January 18, 2011
Emerson Brown, NPR
GANG OF FOUR, WANDA JACKSON AND JOYCE DIDONATO
"FIRST LISTENS" AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC
Gang of Four: The legendary post-punk band returns with its first album of new material in 16 years. Though the group named the album Content because, they say, "every creative form has been reduced to just that: content," the aggressive and angular 12 tracks belie the blandness of the title. Hear the full album a week before its January 25 release at NPR Music: www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132869339/first-listen-gang-of-four-content
Wanda Jackson: With her new album, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer unsurprisingly announces that The Party Ain't Over. Jackson rips through 11 songs handpicked by producer Jack White to show that, in her seventh decade, she's still "The Queen of Rock." Join her party at NPR Music: www.npr.org/2011/01/16/132289971/first-listen-wanda-jackson-the-party-aint-over
Joyce DiDonato: On her new release, the 2010 Gramophone magazine "Artist of the Year" explores her inner Diva, Divo. The playful album finds DiDonato transforming her mezzo-soprano voice to sing 16 opera arias that tell the dramatic tales of male and female characters alike. Experience the full range of her repertoire at NPR Music: www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132908108/first-listen-joyce-didonato-diva-divo
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