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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)

March 3, 2016

New York, NY – (March 3, 2016) – 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 and 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:

Watch the video for “Good Lava” here:

Watch the strobe-happy, psychedelic video for “One” at Complex:

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.


“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


  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


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





Amazon CD:
Amazon CD (Deluxe):