|KAMASI WASHINGTON’S “TRUTH” DEBUTS TODAY
Avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington today debuts “Truth,” the sixth movement from Harmony of Difference, a new EP set for release this summer. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic, and will be released via Young Turks. Washington has signed to the iconic London label, the home of The xx, Sampha, FKA Twigs and more, worldwide.
|SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY AND JAMES MCALISTER TO PLAY SELECT, SPECIAL DATES THIS SUMMER
To celebrate the release of their forthcoming, collaborative album Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister will play a limited run of very special dates, accompanied onstage by strings and brass, this summer.
|LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL PRESENTS THE 16TH ANNUAL RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL JUNE 14–25
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) presents the 16th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, June 14–25. The 2017 edition presents an array of performances and events exploring and celebrating diversity in all its forms—often blurring the lines between genres including dance, music, theater and the visual arts— over the course of 100+ performances and events spanning 17 projects at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The Festival also offers opportunities for audiences to interact with artists, socialize and experience multiple facets of artists’ work and the creative process.
|CHRIS STAPLETON UNVEILS “SECOND ONE TO KNOW”
Chris Stapleton’s “Second One To Know” is premiering today (listen/share HERE).
The song is the third sequential track unveiled from Stapleton’s highly anticipated new album, From A Room: Volume 1, which will be released next Friday, May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available for pre-order digitally and with physical bundles. Each digital pre-order comes with an instant download of “Second One To Know” as well as the album tracks “Broken Halos” and “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning.”
|STURGILL SIMPSON UNVEILS OFFICIAL “ALL AROUND YOU
The official music video for Sturgill Simpson’s “All Around You” is premiering today and can now be viewed HERE.
|The xx Release Final Night + Day Brixton Film
The xx have today released a final film from their Night + Day Brixton festival. The 21 minute film, directed by Tayo Rapoport + Josh Renaut, and produced by London-based production company CHILD, is a vivid documentation of The xx’s acclaimed 8 day event that took place in Brixton from March 8-15 this year.
|TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS RELEASE INDIVIDUAL VINYL ALBUMS FROM WARNER BROS RECORDS CATALOG
Six individual albums from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Warner Bros Records catalog are now available again as stand-alone vinyl titles. The albums were included as part of a deluxe box set that was released last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut and are now individually available on 140g black vinyl with the original LP artwork. She’s The One, Echo, The Last DJ and Highway Companion have been re-mastered from the original tapes for this release while Mojo and Hypnotic Eye have been re-pressed from the original masters. The classic Warner Bros Records album Wildflowers will be reissued at a later date.
|PHILIP GLASS TO HOLD RICHARD AND BARBARA DEBS COMPOSER’S CHAIR AT CARNEGIE HALL FOR 2017–2018 SEASON
In celebration of his 80th birthday year, esteemed American composer Philip Glass has been appointed to hold the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2017–2018 season. The yearlong residency will present performances that feature both Glass classics and premieres: American Composers Orchestra dedicates a program to composers inspired by Glass; the Philip Glass Ensemble and the San Francisco Girls Chorus perform his groundbreaking but rarely performed masterpiece, Music with Changing Parts, as part of the citywide festival The ‘60s: The Years that Changed America; notable premieres include a string quartet for the JACK Quartet and arrangements by composer Nico Muhly of lesser-known Glass songs—both Carnegie Hall commissions; additionally, the Louisiana Philharmonic and Pacific Symphony both make their Carnegie Hall debuts in programs selected, in part, by Glass in response to invitations extended to U.S. orchestras to submit programs that place important works by the composer in illuminating contexts. Full details on the residency may be found at http://www.carnegiehall.org/glass/.
|MAJOR LAZER PREMIERES “RUN UP” VIDEO FEATURING PARTYNEXTDOOR AND NICKI MINAJ
Major Lazer’s video for “Run Up,” their smash hit featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj, premieres today—watch it here. The video was directed by Paul, Luc and Martin, the creative collective of french star Stromae under his Mosaert label, and produced by Phantasm.
|BOB WEIR ADDS SPRING TOUR DATES WITH THE CAMPFIRE BAND
Bob Weir & The Campfire Band have confirmed new April tour dates making stops in Dallas, Austin, New Orleans and Mobile. The Campfire Band is comprised of Weir, Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Josh Kaufman, Steve Kimock and Jon Shaw. VIP packages are available and every online ticket order comes with one (1) physical CD of Weir’s newest album Blue Mountain. See below for full dates and visit HERE for further ticketing information.
|BJÖRK: VULNICURA LIVE AVAILABLE NOW VIA ONE LITTLE INDIAN
A live version of Björk’s highly-acclaimed eighth studio album Vulnicura is available now worldwide.
The record is a collection of fourteen songs selected and mixed by Björk, Arca and Chris Elms that were recorded on the critically acclaimed Vulnicura tour. As well as original Vulnicura tracks, it includes new versions of Björk songs including “Come To Me,” “Undo” and “I See Who You Are” by Arca and Bjork, and “Mutual Core” and “Mouth Mantra” by The Haxan Cloak and Björk.
|JUSTICE’S “FIRE” VIDEO DEBUTS TODAY
The Grammy Award-winning duo Justice premieres the Susan Sarandon-starring video for their new single, “Fire,” today. The perfect soundtrack for an everlasting summer —watch it here.
|BREAKOUT GLOBAL STAR MØ DEBUTS “NIGHTS WITH YOU” TODAY
Danish vocalist, songwriter and breakout star MØ premieres her first solo music of 2017 today. Listen to “Nights With You,” produced by Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and SOPHIE here.
|TORY LANEZ’S THE NEW TORONTO 2 AND CHIXTAPE 4 OUT NOW
Breakout star Tory Lanez caps off a banner year with two new mixtapes, The New Toronto 2 and Chixtape 4, out now. Download both at thenewtoronto2.com
Lanez, who played more than 200 shows in 2016, is nominated for Best R&B Song for his Platinum-certified smash “LUV” at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
|FLUME’S SKIN COMPANION II EP OUT NOW
Skin Companion EP II, the second follow up to Australian producer Flume’s acclaimed 2016 album Skin, is out now digitally and on vinyl on May 5. Snippets of all four EP tracks are viewable now on the flumemusic.com