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MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON PERFORMS “THE PROMISE” ON “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
Sturgill Simpson performed his version of When in Rome’s “The Promise” last night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He also performed “Turtles All The Way Down” as a special web exclusive. Both songs are from Simpson’s highly acclaimed new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, which was just nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Americana Album” (iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp). Additionally, the record was recently named Rolling Stone’s #18 Album of 2014, while American Songwriter selected it as #1 on their “Top 50 Albums of 2014” round-upThe album is also featured on year-end “best of” lists at NPR Music, Stereogum, The Washington Post, Paste and the Nashville Scene.
MusicDAMIEN RICE CONFIRMS SPRING U.S. TOUR
Damien Rice is set to embark on a nationwide tour this spring—his largest U.S. run in nearly a decade—including stops at the Beacon Theater in New York City, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Of his live set, Billboard hails, “Spellbinding, captivating, riveting, mesmerizing,  dazzling— there aren’t enough words in the thesaurus to convey the bravura and depth it takes to hold an entire room in 2014 for two hours with no production, no visuals, no frills, just songs and stories.”
MusicJULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ’S TYRANNY OUT NOW ON CULT RECORDS
Tyranny, the debut album from Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, is out now on Cult Records. To celebrate the release, the band performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on release day, watch it here. Tyranny is out October 13 in the U.K. and October 14 internationally. Casablancas+The Voidz also played a secret release week show with Blood Orange and Big Ups at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium.
MusicWATCH KAREN O PERFORM “RAPT” AT SOFAR SOUNDS’ NEW YORK LISTENING PARTY
SPIN is premiering a video of Karen O performing “Rapt,” from her debut solo album Crush Songs, today, watch it here. The video was filmed at O’s surprise performance at a New York City Crush Songs listening party, hosted by Sofar Sounds. Crush Songs is out now via Cult Records.
MusicTHE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, AND ARTIST BJÖRK
The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full- scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.
MusicTHE BLACK KEYS’ CONCERT TO AIR ON THE HOWARD STERN SHOW DECEMBER 19
The Howard Stern Show will broadcast a special live concert by The Black Keys Friday, December 19 on SiriusXM Radio. The concert, taped earlier this year in Houston, TX will air on SiriusXM Howard 100 or 101 at 11:15 PM EST/8:15 PM PST. The two hour concert is running directly after the “The Howard Stern Birthday Bash: Director’s Cut” special.
MusicJD MCPHERSON’S NEW ALBUM LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL OUT FEBURARY 10 ON ROUNDER RECORDS
Let The Good Times Roll, the highly anticipated new album from acclaimed musician, songwriter and performer JD McPherson, will be released February 10 on Rounder Records. As a special preview, the album track, “Bossy,” recently premiered at The Huffington Post and can be heard/shared via soundcloud. Of the song the site praises “…he shows new growth, blending breakneck blues with modern indie cues to hang a tonal tightrope that’s a pleasure to watch him walk.”
MusicTHE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS CONFIRM 2015 TOUR DATES
The New Pornographers will continue their nationwide tour this winter, including a series of newly confirmed U.S. east coast shows in February. See below for complete details. The tour celebrates the band’s new album, Brill Bruisers, which is out now on Matador Records (available for purchase here). The record is the highest charting album in the band’s career and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim—Rolling Stone praises, “…exuberant, synthpop-infused set…” while NPR Music asserts, “With its wrecking crew of songwriters and singers, The New Pornographers’ long-running marriage of craft and immediacy puts this group of musicians right in line with Brill’s expert hit-makers,” and Billboard proclaims, “…the album features the group’s most beautiful, whimsical harmonies yet.”
Film PHILIP GLASS: THE COMPLETE PIANO ETUDES DEBUTS AT #1 ON ITUNES CLASSICAL CHART
Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes, performed by acclaimed pianist Maki Namekawa, debuts today at #1 on the iTunes Classical Chart following a five-week exclusive pre-order period. The 20-track double album of solo piano pieces was mastered for iTunes, and is available at http://bit.ly/1r9XVN2. A 20-track double CD package is also now available from Orange Mountain Music: http://amzn.to/1ybPWW5.

Film MEREDITH MONK KICKS OFF 50TH SEASON NOVEMBER 20 WITH PIANO SONGS AT LE POISSON ROUGE
Legendary composer, performer, vocalist, director and choreographer Meredith Monk kicks off her 50th season on November 20 (her 72nd birthday) in NYC with a concert of her Piano Songs performed by Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker at Le Poisson Rouge. The program features music composed by Monk between 1972 and 2006—highlighted in her recent ECM album release of the same name—with several new arrangements created by both Monk and Brubaker.

TechSHERRICK & PAUL INAUGURAL GALLERY SHOW INCLUDES RARE, LARGE FORMAT WILLIAM EGGLESTON PRINT
Sherrick & Paul, the first permanent gallery from rising art world talent Susan Sherrick, opened its inaugural show November 14 in Nashville’s up-and-coming, vibrant and creatively diverse Wedgewood Houston neighborhood. The gallery is showing works from Marcel Dzama, Nick Goss, Katy Granna, Vivian Maier, Barry McGee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Wendy White, William Eggleston and others. Work from Eggleston includes a rare, large format print, made available to the gallery by the Eggleston Artistic Trust, alongside five previously unseen smaller works.