VOICES Notes and news on New Releases
26 FEB 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
In what's building up to be the most entertaining and comical pledge break in recent memory (or perhaps the history of pledge breaks?) on PBS through their Great Performances series starting March 4th (you can check local listings at pbs.org/gperf), Concord Music Group is brimming with excitement for Steve Martin's new live set and accompanying tour, featuring songs from his GRAMMY-winning albums with remarkable musical companions Steep Canyon Rangers and charming co-songwriter Edie Brickell. The concert features two hours of immensely entertaining comedy and music, plus previously unreleased material.
In case you haven't noticed, Martin has been hitting some incredibly high notes to start 2014, having recently received both a GRAMMY and an honorary Academy Award. Martin will continue his hot streak with a five-month long tour, alongside the Rangers and Brickell, starting March 14th in Santa Cruz, CA. Tour dates for upcoming shows are now available. In the meantime, you can see what all the buzz is about by viewing a segment from the concert: "Pretty Little One."
22 JAN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Excitement continued to build for our upcoming compilation, Sweetheart 2014, as earlier today Stereogum premiered Phosphorescent’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s moody classic “Tomorrow Is a Long Time.” This cover, along with other soaring love songs performed by Vampire Weekend, Beck, Fiona Apple, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and more, will be available on February 4th, 2014 via Hear Music.
09 JAN 14 CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
2013 was the year of Vampire Weekend. Their third LP, Modern Vampires of the City, debuted at Number One on Billboard, got rave reviews, and was named the album of the year by Rolling Stone. Likely in a triumphant mood, the group recorded a love song, heavily reworking the neo-classical "Con te Partirò," made famous by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
In the song, Vampire Weekend make a few daring choices, and they all work. The huge orchestra found on Bocelli's version is replaced with a reggae beat. Supported by the bouncing rhythm, frontman Ezra Koenig is free take a stab at the song's extended verses, which leave a lot of room for flair (and little for breath, putting his pipes to the test). Koenig's voice still has his famously youthful timbre, but it has deepened and broadened slightly, giving his delivery a worldly essence.
"'Con te Partirò' is one of the greatest love songs of all time," Koenig tells Rolling Stone. "Its beauty transcends language. Thank you, Mr. Bocelli, for introducing us to this majestic gem."
"Con te Partirò" is on the upcoming Sweetheart 2014 album, due out February 4th, which features artists covering famous love tunes, including contributions from Beck, Ben Harper,Fiona Apple, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and more.
30 DEC 13 DAVID SHANNON
Rush's latest concert tour DVD, Clockwork Angels Tour, in support of their 2012 album (their 19th!) Clockwork Angels, represents what has become something of a tradition for the band in its later years. Perhaps in dedication to their legions of fans, which are renowned for their fierce appreciation for the band, the DVD runs a whopping three hours, topping the two and a half hours that span their last concert DVD, 2011's Time Machine. The DVD contains enough concert footage (including 30 songs and three Neal Peart drum solos), bonus material, and extra features to satisfy even the most die-hard aficionados.
While the extras and bonus features provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what makes this particular Rush tour operate, with its video accompaniments, elaborate set pieces, and grand scale, it is the concert footage itself that will knock out most fans. Balancing hits like "YYZ" and "Red Sector A" and other older tunes with newer songs from the Clockwork Angels album, the DVD provides a ranging overview of the classic and contemporary in the Rush catalogue.
It also spotlights the string ensemble that accompanies the band on many of its songs for the tour. At times, the ensemble -- on their feet and feeling every note -- rocks every bit as hard as the band and offers a glimpse at what this power trio would sound like with fuller instrumentation. Still, that the core trio is still at it and evolving with every new effort is testament to the power of its music, and to the idea that time -- a theme running through Time Machine and Clockwork Angels -- is on Rush's side.
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