- 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.
- Friday, July 22, 2022
The Newport Folk Festival features performances from Rhiannon Giddens, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal, and two-thirds of Mountain Man ... Laurie Anderson performs at the Hirschhorn in DC ... The Black Keys are in NY, NJ ... Kronos Quartet are at Rancho Nicasio in California ... Brad Mehldau, Ian Bostridge perform at Verbier Festival ... Rachael & Vilray are in upstate NY ... Cécile McLorin Salvant plays festivals in Switzerland and France ... Molly Tuttle is in Oregon ...Thursday, July 21, 2022Wilco Releases Live 2002 Concert Recording of “Pot Kettle Black,” From Upcoming 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' Special Editions
Wilco has released a live version of “Pot Kettle Black,” from their famed July 23, 2002, concert at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO, featured in the forthcoming Super Deluxe and Deluxe editions of the band’s landmark 2002 album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, out this fall. You can hear it here.Journal Topics: Artist NewsWednesday, July 20, 2022Steve Reich’s 'Runner,' 'Music for Ensemble and Orchestra,' Recorded by Los Angeles Philharmonic Led by Susanna Mälkki, Due September 30 on Nonesuch
Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki, available digitally and on CD on September 30, 2022; a vinyl LP version will be released on December 2. The New York Times calls Runner “a calmly luminous orchestral piece with the pulsating, propulsive rhythms that animate much of Mr. Reich’s music.” The San Francisco Chronicle says that Music for Ensemble and Orchestra “is a beautiful and dramatically charged masterpiece, but its impact goes even further than that.” The album track Runner: I. Sixteenths can be heard here.Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Sam Amidon is the guest on the latest episode of the Suzie Explores podcast hosted by violinist Suzie Collier. The two discuss approaching one's work with a beginner's mind, being open to new influences, and catching the creative spark when it hits. Amidon also talks about his lifelong connection to the fiddle and his lifelong friendship with musician and producer Thomas Bartlett. You can hear the conversation here.Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Makaya McCraven has released “Dream Another,” the second track from his forthcoming album, In These Times, out September 23. The track, which McCraven wrote and recorded in his home studio in Chicago, features Brandee Younger on harp, Junius Paul on bass, Matt Gold on guitar/sitar, and De’Sean Jones on flute. An accompanying music visualizer, directed by Nik Arthur, features hand-drawn, digital, and photographic animations composed and laser-etched into stone in the style of a “zoopraxiscope,” a nineteenth-century animation device, predating the motion picture, that allowed images to move for the first time. You can watch it here.
Monday, July 18, 2022
Evergreen, performed by Caroline Shaw and Attacca Quartet, is due September 23 on Nonesuch Records. The album is five original works by Shaw: three pieces for string quartet—Three Essays, Blueprint, and The Evergreen, which Shaw describes as an offering to a tree she encountered in an evergreen forest on an island off Vancouver—and two songs for string quartet and voice, including Other Song, which she also performed on her 2021 album Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part. Also included is an interpretation of a 12th-century French poem for quartet and voice. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition, 8”x8” autographed print of the score for The Evergreen.Monday, July 18, 2022
Graphic designer John Gall, who has designed dozens of albums for Nonesuch Records over the past 25 years, is the latest guest on the art podcast The Weird Show Broadcast. He talks about how he came to design, from his childhood appreciation of baseball cards and band logos to the series of Nabokov book jackets he art-directed for Vintage Books. He also discusses his work creating collage, one of which can be seen on the cover of Gabriel Kahane’s 2022 Nonesuch album, Magnificent Bird. You can hear the episode here.Journal Topics: PodcastFriday, July 15, 2022
Grammy Award–winning and multi-Platinum selling singer-songwriter Michelle Branch’s new album, The Trouble with Fever, is due September 16. You can watch a video for the album's first single, "I'm A Man," here. Created during the pandemic lockdown, The Trouble with Fever is Branch's fourth solo album and follows her critically acclaimed 2017 album, Hopeless Romantic. The time at home gave Branch the opportunity to stretch herself creatively. She kicks off her tour in Nashville September 12, with dates in New York and Los Angeles, among others.Friday, July 15, 2022
The Colorado Music Festival continues in Boulder this weekend with performances from John Adams, this year’s festival’s composer-in-residence and co-curator, Timo Andres, and Jeremy Denk. There's lots of great music ahead around the world from Rhiannon Giddens, Dawn Upshaw, The Black Keys, Tigran Hamasyan, Jeff Parker, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Molly Tuttle.Wednesday, July 13, 2022Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride & Brian Blade Return with 'LongGone,' Out September 9 on Nonesuch
The members of the legendary original 1990s Joshua Redman Quartet—Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade—who reunited after twenty-six years for the 2020 album RoundAgain, return now with LongGone, an album of six original songs written by Redman, due September 9. The first of those tunes, “Disco Ears,” is out today along with a live performance video that can be seen here.Saturday, July 9, 2022
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were on CBS Saturday Morning to talk with Anthony Mason about their twenty-year career and perform a Saturday Sessions set of two songs from their new album, Dropout Boogie—"Wild Child" and "It Ain't Over"—and "Gold on the Ceiling," from their album El Camino, which turned ten last year. You can watch the interview and three performances here. The band kicks off its North American Dropout Boogie tour in Las Vegas tonight.Friday, July 8, 2022
The Black Keys kick off their North American tour featuring songs from their new album, Dropout Boogie, in Las Vegas on Saturday. This is the band’s first string of shows since touring in support of their 2019 album “Let’s Rock." Band of Horses support on all dates; Ceramic Animal, Early James, and the Velveteers open at select performances.