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MusicRYN WEAVER’S “THE FOOL” PREMIERES TODAY
The Fool,” the title track from singer, songwriter and producer Ryn Weaver’s debut album, premieres today, listen here. The Fool will be released June 16 on Mad Love/Interscope Records. Weaver is set to make her festival debut this weekend at Coachella, playing at 1:15pm p.t. in the Mojave Tent.
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.
MusicBENZEL RELEASE “STUCK ON YOU” FEATURING TORY LANEZ
Production duo BenZel is releasing “Stuck On You” featuring Tory Lanez today via Soundcloud. Stream and download the track here. Beginning this week, BenZel will release a track via Soundcloud weekly.
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.

MusicJOY WILLIAMS UNVEILS NEW SINGLE “WOMAN (OH MAMA)”
Woman (Oh Mama),” the new single from Joy Williams, is premiering today and is now available on iTunes, Vevo and joywilliams.com. The song will be featured on her highly anticipated new album, VENUS, which will be released midsummer on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records. Formerly a member of the four-time Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars, Joy’s most recent record, 2013’s self-titled The Civil Wars, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
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’S HOW BIG HOW BLUE HOW BEAUTIFUL OUT JUNE 2, 2015
For Florence Welch, the success of her first two Florence + the Machine albums Lungs (2009) and Ceremonials (2011) meant five years of back-to-back recording, promoting and touring. Lungs ran straight into the making, promoting and touring of the Grammy-nominated Ceremonials, an album written while on the road and recorded straight after coming off tour. The shows were getting bigger, the hair redder, the success wider and wilder.
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.
MusicCHRIS STAPLETON’S “TENNESSEE WHISKEY” PREMIERES AT THE FADER
Chris Stapleton’s rendition of the country classic “Tennessee Whiskey” recently premiered at The Fader and can now be streamed/shared via VEVO. The recording is from Stapleton’s highly anticipated debut solo album, Traveller, which will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville and is now available for pre-order. Of the album, The Fader proclaims, “…Traveller is easily, and naturally, the year’s strongest country debut…it’s got the best parts of the genre: softness within toughness.”
MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON RETURNS TO CONAN
Sturgill Simpson recently returned to “Conan” performing his song “Just Let Go.” The performance comes in the midst of Sturgill’s extensive spring/summer tour, which includes upcoming sold-out shows at San Francisco’s The Fillmore and Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern as well as appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Big Barrel Country Music Festival, FarmBorough Festival, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Forecastle, Newport Folk Festival and Lollapalooza.
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’S WHAT FOR? OUT NOW
What For?, the new album from Toro y Moi, is out now on Carpark Records. The album, which Nylon says “finds him tackling—and mastering—psychedelic pop…” and Paste calls “another exciting step in a new direction for Toro y Moi,” is available here.
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.