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  • Friday, January 26, 2024

    Grammy and Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla releases his acclaimed 1998 album Ronroco on vinyl for the first time in a newly remastered edition from Nonesuch, out now. The singer, composer, and producer’s classic album—which takes its name from a South American stringed instrument—comprises twelve original tunes inspired by traditional Argentinean music and influenced by music of Japan, Africa, and Eastern Europe. “Ronroco conjures bucolic images and feelings for me,” filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu writes in the new liner note. “There’s always a note that surprises, breaks the pattern of the rainstorm, turning into silence, a gentle drizzle, or escalating into a tempest.”

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, January 26, 2024

    The Yussef Dayes Experience: Live From Malibu, featuring music from Dayes' critically acclaimed debut solo album, Black Classical Music, and more, is now available on vinyl and digitally. Dayes—who has just been nominated for BRIT Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative/Rock Act—is joined by his longtime collaborators Rocco Palladino, Venna, Elijah Fox, and Alexander Bourt on Live From Malibu, which was originally released as a live-performance video filmed in the Malibu mountains last year; you can watch that here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday, January 26, 2024

    Classical singer Julia Bullock was on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour ahead of her UK performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra—with whom she performs on her album Walking in the Dark—next week, culminating with the mixed-media project History’s Persistent Voice, which shines a light on the words, work, and experiences of Black artists, at Queen Elizabeth Hall. You can hear her conversation with Woman's Hour presenter Anita Rani here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio
  • Friday, January 26, 2024

    Jeff Parker and the New Breed, including Makaya McCraven, perform in Chicago and Iowa City. Ambrose Akinmusire, Bil Frisell, and Gregory Hutchinson bring Owl Song to Budapest and Helsinki. Jeremy Denk is in Utah. Mary Halvorson's sextet takes Cloudward to Germany and Austria. Emmylou Harris headlines Ann Arbor Folk Fest. Gabriel Kahane, Attacca Quartet, and Roomful of Teeth premiere his new work in San Francisco. Kronos Quartet celebrates 50 in Stanford. Brad Mehldau is in Canada and Connecticut. Natalie Merchant leads Fondazione Prada workshop/concert in Milan. Punch Brothers host Kacey Musgraves and Tiny Habits at their NYC variety hour. Cécile McLorin Salvant is in Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Molly Tuttle concludes UK tour with Tommy Emmanuel in New Brighton and Harrogate.

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

    Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, has released "Colossus of Roads” and Snake Plant (The Past Is Still Alive),” two new tracks from their upcoming album, The Past Is Still Alive, due February 23. "I've only had this experience a couple of times, where a song falls on me—it’s all there, and I don't do anything," Segarra says. "Writing ‘Colossus of Roads’ felt like creating a space where all us outsiders can be safe together. That doesn’t exist, but it exists in our minds, and it exists in this song—this one is sacred to me. I’ve also always wanted to make my version of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Was Young When I Left Home,’ and ‘Snake Plant (The Past Is Still Alive)’ is it.” 

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024

    Congratulations to Cécile McLorin Salvant, who has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album for Mélusine (which is also up for two Grammy Awards). Winners will be chosen by public vote, which begins today and closes at 9pm ET on March 10. To have your say, visit naacpimageawards.net and vote for your favorites now. The 55th NAACP Image Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 16, broadcast on BET and CBS.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    "This was the first song we recorded for the album, and we had just written it so there’s a freshness and an immediacy to it for us,” The Staves say of "I Don’t Say It, But I Feel It," the new song from their upcoming album, All Now. “The song is about passing surges of emotions and memories that often don't get expressed or articulated. It’s exploring that state of stillness on the outside but with a flurry of things happening below the surface and how, often, we don’t let on what we’re really feeling most of the time or how much we’re feeling it."

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Congratulations to Yussef Dayes, who has been nominated for two BRIT Awards: Best New Artist and Best Alternative/Rock Act. The 2024 BRIT Awards ceremony will take place at The O2 Arena in London on March 2, broadcast live on ITV1 and ITVX. Dayes’ debut solo studio album, Black Classical Music, was released in September; the eight-song The Yussef Dayes Experience: Live From Malibu is out this Friday.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    As part of Kronos: Five Decades, the year-long celebration of Kronos Quartet’s 50th anniversary, the group is publishing five decade-spanning playlists curated by its founder and violinist David Harrington. The latest, featuring music Kronos performed in its fourth decade, 2003–2012, is out now. It includes works the quartet recorded on Nonesuch by Sigur Rós, Henryk Górecki, Clint Mansell, R.D. Burman, Ramallah Underground, Rokia Traoré, Pēteris Vasks, Terry Riley, Vladimir Martynov, Steve Reich, and more. You can hear it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Sam Amidon has announced a headline solo tour of the US this spring, following a North American tour as special guest of This Is the Kit and a weekend at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville. The new shows start in Northampton, Massachusetts, on March 26 and includes stops in New Hampshire, New York, California (with Sam Gendel), Oregon (with Laura Veirs), and Washington. The This Is the Kit tour starts in Brooklyn February 21.

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

    The Black Keys released a music video for their new single, "Beautiful People (Stay High)," from their upcoming album, Ohio Players, out April 5. The video showcases beautiful people across the world, bringing high-energy dancing to match the track’s feel-good sentiment. You can watch it here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024

    Congratulations to Julia Bullock and Thomas Adès, who have been nominated for BBC Music Magazine Awards—"celebrating the best new classical music recordings"—Bullock for the Vocal Award for her debut solo album, Walking in the Dark, and Adès for the Orchestral Award for his Dante, performed by LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel. (Both albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards.) Winners will be chosen by public vote, which begins today and closes at midnight on Friday, February 23, and announced at an awards ceremony at King’s Place in London on April 18. To have your say, visit classical-music.com/awards and vote for your favorites now.

    Journal Topics: Artist News