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MusicCHRIS STAPLETON’S TRAVELLER DEBUTS AT #2 ON BILLBOARD’S COUNTRY ALBUMS CHART
Chris Stapleton’s solo debut album, Traveller, entered the Billboard Country Albums Chart at #2 and Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with over 27,000 albums sold making it the best-selling first week by a debut country artist in 2015 (Mercury Records Nashville). Traveller is also one of the ten best first week country debuts in the last five years. With appearances on ABC’s “The View” and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” rave reviews from media and fellow artists and sold-out shows in New York City and Nashville—Traveller has been one of the most talked about albums of the year.
MusicRYN WEAVER DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “THE FOOL”
The video for Ryn Weaver’s “The Fool,” the title track from the singer, songwriter and producer’s debut album, is premiering via The FADER. Watch and embed the video via Vevo here. The Fool will be released June 16 on Mad Love/Interscope Records.
MusicFLUME RELEASES SAM SMITH REMIX
Acclaimed Australian artist/producer Flume premieres a remix of Sam Smith’s global hit “Lay Me Down” today. Listen here. Flume has also confirmed an extensive run of international summer tour dates, including major festivals such as Sasquatch Music Festival, Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Fuji Rock Festival and more. Visit flumemusic.com for details.
MusicAIR LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE COMPETITION FOR STORYTELLING EXPERIMENTS IN PUBLIC MEDIA
AIR—an international network of independent radio and television media makers and entrepreneurs—is searching for 15 creative leaders with ideas that will bring public media to every street corner in America. The winning projects will be incubated at public radio stations nationwide as part of Localore: Finding America, a $3.2 million production that seeds innovation units at public radio and television stations across the country.
MusicMETRIC UNVEILS NEW SINGLE, “THE SHADE”
Revealing the first official new music following their internationally celebrated and award-winning last album Synthetica (2012), Metric returns today with “The Shade”—available via iTunes HERE, on YouTube HERE and on Spotify HERE. More details on the band’s sixth album will be forthcoming including a pre-order starting on June 2. Metric is confirmed as Imagine Dragons’ very special guests on a run of North American dates starting next month.
MusicBENZEL SHARE “WAITING……” FEATURING BEN ABRAHAM
BenZel is sharing a new track, “Waiting……” featuring Australian singer/songwriter Ben Abraham. Stream the track via BenZel’s Soundcloud here.
Film MEREDITH MONK CONCLUDES CELEBRATION OF 50TH SEASON WITH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT ZANKEL HALL ON MAY 2
Following the successful run of her latest music-theater work, On Behalf of Nature, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and last month’s triumphant “Meredith Monk & Friends” concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, legendary composer, performer, vocalist, director and choreographer Meredith Monk returns to Zankel on May 2 for the culminating event of the year-long celebration of her landmark 50th season, during which she has been honored to hold the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall. Billed as a “50th Anniversary Concert,” the program will feature Monk performing some of her earliest solos for a capella voice, then joined by members of her Vocal Ensemble (both past and present) to perform her seminal Dolmen Music and selections from career-spanning works including On Behalf of Nature, impermanence, mercy, Volcano Songs and Facing North. Performers include Theo Bleckmann, Sidney Chen, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Ching Gonzalez, Andrea Goodman, Bohdan Hilash, John Hollenbeck, Naaz Hosseini, Paul Langland, Bruce Rameker, Allison Sniffin and Brian Snow.

MusicPASSION PIT’S KINDRED OUT NOW
Kindred, the highly-anticipated new album from Passion Pit, is out now on Columbia Records. The album is receiving widespread critical acclaim. In celebration of the release, Passion Pit will tour North America this spring, playing intimate venues in the U.S. and Canada. The band will make stops including Big Guava Music Festival, Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, two nights at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club and many more. Tickets are available now via www.kindredthealbum.com/
MusicFLORENCE + THE MACHINE TO PERFORM ON “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” JUNE 5 AND ON “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” JUNE 2
To celebrate the release of their new album How Big How Blue How Beautiful, Florence + the Machine will perform on “Good Morning America June 5 and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonJune 2. The band recently performed new tracks “What Kind of Man,” currently the #1 song on Triple A radio, and “Ship to Wreck” on “Saturday Night Live.” Watch the performances here and here.
