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photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)

The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:

SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.

Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.

There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).

These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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Grammy-nominated contemporary composer Max Richter will be touring this spring, revisiting Memoryhouse, The Blue Notebooks, Songs From Before and Infra, as well as his acclaimed Vivaldi Recomposed album and soundtrack for the depressing (but good) HBO TV series The Leftovers. The tour brings him to NYC for the previously-mentioned show at Le Poisson Rouge on March 26 (now sold out), and the more recently added show on March 25 at the same venue (tickets). The 3/25 LPR show features music from The Leftovers and The Blue Notebooks, and the 3/26 LPR show features a selection from Memoryhouse and Songs from Before. Both shows are presented by Wordless Music.

All dates, which includes appearances at the Big Ears Fest, are listed below...

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The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.

They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup below...

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This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.

UPDATE: Full list of nominations (except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.

UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.

The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.

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Big Ears

Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.

The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.

(photo via @gmsharptteeth)

Tickets for the Sleater-Kinney reunion show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the second Future Islands, Operators and Wing Dam show at Terminal 5 are on AmEx and Fan Club presale now. Night 1 is sold out.

Tickets for the Ariel Pink show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets for the Fishbone show at Gramercy Theatre go on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale today at 10 AM.

Dropkick Murphys are returning to the NYC-area around St. Patrick's Day for two shows at Long Island's Paramount (Mar. 3 & 4) and three shows at Irving Plaza (Mar. 8, 9 & 10). Tickets for those shows go on venue presale for the Paramount shows and Live Nation/Music Geeks (password: musicgeeks) presales for the Irving shows today at 10 AM. General on-sale starts Friday (10/24) at 10 AM.

Counting Crows are playing a free and very intimate show at The Bowery Electric on Thursday (10/23) with Filligar, Mean Creek, Hallelujah the Hills, Lily & the Parlour Tricks and more. RSVP for free admission.

Tickets for the Hundred Waters show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Matmos show at Issue Project Room are on sale now.

Max Richter is playing Bowery Ballroom on December 7 and Le Poisson Rouge on March 26 with a string quintet. Tickets for the Bowery show go on sale today at noon, and tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. UPDATE: The LPR show was initially listed for St. Ann's Church on 3/20, but appears to have been moved to LPR on 3/26.

Cold War Kids and Elliot Moss have a small sold-out Rough Trade show on Wednesday (10/22), and they've now added a much larger show together happening March 20 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (10/24) at noon.

Dark Blue are playing a free 2 PM show on Sunday (10/26) at Rough Trade. Because Strand of Oaks are on tour, for this show Sean McGuinness from Pissed Jeans/Rat Fist will be playing drums.

Tickets for the official BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase with The Jazz June, Pity Sex, Beach Slang, Cayetana and Sport happening at Baby's All Right are on sale now.

BrooklynVegan is also co-presenting the Iron Pier CMJ showcase with Self Defense Family, Walter Schreifels & the Dead Heavens and Deep Pockets, and tickets for that one are on sale now too.

There are also free BrooklynVegan day parties at Baby's All Right on Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 PM.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its list of movie scores that are eligible for nomination at the 86th Oscars. Among the 114 are Arcade Fire's score for Spike Jonze's upcoming film Her and M83's score for sci-fli flick Oblivion. Other potential nominees include Faith No More frontman Mike Patton's score for A Place Beyond the Pines, DeVotchKa's Nick Urata for Arthur Newman and Max Richter's score for Wadjda. Most of the eligible scores are by usual suspects like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Hanz Zimmer, and good ole Randy Newman.

Nominees for the 86th Oscars will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 AM PST. The Academy Awards happen on March 2. The full "longlist" of eligible scores is below (via Deadline).

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Max Richter

Max Richter released his new album, Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, this past August and it's been getting a lot of praise in the modern classical world. As the title states, it's a re-imagining of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and you can check it out below via a Spotify widget.

Max will be performing the album with Daniel Hope (violin) and the Wordless Music Orchestra and an ensemble (UPDATE: Wordless Music is not taking part in this show) in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on December 19 and 20. Tickets for both nights are on sale now.

Max has also been in the studio working on the score for Ari Folman's new film, The Congress, which stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Paul Giamatti and is due out in 2013. You can check out a video of Max working on that score in-studio below.

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Vashti Bunyan

Legendary UK folkie Vasthi Bunyan will be appearing at 92YTribeca in NYC for a live performance on Friday, October 16th, and with director Kieran Evans for two screenings of the documantary Vashti Bunyan: From Here To Before on October 16th and 17th. Tickets for the concert, film and both are on sale now.

From Here To Before is a feature length documentary that chronicles the story behind the writing of a classic 'lost' album and the re-emergence of its critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Vashti Bunyan. Filmed and directed by Kieran Evans, this beautifully shot and wonderfully evocative film is a lyrical, modern day road movie that retraces Vashti's extraordinary journey from London to the island of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides of northern Scotland and sets it against the backdrop of her first high profile London concert.
Andrew Loog Oldham, Joe Boyd, Robert Kirby, Devendra Banhart, Max Richter and Adem Ilhan all appear in the film which premiered in London in October 2008.

Vashti videos (there doesn't seem to be a trailer...) and more info on the film, below...

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Max Richter w/ Bing and Ruth @ (le) poisson rouge - July 31, 2008 (relaxing)
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The 20-something owners of Le Poisson Rouge, David Handler and Justin Kantor, are working classical musicians who want to connect classical music to pop and jazz and in so doing revive a bygone intellectual cafe culture of Greenwich Village. "In recent years the Bleecker Street experience has been completely different from what it was known for back when, and in some ways we're going to try to redeem it," Mr. Kantor said.

The room, whose stage and seating can be reconfigured to allow from 250 to 650 people, was extensively redesigned from its days as the Village Gate, which closed in 1993. Various measures have been taken to keep the sonic atmosphere pristine, from a sound system by the architect and designer John Storyk, who worked on Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, to having bartenders pre-fill glasses with ice and stir -- not shake -- mixed drinks. Recent programming has paired the classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein with the singer-songwriter Essie Jain, and Jonathan Kane of the 1980s noise band Swans with the new-music pianist Kathleen Supové.

The goal, Mr. Handler said, is to create a nightclub whose ambience makes it more than a nightclub.

"This is an arts institution," he said, "thinly veiled as nightlife."
[NY Times]

Sam Sparro plays the arts institution in September. Lou Reed and John Zorn will be there in September too. Lykke Li is in August.

inside (Le) Poisson Rouge (photo by Sam Horine via Gohamist)
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Tickets are on sale for Lykke Li and other upcoming shows at (le) Poisson Rouge.

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Max RichterThis is just a reminder that Beirut & Grizzly Bear are not the only Wordless Music series shows coming up. In fact, Do Make Say Think play their show in the church-like New York Society For Ethical Culture TONIGHT (Sept 14). There's also Mum, Johnny Greenwood, AND the U.S. debut of Max Richter...

Wordless Music is honored to host British composer and Fat Cat recording artist Max Richter for his first-ever U.S. concert appearance. On Wednesday, November 28, Max will perform selections from his albums Songs from Before, The Blue Notebooks, and Memoryhouse in the 300-capacity Good-Shepherd Faith Church alongside a full chamber ensemble and accompanying video projections. Also appearing will be the Minneapolis ambient/electronic composer and Ghostly International recording artist Cepia, as well as New York City pianist Assaff Weisman, who will perform solo piano music by Joseph Haydn and Olivier Messiaen.
All shows and details at the Wordless site.