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MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON NOMINATED FOR “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” AT THE 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS
Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The acclaimed album is also up for “Best Country Album.” The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c.
MusicLORI MCKENNA NOMINATED FOR FOUR GRAMMY AWARDS
Lori McKenna is nominated as both a songwriter and artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Her four nominations include “Best Country Song” for her solo-penned, No. 1 hit “Humble and Kind” (Tim McGraw), “Best Americana Album” for her acclaimed new album The Bird & The Rifle, and “Best American Roots Song” and “Best American Roots Performance” for “Wreck You” from The Bird & The Rifle. The awards show will be broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday, February 12 at 8/7c.
MusicTHE XX RELEASE "ON HOLD" VIDEO, DIRECTED BY ALASDAIR MCLELLAN
The xx today release their video for “On Hold,” the first single from the trio’s highly anticipated third album I See You. The video was shot in Marfa, Texas, where the band wrote and recorded some of I See You, and is directed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Alasdair McLellan.
MusicCHRIS STAPLETON WINS “MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR” AND “MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR” AT THE 50TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS
Chris Stapleton won “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “Music Video of the Year” (“Fire Away”) at The 50th Annual CMA Awards. This marks Stapleton’s second consecutive Male Vocalist win and his first for Music Video. In addition to the two honors, Stapleton was joined by special guest Dwight Yoakam for a rousing rendition of Ray Charles and Willie Nelson’s 1984 hit “Seven Spanish Angels” alongside full string and horn sections.
MusicJACKSON BROWNE, GARY CLARK JR., FOO FIGHTERS, DON HENLEY, CHRIS HILLMAN and HERB PEDERSEN, NORAH JONES, ELLE KING, KINGS OF LEON, JEFF LYNNE, RANDY NEWMAN, STEVIE NICKS, REGINA SPEKTOR, GEORGE STRAIT, THE BANGLES, andLUCINDA WILLIAMS TO HONOR TOM PETTY AS 2017 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR
Performances by multi-GRAMMY®-winning artists Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Kings Of Leon, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, and Lucinda Williams; GRAMMY-winning artists Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Lynne, and George Strait; GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriters Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, Elle King, and Regina Spektor; and rock band the Bangles. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close the evening's performances. Multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and producer T Bone Burnett will serve as musical director. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
MusicPHILIP GLASS’S CELEBRATORY 80TH BIRTHDAY SEASON BEGINS JANUARY 2017
One of America’s most esteemed composers, Philip Glass, celebrates his 80th birthday this January, a milestone that will be marked by a year of notable performances and events encompassing every facet of his career—opera, chamber music, orchestra music, dance, theatre works and more. Highlights follow, with additional events and honors to be announced throughout the season.
MusicBLACKBERRY SMOKE’S LIKE AN ARROW DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S COUNTRY AND AMERICANA CHARTS
Blackberry Smoke’s acclaimed new album Like An Arrow debuts this week at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Country Albums and Americana Albums charts as well as No. 3 on Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. Additionally, in the U.K., the album debuts this week at No. 1 on the Rock Albums and Independent Albums charts. This is the band’s second consecutive No. 1 album, following 2015’s Holding All the Roses, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart.
MusicNICOLAS JAAR’S SIRENS OUT SEPTEMBER 30
Critically acclaimed Chilean electronic artist and producer Nicolas Jaar’s upcoming full length LP, Sirens, is out digitally September 30 and on CD and vinyl October 14 via Jaar’s own Other People label. The album—which consists of six tracks that each flow seamlessly into the next—is Jaar’s most topically cohesive and politically-minded record to date. Sirens is available for pre-order at https://store.other-people.net/ and via iTunes at http://smarturl.it/nj_sirens_itunes.
MusicMAJOR LAZER’S “COLD WATER” REACHES #1 ON TOP 40
Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and reaches #1 on the Top 40 airplay chart this week. The global smash debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with more than 566 million streams and more than 602,000 songs sold to date since its June release. The track reached #1 on iTunes in 68 countries immediately following its release and topped both the Spotify Global and U.S. Charts.
MusicREGINA SPEKTOR PERFORMS ON PBS’ “CHARLIE ROSE”
In celebration of her critically acclaimed new record Remember Us To Life, out now on Sire/Warner Bros. Records, Regina Spektor performed the album tracks “Older and Taller” and “Grand Hotel” on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” last night. Watch/share her interview and performances HERE.
MusicDREEZY’S NO HARD FEELINGS OUT NOW TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Rising Chicago vocalist, rapper and songwriter Dreezy’s debut album No Hard Feelings is out now on Interscope and receiving critical acclaim. Pitchfork calls it “a fully-formed offering that seamlessly balances rugged raps with pristine pop songs…and tender slow jams,” continuing, “Dreezy is as accomplished a vocalist as she is a lyricist, with a glossy tone that rises as painlessly into falsetto as it does a playful squeal.” The FADER says “The Chicago [MC] sounds great as part of a duet, whether trading bars or flexing her considerable vocal skills, but she also sounds outstanding on her own,” while XXL praises her “potent punchlines, R&B tendencies and a backbone tougher than the neighborhood she comes from.”
MusicBOB WEIR’S PERFORMANCE AT AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS AIRS ON PBS’S “AUSTIN CITY LIMITS” NOVEMBER 19
Bob Weir’s performance—and tribute to Merle Haggard—of “Mama Tried” from the Americana Music Festival Awards will air in a special episode of “Austin City Limits Presents” on PBS on November 19. Weir also received a Lifetime Achievement Award that evening. NPR Music premiered the video describing it as “an exquisite bit of synergy” and calling Weir “a storyteller for the ages.” See the video and post HERE.
MusicGIBNEY DANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONTINUES WITH FALL 2016 SEASON
As part of its celebratory 25th Anniversary year, Gibney Dance announces today its Fall 2016 Season featuring signature series Making Space, DoublePlus and Sorry I Missed Your Show, a Gibney Dance Company residency in Rwanda as part of the organization’s Global Community Action program, a full season of Gallery Exhibitions, plus the premiere of a brand new work by Gibney Dance CEO & Artistic Director Gina Gibney, Folding In. Set for eight performances November 2–12, the piece marks the choreographer’s first evening-length work since 2013, and the first to be performed by the newly re-envisioned Gibney Dance Company: Associate Artistic Director Amy Miller and Artistic Associates Natsuki Arai, Nigel Campbell, Kassandra Cruz, Devin Oshiro and Brandon Welch.
MusicWARPAINT’S HEADS UP CONTINUES TO RECEIVE CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Heads Up, the new album from Warpaint, is out now on Rough Trade Records to widespread critical acclaim.

