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  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Bach Trios, an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, is now available in a two-LP vinyl edition, following its recent release on CD and digitally. The Times (UK) calls it "irresistible." The Observer says the musicians are "in perfect harmony." Herald Scotland exclaims: "A new classic ...Truly, virtuosity is its own reward." The trio begins a nine-city US tour at Boston's Symphony Hall tonight.

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, takes place this Saturday, April 22, 2017, and included among the releases on that day are The Allen Toussaint Collection, a compilation of tracks from his first four albums in its first-ever vinyl release; Emmylou Harris's Queen of the Silver Dollar: The Studio Albums, 1975–79, her first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM; and Randy Newman's Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums, 1968–77, his first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM.

  • Friday, April 21, 2017

    Caetano Veloso, Teresa Cristina launch tour at London's Barbican Hall … Devendra Banhart plays Coachella … David Byrne, Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love is in Seattle … Jeremy Denk brings Medieval to Modern to Birmingham … Tigran Hamasyan performs in France … Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer launch Bach Trios tour … The Magnetic Fields bring 50 Song Memoir to Minneapolis ... Record Store Day is Saturday ... and more …

Artist Spotlight

  • Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes' long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, comprises eleven songs, all written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up comes six years after the release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band's self-titled debut.

  • Nonesuch Records releases the label debut from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Mockroot, in January 2015. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. His second label release, An Ancient Observer, is due March 31, 2017.

  • Freedom Highway, Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, includes nine original songs she wrote or co-wrote; a traditional tune; and two civil rights–era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." Giddens co-produced the album with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War, over an intense eight-day period....

  • Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst's Nonesuch Records debut album, Upside Down Mountain, was released in 2014. Oberst has been a recording artist for more than two decades, starting with raw, acoustic guitar-based bedroom tracks he cut as a young teenager and initially released on cassette. After his early Omaha-based band Commander Venus broke up, Oberst recast himself as Bright Eyes, an umbrella name for Oberst, producer-keyboardist Mike Mogis and multi-instrumentalist/arranger...

  • Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes...

Tour

Sat, Apr 22
11:00 AM
McNally Smith College of Music
St. Paul, MNUnited States
MN Music Summit: in conversation w/The Current's Mark Wheat
Sat, Apr 22
McNally Smith College of Music
St. Paul,MNUnited States
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 PM
Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor, MIUnited States
Sat, Apr 22
Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor,MIUnited States
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 PM
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul, MNUnited States
50 Song Memoir
Sat, Apr 22
Fitzgerald Theater
St. Paul,MNUnited States
Sat, Apr 22
8:30 PM
Rocher de Palmer
Cenon, France
Sat, Apr 22
Rocher de Palmer
Cenon,France
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