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Providence Canyon - Brent Cobb

Providence Canyon - Brent Cobb

May 14, 2018

For a day at the local swimming hole or a nice Sunday drive to see grandma, we suggest Brent Cobb's brand new Providence Canyon. "A fitting title, as Cobb's new album explores themes of geography, with track titles including 'King of Alabama' and 'High in the Country;' other songs, such as 'Come Home Soon,' are meditations on the way in which returning to a familiar landscape can restore a sense of self." writes Carena Liptak in The Boot.

Cobb says: "I write a lot about home, but being [home] in this album is also about being in the protective care of God or nature."

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Good Thing - Leon Bridges

Good Thing - Leon Bridges

May 14, 2018

Leon Bridges makes a "good thing out of bad news" on his new record, which is light on politics, but as Esquire notes: "It’s not that Bridges doesn’t have his opinions—we’re living in a time of 'bad leadership' he says, succinctly, before remarking that we’re also in a time of oversharing when it comes to our vitriolic stances—but it didn’t feel right here. 'What do people want me to do? Write F-Trump songs? That’s not effective,' he says before cautioning, 'The time will come and whenever I put that energy into a song, it’s because that’s right thing to do. It will be because I’m passionate about it.'" And that's a GOOD THING. Read the Esquire interview and go behind the scenes with Leon Bridges.

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Boarding House Reach - Jack White

Boarding House Reach - Jack White

March 24, 2018

So how does one represent in 2018 as both rock hero and cross-cultural ally? [...] Jack White seems to be wrestling with the question on Boarding House Reach – a messy, sprawling, daffy, howling set that sounds spiritually hungry, collectively driven and, instructively, a little bit lost. It's his strangest record, but per usual, it shows his continued devotion to rock's dark arts: the tangled cultural roots, "mistake"-enhanced recording traditions, self-righteous fury and fetchingly-deranged megalomania. - Will Hermes, Rolling Stone

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Cocoa Sugar – Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar – Young Fathers

March 17, 2018

Since the release of their second album in 2015, the world has changed: Brexit, Trump, the rise of Black Lives Matter, identity politics. With movements such as #Grime4Corbyn, and increasingly “woke” pop stars, there has been a sharp increase in musicians speaking out about political matters. Although they don’t consider themselves a political band, Young Fathers have always been outspoken about issues close to them.

What a Time to Be Alive – Superchunk

What a Time to Be Alive – Superchunk

March 17, 2018

“Music isn’t necessarily going to change what’s happening in the world, but it does make a difference in people’s lives. It gives me a sense of purpose and somewhere to put stuff that’s happening in my head.” – Mac McCaughan of Superchunk. Read the full NY Times article here.

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Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

Tune-Yards – I can feel you creep into my private life

March 17, 2018

 “People assume it’s some kind of privacy, Google thing, but it actually came through a meditation course that I did related to race and white privilege, trying to sit with the deep feelings of what it means to grow up in racism. These aren’t things I can just sign petitions about or go to marches about – actually, there’s a place that it lives inside of me.

BriteHeart Holidaze

BriteHeart Holidaze

March 17, 2018
It’s the end of a long hard year. What better way to celebrate than with music. Here are some holiday jams curated by our own DJ IngieBirdie and KT. Peace and love, we’ll see you in 2018.
Will Hoge – Thoughts & Prayers

Will Hoge – Thoughts & Prayers

March 17, 2018

“I’d been becoming increasingly annoyed by the statement of ‘thoughts and prayers’ for some time,” the singer [Will Hoge] tells Rolling Stone

. “From my own experience, I know that phrase can be a kind and thoughtful way to express sympathy when there is no other way to help, but after these shootings, using that stock response from these cowards on Capitol Hill is incredibly insulting.

Willow – The 1st

Willow – The 1st

March 17, 2018

We love both the simple honesty and musical complexity of this album and this statement:

“When I start to feel constricted or less free, my comfort with the outcome of my honesty is not there. It’s not an external thing. Every time I feel constricted in any way, I’m like ‘OK, is there something that I want to do or something that I want to say that I haven’t done or said because I’m afraid?’ If that’s the case, I try my hardest to do or say what I need to do or say.

Kate Tucker – In Your Arms

Kate Tucker – In Your Arms

March 17, 2018

Nashville-based songwriter singer Kate Tucker is set to release a slate of singles, videos and VR experiences leading up to a winter 2018 debut of her full length LP, Practical Sadness, written and recorded by Tucker in the year following her mother’s unexpected death.

While Tucker considers her new album “more of an antidote to sadness, rather than an expression of it,” the first single “In Your Arms,” out November 17, begins with a heavy guitar riff that would belie such a statement if not for the shimmering relief that the chorus brings. 

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Canzoniere

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Canzoniere

March 17, 2018

Salento, on the boot heel of southern Italy in Puglia, is the home of pizzica, a Southern Italian folk dance that is part of the larger family of tarantellas: hurtling six-beat rhythms and songs that were used in ancient, ecstatic healing rituals to cure the bite of the tarantula.

“Times have changed, but we believe that this power can still be alive,” said Mauro Durante, the violinist and drummer who has led Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino since 2007.

Margo Price – All American Made

Margo Price – All American Made

March 17, 2018

Margo Price has been one of few stars [in country music] to speak up about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“I know people don’t want to lose standing,” says Price. “And a lot of people think that music is not a place for politics.

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

Robert Plant – Carry Fire

March 17, 2018

Certain tracks on Carry Fire allude to politics and history. “Bones of Saints” references an impending war; “New World …” recounts the European invasion of the Americas; “Carving Up the World Again … A Wall and Not a Fence” is informed by Brexit and Trumpism. In Plant’s delivery, these dire events, and his resistance to their criminality, take on the inevitability of twigs floating down a river or a bird taking flight; they fit in with the songs of love and departure without a hitch.