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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Lianne La Havas has released "Can't Fight," a new song from her upcoming self-titled album. You can hear it here. "'Can’t Fight' is that feeling of, you know it’s not good, but you can’t not do it," La Havas says of the song, which was co-written and produced by Mura Masa. "People say if you’re having a hard time in a relationship, just leave. It’s so easy to say, but it’s so much more complicated than that. Because there’s two of you, and neither of you are perfect. And there are things that you’re learning along the way. So you think, ‘Well, let me do a little bit of work and just see if we can get that feeling back—it’s possible because we do really love each other.’ So I guess at the time, I was convinced that yes, it’s hard, but we can get through this."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres was due to make his Carnegie Hall recital debut on April 29. The program was meant to feature several pieces from the new album I Still Play, out this Friday, and more. When the concert was canceled due to COVID-19, Andres filmed himself performing each piece on the program from home, and released the concert on YouTube the night it was meant to have taken place. You can now watch it here. "The music has taken on new depth during [this] process," Andres writes. "I love it all even more now. Each of the I Still Play pieces is a little conversational gem, distilling an aspect of its author’s voice into a concentrated nugget."

     

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed songs from their album there is no Other at the very special venue of The Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur in NYC last fall. The concert received its digital premiere via The Met last weekend and can now be seen here. "This performance is both a condemnation of 'othering' and a celebration of the spreading of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience," says The Met. The unique venue "provided a stunning context for Giddens' virtuosity and raw emotional musicality."

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020

    Lianne La Havas released the video for her single "Paper Thin," from her upcoming self-titled album, due July 17. She made the video herself while social-distancing at home in London. You can watch it here. "'Paper Thin,’ for me, is the song that started this whole thing going. It started as a distant melody in my head as I was falling asleep that I decided not to sleep on,” La Havas explains. “It was recorded as jam between friends and has stayed that way.”

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, May 15, 2020

    The Magnetic Fields’ Quickies—twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt—is now available digitally on Nonesuch Records, with a five 7" vinyl box set due May 29 and a single CD on June 19. "Pop's pithiest songwriter strikes again," says Uncut, with "twenty-eight delightfully barbed Merritt miniatures." A video for the track "I've Got a Date with Jesus," featuring footage shot by the band, was also released today and can be seen here. The Magnetic Fields are due to perform at City Winery venues across the US in early 2021.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, May 15, 2020

    While we can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: The Black Keys are screening their 2008 concert film Live at the Crystal Ballroom all weekend; Sam Amidon is playing on Instagram live Saturday morning; Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi's there is no Other concert at The Met Museum's Temple of Dendur in NYC gets its digital premiere on Saturday; and Punch Brothers perform on an all-new episode of Live From Here on Saturday.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio Web Weekend Events
  • Friday, May 15, 2020

    Brad Mehldau was on The WTF Bach Podcast to talk with host Evan Shinners about a range of topics, not least Bach. Mehldau is "one of the foremost pianists alive," says host Evan Shinners. "He is without doubt, one of the most influential, one of the most imitated, and certainly one of the most unique musicians around. And I could spend as much time speaking about his accomplishments, his merits as I did talking to him, but I won't because our conversation is much more interesting." You can hear that conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Brad Mehldau's performance of his piece "L.A. Pastorale," from the upcoming album I Still Play, is out now, along with a video for the song featuring photographs from Los Angeles. The song is available to download now with pre-orders of the album, due May 22. You can watch the "L.A. Pastorale" video here. I Still Play is eleven new solo piano compositions by artists who have recorded for Nonesuch Records, written in honor of the label’s longtime President Bob Hurwitz on the occasion of his 2017 shift into the Chairman Emeritus role.

    Journal Topics: Video
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Steve Reich spoke with Matty Healy of the band The 1975 on Healy's podcast series for The Face. They discuss his early taped pieces, composed works for performance, and pieces that incorporate the two; the context of the artistic community in which he was writing; and his influence on succeeding generations of artists. You can hear the conversation here. Also in the series are Conor Oberst, Brian Eno, Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon, and others.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    Punch Brothers' Chris Thile and Chris “Critter” Eldridge performed on the final episode of The Bluegrass Situation’s Whiskey Sour Happy Hour last night, with band mate Gabe Witcher in the show's house band and Noam Pikelny in the finale. The series, hosted by Ed Helms and presented in partnership with Americana Music Association, raises funds for MusiCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    Jeremy Denk led the third and final event of Bach's Well-Tempered Lens, his online series for WNYC/WQXR's The Greene Space in NYC, with "How to Think Like Bach." From his barn in upstate New York, Denk performed pieces by Bach and led a distanced discussion about what happens to our brains when we listen to the composer's work, joined by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, music therapist Concetta Tomaino, and longtime recital partner cellist Steven Isserlis for performance and conversation. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Monday, May 11, 2020

    Jazz Coalition, a collective of music industry professionals, musicians, fans, and supporters, has launched a Commission Fund to support artists in the jazz community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists are nominated by Jazz Coalition members and selected by a jury of their peers to receive $1,000 commission grants to create new work. When public assembly restrictions are lifted, commission recipients will premiere their new works at coalition member venues. To become a member and nominate an artist for a commission grant, visit jazzcoalition.org and donate. You can hear the NPR Morning Edition feature on the fund here.

    Journal Topics: News

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