Friday , April 19 2024
Plus Florence + the Machine, Alabama Shakes, The Replacements, Buena Vista Social Club, Larry Coryell, Jorma Kaukonen, Simone Dinnerstein, and The Yardbirds.

I Shall Be Released: New Recordings and Tours from Rihanna, Kid Ink, Chris Brown, Shelby Lynne and More

Rihanna’s new video “FourFiveSeconds” features Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney (who seems to be turning up everywhere these days). Out March 2, the single is the first from Rihanna’s upcoming album.

Multi-platinum selling hip-hop artist Kid Ink just released his sophomore major label album, Full Speed. kid ink full speedThe first single, “Body Language,” featuring Usher and Tinashe, has been streamed over 17 million times.

Shelby Lynne will release her 13th full-length album I Can’t Imagine May 5 on Rounder Records. The haunting title track just debuted at

A little later, on June 2, Florence + the Machine will release How Big How Blue How Beautiful, the first new studio album from Florence Welch and company since 2011. Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) produced. Pre-order here.

A new collaborative album from Chris Brown and Tyga (RCA) comes out next week. Guest artists on Fan of a Fan include 50 Cent and, on the deluxe edition, T.I. Listen to the first single “Ayo” on Spotify here and pre-order here.

April 21 sees the release of Sound & Color, the new album from Alabama Shakes. Putting some innovative twists on their soulful blues-rock, the record follows up the band’s triple-Grammy-nominated debut. They begin a North American headline tour with sold-out concerts at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on March 11 and 12. Later in the year they’ll appear at festivals including Coachella and Bonnaroo, and they’ll headline Red Rocks on August 16.

The title of classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s new album Broadway-Lafayette (Sony Classical) might suggest show tunes, but New Yorkers will know that it refers to a busy Manhattan subway station. The album by the pianist known for her emotional interpretations of Bach and her collaborations with singer-songwriter Tift Merritt now offers music by Ravel and Lasser plus George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” recorded with conductor Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and produced by Grammy winner Adam Abeshouse.

The legendary Yardbirds, led in modern times by founding member and drummer Jim McCarty, will include original guitarist Top Topham on tour dates in the Northeast this spring. Back in the ’60s, when Top left, an obscure fellow named Eric Clapton took over guitar duties in the band that later also gave Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page their starts.

Lost and Found, a collection of previously unreleased tracks by Buena Vista Social Club, some recorded during the original self-titled debut album’s sessions in Havana, comes out March 24 on Nonesuch.

Jorma Kaukonen co-founded the Jefferson Airplane 50 years ago. He’ll be touring this year with Hot Tuna and has a new album out this week. Ain’t in No Hurry is collection of classic American songs, blues, rockers and Jorma originals. Relix premiered a track here.

The Replacements have announced their first full U.S. tour since 1991, playing clubs and theaters rather than the big festivals they hit when Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson first reunited in 2013.

Floraleda Sacchi and Maristella Patuzzi, Intimamente Tango, Astor Piazzolla
Floraleda Sacchi and Maristella Patuzzi

The nuevo tango classics of Astor Piazzolla arranged for harp and violin? That’s what harpist Floraleda Sacchi and violinist Maristella Patuzzi (playing a 1687 Stradivarius) offer on their new CD Intimamente Tango (Decca).

Jazz-rock pioneer Larry Coryell embarks on an unusual Northeast tour in April, including a six-night stand at the Blue Note in New York City in July. Coryell will be sharing the stage with four other veteran guitarists – Jimmy Bruno, Joe Cohn, Vic Juris, and Jack Wilkins – backed by bassist Jon Webber and drummer Steve Williams.

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