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  • Nas' long-awaited album 'Nasir' previewed at star-studded listening party; early reviews are mixed

    Nas' long-awaited album 'Nasir' previewed at star-studded listening party; early reviews are mixed

    The six-year wait is over for Nas fans. On June 15, Nas (whose real name is Nasir Jones) and Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings released his 11th studio album, Nasir (his first new studio album since 2012's Life Is Good), and he celebrated on June 14 by throwing a star-packed listening party underneath...
  • DNCE return with surprise drop of new EP 'People to People'

    DNCE return with surprise drop of new EP 'People to People'

    DNCE surprised fans on June 15 with a brand-new EP titled People to People. While the album's official release was a surprise, the band did tease the new songs on their Instagram account in the two days leading up to its release. They also released a couple of little videos with the band talking...
  • The ‘Get Out ’soundtrack is getting a special physical release on vinyl

    The ‘Get Out ’soundtrack is getting a special physical release on vinyl

    Jordan Peele’s cinematic thriller “Get Out” was all the rage amongst film fans and critics following its release in the winter of 2017. The film featured Allison Williams of “Girls,” and Bradley Whitford from “The West Wing,” in addition to introducing American audiences to British actor Daniel...
  • 'Queen City Jubilee' by The Slocan Ramblers: impressive bluegrass

    'Queen City Jubilee' by The Slocan Ramblers: impressive bluegrass

    Toronto may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of bluegrass music. On the new album Queen City Jubilee, The Slocan Ramblers show that great bluegrass isn't restricted to just Appalachia. If you're one of those people who doesn't listen to bluegrass because you have some...
  • Stomp along with Stone Stanley's 'The Mudstomp Tapes'

    Stomp along with Stone Stanley's 'The Mudstomp Tapes'

    You have to admire the artists that don't fit neatly into one narrow genre. On The Mudstomp Tapes, Stone Stanley displays a lot of influences without allowing himself to be categorized easily. It doesn't take long to hear the blues influence in Stone Stanley's music. In the lead track "Bitter End...
  • Blue Yonder recalls Gram Parsons on 'Rough and Ready Heart'

    Blue Yonder recalls Gram Parsons on 'Rough and Ready Heart'

    When you listen to some bands, you realize just how indistinct the line is between country and bluegrass - even if that band doesn't feature a banjo. On the new album Rough and Ready Heart, Blue Yonder plays country music that is steeped in bluegrass tradition.  Sometimes you just have to be still...
  • CoCo O'Connor tells great stories on 'This Ol' War'

    CoCo O'Connor tells great stories on 'This Ol' War'

    According to CoCo O'Connor, she was too rebellious for Nashville in her previous time in the city. After some time in Santa Fe, she has moved back to Nashville and recorded This Ol' War, which shows that she doesn't want to record the pop-country Nashville manufactures en masse. It doesn't take long...
  • 'Butter' by Karen Jonas is one smooth Americana album

    'Butter' by Karen Jonas is one smooth Americana album

    Americana is a broad category of music that ranges from country to jazz. On the new album Butter, Karen Jonas proves that she can work just as easily in both country and jazz.  One of the charming things about Jonas is that she covers a fair amount of musical ground. "My Sweet Arsonist" is a country...
  • Say 'Yeah!!' to Water Seed's new live album

    Say 'Yeah!!' to Water Seed's new live album

    Soul music is always good for making the listener feel better, but it can be hard to find since the only outlets that play soul music are oldies station. On the new album Say Yeah!! Live at The Blue Nile, Water Seed shows that good soul music is worth seeking. One of the things that is immediately...
  • Hungry March Band releases funky 'Running through with the Sadness'

    Hungry March Band releases funky 'Running through with the Sadness'

    With some bands there is really not point in trying to fit them into a neat little category. On the new album Running through with the Sadness, Hungry March Band shows that it is one of those bands that doesn't fit neatly into any one category. The album begins with "Ghost Puppy," which is a good...
  • No State Solution will be available on May 25

