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  • Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Dark Matter, Randy Newman's first album of new material in nine years, is due next Friday, August 4, with the vinyl due August 18. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full below as an NPR First Listen. Newman, says NPR, "remains first and foremost a craftsman of song, capable of telling ordinary stories in ways no one quite has before."

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017

    Fleet Foxes begin a North American tour featuring music from their new album, Crack-Up, with a show at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine, tonight. The tour includes headline dates at Celebrate Brooklyn, Hollywood Bowl, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and across the continent in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, Las Vegas, Austin, Vancouver, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix, St. Paul, and more, plus festival sets at Newport Folk and Outside Lands, culminating with two nights at the Chicago Theatre in early October.

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Audra McDonald—who is starring in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill on London's West End—spoke with Alec Baldwin about her life and storied career as the guest on the latest episode of his Here's the Thing podcast from WNYC Studios. "Much like the staggering beauty of her voice, Audra McDonald is impossible to ignore," says Baldwin. "Reviews of her award-winning performances overflow with accolades: she's 'spellbinding,' 'radiant,' and 'wrenchingly human.'" Hear the conversation here.

Artist Spotlight

  • The Queen of Hearts is the debut album from Offa Rex, an adventurous project featuring Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. The album draws largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a transatlantic musical conversation that flirts with psychedelia and folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity. NPR calls it "a match made in folk-rock heaven."

  • Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes' highly anticipated third album, comes six years after the release of Helplessness Blues. "Rewarding, involving, and meticulous," says the AP, "Crack-Up has been well worth the wait." "Likely to be the most remarkable album you will hear this year," exclaims the Times (UK). "The return of one of the most original bands of this century." Pitchfork calls it "their most complex and compelling album to date."

  • The Natalie Merchant Collection, a deluxe 10-CD box set, comprises all eight of her solo studio albums from the previous three decades; a new studio set featuring four new songs and six reinterpreted selections from her catalog, all arranged for string quartet; and a disc of rare and unreleased tracks. Includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of the singer-songwriter's solo career, an archival treasure box for collectors.

  • k.d. lang's Ingénue: 25th Anniversary Edition marks the double platinum-selling, Grammy-winning album's silver anniversary. The new two-disc set includes remastered versions of the album's original ten tracks, including its huge hit "Constant Craving," along with eight previously unreleased performances from lang's 1993 MTV Unplugged episode, recorded in New York City's famed Ed Sullivan Theater.

  • Dark Matter, Randy Newman's first album of new material in nine years, is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian called "the work of a true master of popular song." Produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher, the album includes songs about Vladimir Putin, the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more.

Tour

Wed, Jul 26
7:00 PM
9:30 Club
Washington, DCUnited States
Wed, Jul 26
9:30 Club
Washington,DCUnited States
Wed, Jul 26
7:30 PM
ICC Theatre
Sydney, Australia
Wed, Jul 26
ICC Theatre
Sydney,Australia
Wed, Jul 26
8:00 PM
The Town Hall
New York, NYUnited States
Wed, Jul 26
The Town Hall
New York,NYUnited States
Thu, Jul 27
7:00 PM
Thompson's Point
Portland, MEUnited States
Thu, Jul 27
Thompson's Point
Portland,MEUnited States
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