MusicNOW Fest (National, etc.) for Cincy


Performances by The National,
Owen Pallett, Shara Worden with ymusic, Sharon van Etten, Tim Hecker, Little
Scream, a new composition by Richard Reed Parry and Sounds of the South.


By Blurt Staff


MusicNOW, originally founded in
2006 by Bryce Dessner of The National, will celebrate its fifth birthday this
year in Cincinnati
on May 13-15. This year’s festival includes Shara Worden performing a song
cycle that was developed for Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series, a world
premiere composition from Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and a Cincinnati debut from the
astonishing Little Scream performing songs from her new release, The Golden



In addition, The National return
to their hometown for their first show since 2008 and Tim Hecker, whose release
“Ravedeath, 1972,” was named to Pitchfork’s Best New Music, will also appear.
Sharon van Etten has caused NPR’s Robin Hilton to say, “I can’t recall hearing anything more beautiful in all my
life.”  Owen Pallett brings his gorgeous, looped violin and vocals to play
songs that teeter between classical and pop traditions.  Rounding out this
year’s festival is Sounds of the South, a collaboration between rustic
avant-gardists Megafaun and nine-piece jazz collective Fight the Big Bull,
which revives the shape-note songs Alan Lomax collected in the rural south from


Tickets for all events will be on
sale March 15th  – full
details at


also a nice, detailed writeup about the event over at the Each Note Secure



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