    Free Radicals release 'No State Solution' collection

    Free Radicals is a band that describes itself as a horn-driven dance band. In that regard, it is like a brass band. However, there is so much more to this band than just the sound you'd expect from a brass band. The band has been around for 20 years and is celebrating the occasion by releasing No...
  • Umphrey’s McGee surprise fans with unannounced release of ‘it’s you’

    Umphrey’s McGee surprise fans with unannounced release of ‘it’s you’

    Umphrey’s McGee have had a busy 2018 so far, mainly focused around the release of their 20th anniversary album, It’s Not Us back in January. On Friday, the popular prog-rock jam band gave their fans quite the surprise to start the weekend, as they released a brand new 10-track album titled it’s you...
  • Listen: Playboi Carti drops surprise new album 'Die Lit'

    Listen: Playboi Carti drops surprise new album 'Die Lit'

    In today's world of digital music, it has become easier for artists to surprise their fans with new songs or even surprise albums when no one expects it. When Beyonce proved that she could hit number one on the charts by dropping an album no one knew was coming and then announcing it after the fact...
  • Shirley Davis and The Silverbacks deliver a perfect soul album 'Wishes and Wants'

    Shirley Davis and The Silverbacks deliver a perfect soul album 'Wishes and Wants'

    There's nothing like a good soul album to get you moving and boost your spirits. On the new album Wishes and Wants Shirley Davis and The Silverbacks do plenty of each. The album begins with the title track, which will get you moving from the very first notes. Between the bass line, the horns, and...
  • 'Blue Mesa' by Luke Winslow-King: modern, yet classic blues

    'Blue Mesa' by Luke Winslow-King: modern, yet classic blues

    Blues has been around for a long time. While it may not be as popular at it once was, good blues records are still being made. Luke Winslow-King proves that with his new album Blue Mesa. Lots of songs have been written with various adjectives to describe women. Winslow-King has a song called...
  • Pre-orders now available for upcoming BTS album 'Love Yourself: Tear'

    Pre-orders now available for upcoming BTS album 'Love Yourself: Tear'

    It continues to be a big year for BTS. Alongside the announcement of their upcoming BTS WORLD TOUR 'LOVE YOURSELF,' the band will also be releasing their second album of the year. The Korean boy band announced on Twitter that the new full-length album, Love Yourself: Tear, will release May 18. Pre...
  • Leftover Salmon is still going strong on 'Something Higher'

    Leftover Salmon is still going strong on 'Something Higher'

    Any band who has been making music for close to 30 years must be doing something right. Leftover Salmon is one of those bands and on the new album Something Higher, it shows that it is as good now as it ever was - even after almost 30 years. "Show Me Something Higher" is a tune that is sure to grab...
  • Bishop Gunn brings the Muscle Shoals sound to 'Natchez'

    Bishop Gunn brings the Muscle Shoals sound to 'Natchez'

    Muscle Shoals Sound Studio has been the host to a lot of great musicians including The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bishop Gunn may not be at that level yet, but with the new album Natchez, it shows the magic of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is still alive and well. It's kind of refreshing...
  • Don Gallardo explores Americana music on 'Still Here'

    Don Gallardo explores Americana music on 'Still Here'

    Americana is a pretty broad term when it comes to music. While it may not be the most descriptive term, sometimes it is the best one for an artist or album because the music encompasses so many varieties of American music. Still Here by Don Gallardo is an album that is true Americana because it is...
  • Joshua Hedley delivers honky-tonk hits on 'Mr. Jukebox'

    Joshua Hedley delivers honky-tonk hits on 'Mr. Jukebox'

    When you listen to old honky-tonk artists like Webb Pierce and Buck Owens, you realize how good they were at getting you to sing along even if you're only hearing a song for the first time. On the new album Mr. Jukebox, Joshua Hedley shows that he is pretty adept not only at the honky-tonk sound...
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