Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Ani DiFranco, the Frames, Arlo Guthrie, the Swell Season, Bela Fleck, the Del McCoury Band and Solomon Burke lead the lineup for the 35th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festi

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Ani DiFranco, the Frames, Arlo Guthrie, the Swell Season, Bela Fleck, the Del McCoury Band and Solomon Burke lead the lineup for the 35th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, to be held June 19-22 in Telluride, Colo.

Also on the bill are the Sam Bush Band, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Paolo Nutini, the Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Uncle Earl, Tift Merritt, Edgar Meyer and the Jerry Douglas Band.

Telluride will be one of the only U.S. appearances by the Frames, whose frontman Glen Hansard, recently won the best song Oscar in tandem with Marketa Irglova. Those artists are also on the bill as the Swell Season.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Nonesuch has set an April 8 release date for composer Steve Reich's latest work, "Daniel Variations." The piece was inspired by Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.

"Daniel Variations," which premiered in the fall of 2006 at New York's Carnegie Hall, is a four-movement piece featuring Reich's signature blend of vibraphone, piano and string quartet. Also included on the CD is the new "Variations for Vibes, Pianos and Strings," which was written for the Akram Khan Dance Company.

"Daniel Variations" will be performed June 5 at the Ojai Festival in Ojai, Calif., with other performances to be announced.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







After a six-year break, German rock outfit the Notwist will return in late spring with "The Devil, You + Me." The project is due in late May internationally via City Slang and in early June in North America via Domino.

The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, described by the band as "a way out, 20+ headed classical orchestra that specializes in exciting and sometimes bizarre avant classic interpretations of modern jazz," guests on a handful of the new songs.

European dates get underway April 23 in Prague, but as of yet there are no North American shows scheduled. The new album follows 2002's acclaimed "Neon Golden."

Here is the track list for "The Devil, You + Me":

"Good Lies"
"Where in the World"
"Gloomy"
"Alphabet"
"The Devil, You & Me"
"Gravity"
"Sleep"
"On Planet Off"
"Boneless"
"Hands on Us"
"Gone Gone Gone"


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.