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  • Friday, September 15, 2017

    Half-Light, the debut album from Rostam, known for his work in Vampire Weekend, is out now. NPR calls it "stunning ... one of the year's most arresting albums." The New Yorker says it's "a wondrous album, full of coy dreams and quiet yearning." The Daily Beast calls it "a sublime collection of baroque pop ... one of the more extraordinary records of the year." Interview says: "It's joyous and catchy, intimate and spacious, and, like its creator, exists in a musical world all its own." Rolling Stone gives it four stars. Rostam performs at Easy Street Records in Seattle on Monday and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 27; he will tour Europe in November.

  • Friday, September 15, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens resumes Freedom Highway tour in Midwest … Timo Andres plays in NYC … Devendra Banhart concludes South American tour in Buenos Aires … Fleet Foxes play Oregon … k.d. lang takes Ingénue tour to Ottawa … Nico Muhly is at the Guggenheim in NYC … Randy Newman tours Northeast … Conor Oberst tours Midwest … Joshua Redman is at Monterey Jazz, SFJAZZ … Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau conclude US duo tour in California … Rokia Traoré performs in Belgium … and more …

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Rostam is the guest on the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast. He talks with host Hrishikesh Hirway about "Bike Dream," breaking down the music and lyrics of the track from his debut album, Half-Light, which is out Friday on Nonesuch Records. You can hear what he has to say below, where you can watch the lyric video for "Bike Dream" as well.

Artist Spotlight

  • Half-Light, the debut album from Rostam, is due September 8, 2017, on Nonesuch. Rostam is known for his work in Vampire Weekend and produced each of their three albums. His kaleidoscopic debut album features fifteen songs that were written, produced, and performed by Rostam in his Los Angeles home studio.

     

  • 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."

  • Robert Plant's eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests, including Chrissie Hynde.

  • 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.

  • Louis Andriessen's Theatre of the World was recorded live during the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016 world premiere performances with conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and director Pierre Audi. The nine-scene multimedia work, which features a libretto by Helmut Krausser, is a far-ranging exploration of 17th-century German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher. The Los Angeles Times says: "Brilliant and deep, Andriessen's music compels from start to finish."

Tour

Wed, Sep 20
(All day)
The Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara, CAUnited States
Wed, Sep 20
The Arlington Theatre
Santa Barbara,CAUnited States
Wed, Sep 20
7:30 PM
The O'Shaughnessy
St. Paul, MNUnited States
Wed, Sep 20
The O'Shaughnessy
St. Paul,MNUnited States
Thu, Sep 21
7:30 PM
Club Quattro
Shinsaibashi, Japan
Thu, Sep 21
Club Quattro
Shinsaibashi,Japan
Thu, Sep 21
7:30 PM
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York, NYUnited States
Works & Process; San Francisco Opera: Girls of the Golden West by John Adams and Peter Sellars
Thu, Sep 21
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York,NYUnited States
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