|STURGILL SIMPSON WINS “EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR” AT 2014 AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS
Sturgill Simpson was recently awarded “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards. Of the competitive category, The Wall Street Journal asserted, “The new, impressive young performers put forward for Americana's ‘Emerging Act of the Year’ for 2014 are undoubtedly the strongest set ever nominated in a single year; who they are and what they do should further define the arena…” PBS will broadcast an edited version of the Honors & Awards show as an Austin City Limits special, “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival,” on November 22.
|DAMIEN RICE’S SINGLE “I DON’T WANT TO CHANGE YOU” PREMIERES AT BBC RADIO 1 “ZANE LOWE” AND NPR MUSIC “ALL SONGS CONSIDERED”
"I Don’t Want to Change You,” the first single from Damien Rice’s upcoming album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, premiered today on BBC Radio 1 “Zane Lowe” and NPR Music “All Songs Considered,” listen here: http://n.pr/1qqJjaq. Watch a teaser clip of the song’s forthcoming video at: http://youtu.be/yNZUGSaBgQs.
|JULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ’S TYRANNY OUT NOW ON CULT RECORDS
Tyranny, the debut album from Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, is out now on Cult Records. To celebrate the release, the band will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET. Tyranny is out September 26 in Australia, October 13 in the U.K. and October 14 internationally. Casablancas+The Voidz also played a secret show Monday night with Blood Orange and Big Ups at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium.
|WATCH KAREN O PERFORM “RAPT” AT SOFAR SOUNDS’ NEW YORK LISTENING PARTY
SPIN is premiering a video of Karen O performing “Rapt,” from her debut solo album Crush Songs, today, watch it here. The video was filmed at O’s surprise performance at a New York City Crush Songs listening party, hosted by Sofar Sounds. Crush Songs is out now via Cult Records.
|THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, AND ARTIST BJÖRK
NEW YORK, June 18, 2014—The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full- scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk's collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.
/ BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE OPENS WORLDWIDE
|THE BLACK KEYS PERFORM NEW SINGLE ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
The Black Keys performed “Gotta Get Away” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night as well as a cover of Edwyn Collins’ “A Girl Like You” as a web exclusive. The band’s new single is from their highly acclaimed album, Turn Blue, which debuted earlier this year at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. In celebration of the release, the duo is currently in the midst of an extensive fall North American tour including dates tonight and tomorrow at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as well as upcoming shows at L.A.’s The Forum and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. See below for complete worldwide tour details. Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, the tour features special guests Cage The Elephant, Jake Bugg and St. Vincent. (The Barclays Center dates are part of a celebration of their worldwide label’s 50th anniversary at Brooklyn Academy of Music: Nonesuch Records at BAM: Celebrating a Label without Labels.)
|THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ BRILL BRUISERS BAND’S HIGHEST CHARTING ALBUM TO DATE
The New Pornographers’ new album, Brill Bruisers, which is the highest charting album in the band’s career, is out now on Matador Records (available for purchase here). Released to widespread acclaim, Rolling Stone praises, “…exuberant, synthpop-infused set…” while NPR Music asserts, “With its wrecking crew of songwriters and singers, The New Pornographers’ long-running marriage of craft and immediacy puts this group of musicians right in line with Brill’s expert hit-makers,” and Billboard proclaims, “…the album features the group’s most beautiful, whimsical harmonies yet.” Additionally, Pitchfork selected the title track as a “Best New Track.” Moreover, the official music video for the track “War On The East Coast” recently premiered at Rolling Stone and can now be viewed/embedded here.
|TALKING HEADS’ STOP MAKING SENSE OUT NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME DIGITALLY ON PALM PICTURES, CELEBRATING 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FILM’S RELEASE
Talking Heads’ acclaimed concert film Stop Making Sense is out now for the first time digitally on Palm Pictures, available via iTunes here. Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia) and produced by Gary Goetzman (The Silence of the Lambs, Where the Wild Things Are), Stop Making Sense was originally released in 1984 and has continued to receive critical acclaim: The New York Times raves “Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group’s own” while the Los Angeles Times proclaims “[David] Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, bassist Tina Weymouth and keyboardist Jerry Harrison seemed to be simply bursting with inspired elements to pack into Stop Making Sense” and the AV Club declares “There never has been, and in all likelihood never will be, a more glorious intersection of live music and cinema than Stop Making Sense.” A special limited theatrical engagement of the film is ongoing, including screenings in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Watch a montage from the film here.
|RECOGNIZED ART DEALER AND ADVISOR SUSAN SHERRICK TO OPEN HER FIRST GALLERY IN NASHVILLE
Nashville, August 18—Buoyed by the overwhelming success and interest generated around her collaborative pop-up shows this past year, Susan Sherrick, one of art world’s fastest rising, young talents, will open Sherrick and Paul—her first permanent gallery—this fall in Nashville’s vibrant and creatively diverse Wedgewood Houston neighborhood.