for the group's Dynamic Maximum Tension; Salvant for Jazz Musician of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Record of the Year for Mélusine; Halvorson for Guitarist of the Year; and Akinmusire for Trumpeter of the Year. Winners will be announced on May 8.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    The first recording of John Adams’ 2017 opera, Girls of the Golden West, is out now on Nonesuch. It tells the story of the California Gold Rush not through familiar time-worn myth, but in the words and deeds of real people. Longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars drew from original sources from the era—letters, journals, newspaper articles, and familiar song lyrics—to create the libretto. The composer leads the LA Phil in this recording made in Disney Hall, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Grant Gershon and a cast featuring Davóne Tines, Julia Bullock, Paul Appleby, Hye Jung Lee, Elliot Madore, Daniela Mack, and Ryan McKinny.

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  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    The Library of Congress has acquired the collection of manuscripts, instruments, costumes, video and audio recordings, and more from Kronos Quartet and its non-profit organization, Kronos Performing Arts Association. “It’s gratifying to know that Kronos’ legacy will be preserved in perpetuity alongside the manuscripts and other treasures of so many other influential musicians from the US and around the world," said KPAA Executive Director Janet Cowperthwaite. "We are perhaps even more excited to reflect upon all the musicians and scholars who will have access to these materials in years to come, informing their own work and carrying Kronos’ inspiration and influence into the future.” The Library also appointed Kronos founder, artistic director, and violinist David Harrington as the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture and inducted Kronos’ 1992 album Pieces of Africa into the National Recording Registry.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday, April 26, 2024

    John Adams's El Niño gets Met premiere in NYC with Julia Bullock and Davóne Tines. Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly are in London. Joachim Cooder tours Ireland. Rhiannon Giddens tours Arizona. Hurray for the Riff Raff performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest, as do Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, who also play in Alabama and Memphis. Nathalie Joachim joins Silkroad Ensemble at Oberlin. Kronos Quartet is at UCSB and UCLA. The Magnetic Fields perform 69 Love Songs in San Francisco. Mandy Patinkin is in Charlottesville, VA. Cécile McLorin Salvant tours France with orchestral arrangements by Darcy James Argue. Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered is performed in Austin.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024

    Vagabon (aka Laetitia Tamko) will support the band Crumb on tour this October. The shows begin in California—Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Sacramento—then head to Salt Lake City and Denver and on to Texas—Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso—and Albuquerque and back to California to close out the tour in Santa Ana, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, who kick off their International Players tour in Manchester, England, on Saturday, are on Sound Opinions to talk about their new album, Ohio Players, with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, who call them "one of the greatest rock acts to emerge in the 21st century." You can hear their conversation here. The hosts also review Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album, The Past Is Still Alive, calling it "one great tune after another."

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024

    Composer/guitarist Yasmin Williams—whose first song on Nonesuch, "Dawning," was released late last year ahead of her label debut album, due later this year—will support Brittany Howard and Michael Kiwanuka on their North American fall tour. The shows begin at The Met in Philadelphia on September 29, and include stops in Boston, New York, Saint Paul, Denver, Boise, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and more.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Monday, April 22, 2024

    The Staves' Jessica and Camilla Stavely-Taylor stopped by for the Nonesuch Selects video series, in which artists visit the Nonesuch office, pick some of their favorite albums from the music library, and share a few words on their choices. They chose music by The Gipsy Kings, Emmylou Harris, Joachim Cooder, Steve Reich, and Nickel Creek. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Nonesuch Selects, Video
  • Friday, April 19, 2024

    Rhiannon Giddens takes her You're the One tour to Seattle and San Francisco, while The Martha Graham Dance Company dances to songs from the album in NYC. Richard Goode performs Beethoven in Toronto. The Magnetic Fields play 69 Love Songs in Chicago. Mandy Patinkin is in St. Paul. Cécile McLorin Salvant and orchestra perform at Cité de la musique in Paris. Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Mass for the Endangered is performed in Chicago ahead of Earth Day. The Staves launch West Coast tour in Seattle and Portland. Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are in North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

    Journal Topics: On Tour, Weekend Events
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024

    Following more than a dozen sold-out shows across the US this spring, Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) has announced a US summer tour. Beginning in early July, a new leg of headline dates will stop in cities that have yet to experience the live show of The Past Is Still Alive, the acclaimed album that has Vulture calling Segarra “one of America’s best songwriters." Upcoming performances also include Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Red Rocks debut and other amphitheater appearances with Norah Jones, as well as a homecoming set at New Orleans Jazz Festival, a return to NYC for a free concert in Battery Park, and more to be announced.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    The Black Keys have secured the No. 1 Current Rock Album and No. 1 Current Alternative Album in US sales following the release of their new album, Ohio Players, last week. The album also is the highest debut of the week on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums Chart and Top Alternative Albums Chart, at No. 5 on both charts, and has reached No. 4 on Overall Current Album sales and No. 26 on the Billboard 200. Internationally, Ohio Players is the band’s sixth consecutive top 20 album in the UK, as well as top 20 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland, among others. 

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, Reviews