The Highwomen – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

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The Highwomen - "The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac Cover)The Highwomen, the country supergroup comprising Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby, have timed their grand introduction exceedingly well. The band announced their debut album with the “Redesigning Women” video just in time to give their first official performance at last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. They’ve also been … More »

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bryce Dessner & Eighth Blackbird – “One With The Birds”

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At the end of the month, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is releasing When We Are Inhuman, a collaborative album with Bryce Dessner and the contemporary classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Along with new versions of Will Oldham’s songs, the LP includes a live performance of Julius Eastman’s “Stay On It” and movements from Dessner’s Murder Ballades series. More »

Bon Iver Announce New Album i,i — Hear “Faith” & “Jelmore”

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Bon-Iver-i-iJustin Vernon has been so omnipresent over the past decade-plus that it’s easy to forget that there have only been three proper Bon Iver albums. Soon, there will be four. Lately, Bon Iver has been teasing the announcement of a new LP, and last month, they shared two new songs, “Hey, Ma” and … More »

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bryce Dessner, & Eighth Blackbird – “Beast For Thee”

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Bonnie-Prince-Billy-When-We-Are-InhumanBack in 2005, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the oblique folk-music enigma otherwise known as Will Oldham, teamed up with Chavez frontman Matt Sweeney for the ragged and beautiful Superwolf — quite possibly the best album that either Oldham or Sweeney has been involved with. “Beast For Thee,” a strange and layered ballad, was one of that … More »

Premature Evaluation: The National I Am Easy To Find

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The-National-I-Am-Easy-To-FindTwo minutes and 10 seconds into “Not In Kansas,” the National disappear. It’s a key track on their new album, I Am Easy To Find, and you could imagine the ways a younger version of the band may have treated the arrangement; you could picture an successor to “England,” a song slowly ratcheting up tension … More »

Watch Thom Yorke Debut New Song “Gawpers” In Paris

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Tonight, Thom Yorke performed at the National’s Bryce Dessner’s Minimalist Dream House show in Paris. He performed alongside piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque and premiered his first classical composition, “Don’t Fear The Light.” … More »

The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Performance With Thom Yorke

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The National’s Bryce Dessner has just announced a few shows this week in Paris, Lyon, London, and Hamburg as part of the “Minimalist Dream House” tour. The mini tour will include performances with Thom Yorke, David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, David Chalmin, and pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque. Dessner will play music from his … More »

The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Solo Album El Chan; Hear An Excerpt

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The National may have just announced a new album but that won’t stop the band’s Bryce Dessner from announcing his own solo album. It’s true: The National boys never sleep! … More »

Dark Was The Night Turns 10

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Dark-Was-The-NightIndie had a big year in 2009. As the first decade of the century drew to a close, there was a slew of major releases from the genre’s dominant, or very-soon-to-be-dominant, names. The year kicked off with Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, still regarded as their masterpiece and a pivotal indie release overall. More »

Thom Yorke Announces New Classical Composition “Don’t Fear The Light”

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Thom Yorke has been busy. Last year, he debuted his first ever film score for Luca Guadagnino’s buzzy but ultimately disappointing Suspiria remake. Yorke’s theme, “Suspirium,” was included on the Oscar’s shortlist, and on Tuesday (1/22) we’ll find out if it’s a sure nomination. Soon after Suspiria came out, Yorke talked about a … More »