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Rolling Stone 4-Star Review And Pitchfork Best New Track For Esperanza Spalding’s “Category-Busting”

Rolling Stone 4-Star Review And Pitchfork Best New Track For Esperanza Spalding's "Category-Busting" New Album 'Emily's D+Evolution' (Out Tomorrow Via Concord)

THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT PERFORMANCE NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9; NPR FIRST LISTEN LIVE TONIGHT AT 8PM
TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK, INCLUDES APRIL 14 APOLLO SHOW

Tomorrow, Esperanza Spalding releases 'Emily's D+Evolution' (March 4/Concord), a daring tapestry of music, vibrant imagery, and performance art from the 4-time GRAMMY winner. It has already won raves, including a 4-star Rolling Stone album review and a Best New Track designation from Pitchfork for "Earth To Heaven." Tonight Esperanza will present the new album in a "First Listen Live" concert webstream hosted by WFUV and NPR Music. Viewers will be able to watch a live webstream of the performance on NPR.org/music and wfuv.org starting at 8PM ET. The event will take place at the BRIC House Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY. Next Wednesday (March 9th) she will perform "Good Lava" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Listen to "Earth To Heaven," which was named a Best New Track by Pitchfork, on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4HzG28GMNrSKK9Cap321Za

Watch the video for "Good Lava" here: https://youtu.be/UDrEHphZbcE

Watch the strobe-happy, psychedelic video for "One" at Complex: http://www.complex.com/music/2016/02/esperanza-spalding-new-video-premiere-one

Esperanza Spalding will tour extensively in support of 'Emily's D+Evolution' including a headlining hometown show at NYC's historic Apollo Theater on April 14. Full dates below.

PRAISE FOR ESPERANZA SPALDING & 'EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION':

"She conjures the Seventies tag team of Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorius in one person. There are modern echoes too: St. Vincent, Solange Knowles, Radiohead. But Spalding is an original." - Rolling Stone, 4 stars

 

"Whimsy gets weaponized...a sustained burst of funk enlightenment that rings with echoes of childhood." - The New York Times

 

"An artistic statement album with a capital "A"...her most fascinating record yet." -- Los Angeles Times

 

"'Emily's D+Evolution' propels her music in a whole new direction...she's transformed her mellifluous signature into something raucous and occasionally discordant. Emily, it turns out, is a classic-rock star." - Vogue

 

"A wonderfully chaotic album that fits in line with her genre's current crossover moment while also feeling exceptionally grounded in '70s jazz-rock, prog, and funk." - Pitchfork

 

"A sharp departure from Spalding's previous self-presentation. There's more psychedelic rock, distortion, and experimentation...like her other work, it's glued together by her effortless charisma and virtuoso musicianship." - VICE Noisey

 

"The self-produced album is true to Spalding's freewheeling spirit, blending neo-soul influences with fierce funk-guitar licks and expansive jazz rhythms, while filtering the songs through 'a theatrical lens' that she says will take the experience to a whole other level when performed live." - Nylon

 

"Heady funk, tongue-twisting soul, sparsely arranged confessional...Spalding is discovering where her creative impulse can take her in real time." - Boston Globe

TRACK LIST:

1. Good Lava

2. Unconditional Love

3. Judas

4. Earth To Heaven

5. One

6. Rest In Pleasure

7. Ebony and Ivy

8. Noble Nobles

9. Farewell Dolly

10. Elevate or Operate

11. Funk The Fear

12. I Want It Now

TOUR DATES:

3/10 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox

3/11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

3/12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre

3/13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine

3/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theatre

3/16 - San Diego, CA - Music Box

4/9 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre

4/10 - Greenvale, NY - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

4/12 - Boston, MA - Shubert Theater

4/14 - New York, NY - Apollo Theater

4/16 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre

4/17 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall

4/19 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

4/20 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre

4/22 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage

4/23 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theatre

4/24 - Miami, FL - Knight Center

 

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

D2C: http://smarturl.it/EmilysDevD2C

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EmilysDev

Amazon CD: http://smarturl.it/EmilysDevCD

Amazon CD (Deluxe): http://smarturl.it/EmilysDevDeluxeCD

Website: http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/#emily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EsperanzaSpalding

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EspeSpalding

Instagram: https://instagram.com/esperanzaspalding/

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