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Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society

The format of musical structure that represented Esperanza Spalding’s 2010 release Chamber Music Society is one that is centuries old.  It’s a presentation of music that had birthed itself in classical realms within a very intimate environment.  Originally Spalding was looking to release that record as a double effort alongside a possibly more familiar sounding arrangement, made available for an additional audience, but success has left time as a premium and that project would wait to unveil itself, until now in the form of Radio Music Society.

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Esperanza Spalding: Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA 10/14/11

One of the most captivating musical characteristics of Esperanza Spalding is the way she uses her phenomenal voice as an instrument.  Her vocal presence appears to act as a guide at times for the pieces.  Communication is essential for musicians when performing together and when Spalding sings in a scat manner or just free-flowing, the sound seems to define what she is thinking right at the moment; something that can equally be translated from the other musicians onstage. 

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Tour Dates: Deer Tick’s Endless Tour

It’s already been quite the year for the members of Deer Tick, as the band was part of a free-wheeling tour with lead singer John McCauley’s side-project Middle Brother. Throw in

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Tour Dates: The Roots Picnic

In our continuing effort to keep you up to date on the summer festival season, we bring you news about The Roots Picnic. The one-day fest, hosted by The Roots,

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Pullin’ ‘Tubes: I Ain’t Gonna Work On Grammy’s Farm No More

Last night, the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences hosted its 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony, handing out trophies in 31 categories ranging from Song Of The Year to Best Hawaiian Music Album to Best Album Notes. While we generally don’t take much stock in who they had hand out awards to, there were a handful of noteworthy performances from last night’s telecast – Cee-Lo dressed like Elton John circa 1973 with The Muppets, Mick Jagger honoring the late Solomon Burke and John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban paying tribute to Dolly Parton with a cover of Jolene.

HT’s most anticipated performance of the night though was the impressive trifecta of Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. The two rising stars of the roots-Americana scene each got to show off just what makes them must see live acts, as Mumford & Sons tore through a raucous version of The Cave, while the Avetts delivered a powerful crescendo building take Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promises. The performance climaxed with both acts backing Dylan for a ramshackle, foot-stomping take on Maggie’s Farm, with Zimmy front and center…

We’d like to congratulate HT faves The Black Keys, Ray LaMontagne, Mavis Staples, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney and Them Crooked Vultures for taking home Grammys, as well as Arcade Fire, who were the big winners of the night, walking away with Album Of The Year honors.

READ ON for a full list of winners from last night’s ceremony…

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Esperanza Spalding: Chamber Music Society

Chamber Music Society, co-produced by Ms. Spalding and Gil Goldstein, embodies a sense of wholeness as the tracks have a flowing connective nature to them.  Deviating from a standard rhythm, Ms. Spalding twines multiple time signatures together on “Really Very Small” which features her free floating vocals and a reoccurring bass line complemented with a tangential piano riff.  

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AfterNews: Esperanza Spalding/’Roo on Fuse

Esperanza Spalding, an incredible 23-year-old bass player with a voice that sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before, will be the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening on

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