Musicbjörk’s vulnicura out now on vinyl and cd
a note from björk: i am proud to announce finally the release of combined digital/cd and vinyl of vulnicura . it took us a while to gather all together into point after leak but here you are : i would like to thank all my team for their insane hard work and be up for some topsy turvy improv . 
MusicHANNAH: BUDDHISM’S UNTOLD JOURNEY PREMIERES IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE RUBIN MUSEUM MAY 6, 8 AND 9
Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey—the award-winning documentary by co-director/producers Marta György Kessler and Adam Penny which chronicles Hannah Nydahl’s story of bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West—makes its New York City debut at The Rubin Museum of Art on May 6, 8 and 9. The film was edited by Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Emmy award-winner Simon Barker. Watch the official trailer via Vimeo HERE. The Rubin Museum of Art is located at 150 W 17th Street in New York City. Tickets and information can be found via rubinmuseum.org.
MusicEMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL’S THE TRAVELING KIND OUT NOW ON NONESUCH
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell’s second duet album—The Traveling Kind, produced by Joe Henry—is out now on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the release, Harris and Crowell were featured in a live on-air performance on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, hosted by Elvis Costello. The duo is currently wrapping up a series of performances in the US before beginning their The Traveling Kind tour this fall, including dates in Alexandria, VA; New York; Toronto; and Boulder.
MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON CONFIRMS SUMMER TOUR
Sturgill Simpson will embark on an extensive summer tour next month, including appearances at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival, Big Barrel Country Music Festival, FarmBorough Festival, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Forecastle, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
MusicSUFJAN STEVENS’ CARRIE & LOWELL DEBUTS IN TOP 10, HIGHEST TO DATE
Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell debuts at in the Top 10 this week on the Soundscan chart, selling 50,538 albums in its first week out and marking Stevens’ highest chart debut to date. Further, the album reached #1 on the Billboard Internet, Independent, Folk, Vinyl and Alternative Core charts, #2 on the Billboard Current Alternative chart and #5 on the Billboard Digital chart.
MusicTORO Y MOI DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “LILLY”
Toro y Moi is sharing a new video for “Lilly,” from the new album What For?, today, watch it here. Made with the help of Ray-Ban and premiered on their “Never Hide Noise” YouTube channel, the video was directed by creative duo HARRYS.
MusicTHE BLACK KEYS RESUME TOURING IN MAY
The Black Keys will resume their worldwide tour on May 28. The dates celebrate the band’s newest album Turn Blue, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and continues to receive acclaim. Most recently, Turn Blue was nominated for three Grammy Awards, bringing the band’s total Grammy nominations to 16. The album was also named #3 Best Album of 2014 by Rolling Stone, which called it “the sound of America’s most innovative arena rockers in full command.” In addition, the band recently taped an episode of Austin City Limits to celebrate the program’s 40th anniversary season, watch the full performance here. Furthermore, raffle tickets are now available for Dan Auerbach’s childhood guitar, signed by both Patrick Carney and Auerbach. All proceeds benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.
MusicJD MCPHERSON’S “LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL” STUDIO VIDEO PREMIERES AT PASTE
A studio video for JD McPherson’s “Let The Good Times Roll” premiered today at Paste and can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1IaRgPd. The song is the title track from McPherson’s highly acclaimed new album and features his longtime band—Jimmy Sutton (upright bass), Jason Smay (drums), Ray Jacildo (keys) and Doug Corcoran (saxophone, guitar, keys).
TechKATY GRANNAN: THE NINETY NINE AND THE NINE AT SHERRICK & PAUL
Sherrick & Paul Gallery is pleased to present the Ninety Nine and the Nine, portraits by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Katy Grannan. The exhibition opens March 5 and runs through April 25 marking the first major showing of her work in the south at large. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.