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MusicBJÖRK: VULNICURA OUT TODAY ON ITUNES
Vulnicura, the eighth studio album from Icelandic artist Björk via One Little Indian is rolling out on iTunes worldwide over the next 24 hours. CD and vinyl versions will come out in March as originally planned.
MusicCHRIS STAPLETON RELEASES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated solo debut album, Traveller, will be released May 5 on Mercury Records Nashville. As a special preview, a behind-the-scenes album trailer can now be viewed here.
MusicBAM and Barclays Center present Contemporary Color, Conceived by David Byrne
BAM and Barclays Center present Contemporary Color, a performance event created by music icon David Byrne, co-commissioned by BAM and Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and inspired by the high school phenomenon of color guard, known as “the sport of the arts.”
MusicSTURGILL SIMPSON CONFIRMS ADDITIONAL U.S. SPRING TOUR DATES
Sturgill Simpson will continue his sold-out U.S. tour this spring, including dates at Austin’s Stubb’s Amphitheater on April 2 and San Francisco’s The Fillmore on April 18. Tickets are on-sale this Friday, January 23. In addition to the headlining shows, Simpson is also confirmed to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and the Big Barrel Country Music Festival.
MusicSUFJAN STEVENS SET TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA THIS SPRING
To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens will tour North America beginning in April. The headline dates include stops at New York’s Beacon Theater and Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall. Stevens will also headline the U.K.’s End of the Road festival this September. Presale tickets for the U.S. dates and further information are available at http://carrieandlowell.com/tour.
MusicTORO Y MOI TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE THIS SPRING
To celebrate the release of his forthcoming album What For?, Toro y Moi will embark on a tour of Europe and North America this spring. The tour will kick off March 24 in Visalia, CA and includes stops at Coachella and headlining dates at New York’s Terminal 5 and Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. Presale tickets and event information are available now at toroymoi.com.
Congratulations to The Black Keys, Sturgill Simpson, Edie Brickell, Angelique Kidjo, Stephen Trask, Karen O, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bernhoft on your Grammy Award nominations.

MusicTHE BLACK KEYS NOMINATED FOR BEST ROCK ALBUM, BEST ROCK SONG AND BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE AT THE 2015 GRAMMY AWARDS
The Black Keys has been nominated at the 2015 Grammy Awards in three categories—Best Rock Album for Turn Blue, Best Rock Song for “Fever” and Best Rock Performance for “Fever.” The band has won 6 total Grammy Awards and now has 15 total nominations. This year’s nominations follow a very successful year for the duo, whose new album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and continues to receive widespread acclaim. Most recently, Turn Blue was named #3 Best Album of 2014 by Rolling Stone, which called it “the sound of America’s most innovative arena rockers in full command.”
MusicJD MCPHERSON’S NEW ALBUM LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL OUT FEBURARY 10 ON ROUNDER RECORDS
Let The Good Times Roll, the highly anticipated new album from acclaimed musician, songwriter and performer JD McPherson, will be released February 10 on Rounder Records. As a special preview, the album track, “Bossy,” recently premiered at The Huffington Post and can be heard/shared via soundcloud. Of the song the site praises “…he shows new growth, blending breakneck blues with modern indie cues to hang a tonal tightrope that’s a pleasure to watch him walk.”
MusicTHE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS CONFIRM 2015 TOUR DATES
The New Pornographers will continue their nationwide tour this winter, including a series of U.S. shows in February. The tour celebrates the band’s new album, Brill Bruisers, which is out now on Matador Records (available for purchase here). The record is the highest charting album in the band’s career and continues to receive widespread critical 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.”
Film PHILIP GLASS: THE COMPLETE PIANO ETUDES DEBUTS AT #1 ON ITUNES CLASSICAL CHART
Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes, performed by acclaimed pianist Maki Namekawa, debuts today at #1 on the iTunes Classical Chart following a five-week exclusive pre-order period. The 20-track double album of solo piano pieces was mastered for iTunes, and is available at http://bit.ly/1r9XVN2. A 20-track double CD package is also now available from Orange Mountain Music: http://amzn.to/1ybPWW5.

Film MEREDITH MONK KICKS OFF 50TH SEASON NOVEMBER 20 WITH PIANO SONGS AT LE POISSON ROUGE
Legendary composer, performer, vocalist, director and choreographer Meredith Monk kicks off her 50th season on November 20 (her 72nd birthday) in NYC with a concert of her Piano Songs performed by Ursula Oppens and Bruce Brubaker at Le Poisson Rouge. The program features music composed by Monk between 1972 and 2006—highlighted in her recent ECM album release of the same name—with several new arrangements created by both Monk and Brubaker.

TechDAMIAN STAMER EXHIBITION AT SHERRICK & PAUL
Sherrick & Paul, the first permanent gallery from rising art world talent Susan Sherrick, will present an exhibition of new works by contemporary landscape painter Damian Stamer—opening January 16 and running through February 28. Sherrick & Paul Gallery is located in the vibrant and creatively diverse Wedgewood Houston neighborhood on 438 Houston Street in Nashville.