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MUSIC NEWS

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Music News 05/14/2014

Guitars

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Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive (ATO Records, $13.98) – Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero, originally from Mexico, took the rhythmic energies from flamenco, heavy metal, even Irish percussion, and translated them to two nylon string guitars. 9 Dead Alive has a conceptual theme: each of their driving instrumental duets honors a different historical figure (Dostoyevsky, Gabriela Mistral, Sor Juana, Harriet Tubman, Viktor Frankl, Spanish luthier Antonio de Torres Jurado, and explorer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Firdtjof Nansen, among them).

Rodrigo y Gabriela performed live and talked about the new CD on Sunday’s All Things Considered.
The Black Keys, Turn Blue (Nonesuch, $17.98) – The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach, guitars, bass and vocals, Patrick Carney, drums) focus on heartbreak and breakup songs (“Weight of Love,” “Gotta Get Away”). They once again team up with producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), who brings a variety of sonic touches to the Keys’s stripped-down sound.

Voices

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Nikki Lane, All or Nothin’ (New West Records, $15.98) – Nikki Lane sings with gusto and plenty of attitude, ably surrounded by a swampy, down-and-dirty country-rock band, with a big Hammond organ and plenty of reverb (great production by Dan Auerbach [see above]). Great songs (“Love’s on Fire,” “Good Man,” “Sleep with a Stranger”), great vocals, and a great sound.

NOTE: Nikki Lane will be at Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown on Friday, June 27.

Natalie Merchant, Natalie Merchant (Nonesuch, $17.98) – Natalie Merchant’s strong, dark, and melancholic voice is instantly recognizable. Her first album of originals in 13 years, she constructs a powerful set, song by song, with a quiet passion, addressing themes of loss and mortality. Her core band is augmented by stirring string arrangements.
NOTE: Natalie Merchant will be at the Lincoln Theater on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13.

Esmé Patterson, Woman to Woman (Greater Than Collective, $13.98) – Answer songs have a long history in rock and roll, but Esmé Patterson ups the ante: she’s recorded an album of seven songs, each one conversing with and giving advice to well-known musical protagonists. Eleanor Rigby, Elvis Costello’s Alison, Lead Belly’s Irene, Dolly Parton’s Jolene, the Beach Boys’s Caroline, and Townes Van Zandt’s Loretta. Ms Patterson leads a quartet, showcasing a very vocal and stinging pedal steel.

CD CoverJazz in Washington Editors on the Kojo Nnamdi Show

Last week, I wrote about the special spring issue—entitled Jazz in Washington—of Washington History ($20), the scholarly journal of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. You can listen to editors Maurice Jackson (from Georgetown University) and Blair Ruble (of the Wilson Center), talk about some of the history discussed in the articles on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU.