After collaborating with Youth Maine Rock Orchestra back in 2014, The Ballroom Thieves are going on tour with the Portland based student ensemble later this spring. The bluegrass trio and 25-piece string orchestra comprised of students ages 12-18 will be teaming up for an 8-date tour of the east coast in support of the band 2015 critically acclaimed debut album, A Wolf in the Doorway. The collaboration will also include an EP that will reportedly be released early 2016.
Having performed with the six-piece chamber group last year at Lincoln Center, José González and yMusic plan to collaborate once more on González's forthcoming tour.
Delicate Steve, created by New Jersey-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion, has announced a North American tour and the release of their first live album, 'Live in Las Vegas.' On March 3, Delicate Steve released 'Live in Las Vegas' as a “pay what you will” download from the group's Bandcamp page. Since the album has been released, the band will embark on an extensive North American tour, which is set to begin in Philadelphia.
British musician Kindness has added New Orlean’s rapper Pell to his 2015 North American tour.
Seems like Michael Bublé is on Santa’s nice list this holiday season. The soulful crooner is just finishing up his international To Be Loved concert tour with $106 million in tickets sales for 2014. Multi-Grammy-Award-winning Bublé is completing his 157th performance of his sold-out world tour this week in London as well as hosting his fourth annual Christmas special "Christmas in New York with Michael Bublé," which has been hailed as the best holiday special of the year. With his "Christmas" album selling more than 9.5 million copies worldwide, it seems Bublé has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas. In 2014, Bublé sold 992,637 tickets to his To Be Loved tour and performed 18 sold-out shows in just the U.K. alone. That is not counting the 31 in Europe, 12 in Canada and several sold-out shows throughout Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. It comes as no surprise that his "Christmas" CD has just been certified diamond in Canada, the first album to do so since Adele’s 21 album. In the U.S., the "Christmas" CD has remained in the top 10 for the last several weeks, was certified triple platinum and has sold more than 3.5 million copies since its release four years ago.
Stevie Wonder is set to hit the road again with his 1976 record Songs in the Key of Life. The tour includes an 11-date run at none other than large arenas from Manhattan to Seattle.
Scandinavian darling Alice Boman has released a fuzzy video for '”Be Mine” off of her new American release, EPII on Malmö-based label Adrian. EPII came with a bonus edition of her first EP, Skisser, off the Control Group this past June.
yMusic have announced plans to release their sophomore effort, 'Balance Problems,' via New Amsterdam Records--featuring compositions by Classicalite faves Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Timo Andres, as well as well as works by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, Chicago timbralist Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman and Jeremy Turner--on September 30.
THE RINGERS, a formation combined of Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, and Etienne Mbappe will join their different talents to create an exclusive tour.