Following a wildly successful U.S. tour—the LA Weekly says, “These days they play tighter, faster and with greater finesse, unfathomably continuing to find new heights,”—the band is currently touring Europe. Warpaint will continue the tour in the U.S. in November, kicking off November 10 in Atlanta with further dates November 12 in Nashville, November 17 in Austin, November 22 in San Diego and more. Goldensuns and VS Colour will support on select dates.

MusicJOHN PAUL WHITE CONFIRMS WEST COAST TOUR DATES
In support of Beulah, his first solo effort in nearly a decade, John Paul White is set to tour the West Coast in January. White is currently on tour throughout the Midwestern U.S.
MusicDWIGHT YOAKAM PERFORMS ON “THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT”
Acclaimed country icon Dwight Yoakam performed “Gone (That’ll Be Me)” from his new album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… Wednesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”—watch/share the segment HERE. Yoakam’s performance oif “What I Don’t Know” from the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards show will air in a special episode of Austin City Limits Presents on PBS on November 19. Today, Rolling Stone Country premiered the video proclaiming “The peaks and valleys of Yoakam’s lead vocals are just one of the thrilling elements of the Kentucky native’s vintage Flatt & Scruggs-inspired spin on the tune. Running a close second are the tight harmonies and sterling musicianship of the bluegrass vets joining him onstage…” See the post HERE and share HERE.
MusicPET SHOP BOYS U.S. SUPER TOUR STARTS OCTOBER 21 IN LAS VEGAS
Following four much lauded, sold-out shows at London’s Royal Opera House, Pet Shop Boys start the U.S. leg of their “Super” worldwide tour October 21 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The band will play 20 cities in North America, performing songs from their storied career as well as their new album, Super.
MusicBJÖRK: 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.

MusicJUSTICE’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.
MusicKELSEY LU TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL
Rising artist and multi-instrumentalist Kelsey Lu will tour North America this fall, playing select, very special dates with Sampha and joining his band on cello. Stops include New York’s Baby’s All Right October 25 and Los AngelesPalace Theater November 1 as part of the Red Bull Sound Select series.
MusicMØ TO PERFORM “FINAL SONG” ON “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” SEPTEMBER 20
Rising Danish vocalist, songwriter and producer will appear on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” September 20 to perform her latest track “Final Song.” The track was co-written by Noonie Bao (Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepson) and produced by MNEK (Beyoncé, Zara Larsson)—watch the “Final Song” video here. MØ previously appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Major Lazer in 2015 to perform their smash hit “Lean On.”
MusicAARON NEVILLE PERFORMS “HARD TO BELIEVE” ON THE TODAY SHOW
American music legend Aaron Neville performs “Hard To Believe” on the Today Show, watch his performance here: http://smarturl.it/an_todayshow. Additionally, Neville debuts a lyric video for his track “Stompin’ Ground,” which he calls “a musical love letter to his city.” Watch the video here: http://smarturl.it/an_stompinggroundvid
MusicTORY LANEZ’S “LUV” NOMINATED FOR 2017 GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST R&B SONG
Breakout star Tory Lanez is nominated for Best R&B Song for his Platinum-certified smash “LUV” at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, set to air Sunday, February 12, 2017.
MusicFLUME WINS EIGHT ARIA AWARDS
Flume is celebrating his win of eight ARIA Awards in his native Australia, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Release, Best Male Artist, Best Dance Release, Best Indie Release, Best Cover Artwork, Producer of the Year and Engineer of the Year. Flume also performed a medley of his hits “Never Be Like You” with Kai and “Say It” with Tove Lo—watch the performance here.