Western Stars

“The 13 tracks of Western Stars encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope,” reads the press release Springsteen’s first album of new, original songs since 2012’s Wrecking Ball. “[The] record is influenced by Southern California pop music of the Seventies” he told Variety in December.

We Get By – Mavis Staples

“These songs are delivering such a strong message,” Staples said in a statement. “We truly need to make a change if we want this world to be better.”

We Get By  written and produced by Ben Harper, features the photograph “Outside Looking In” by Gordon Parks from his 1956 photo essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden.

Victory Lap – Nipsey Hussle

RIP Nipsey Hussle, August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019 #artivist

“We look at life like it’s about what you can get from life. I read something, and I was like, that’s not what it is, you’re always be unfulfilled if you look at life like that. It’s about about knowing you’re going to leave one day,” Hussle said in an interview with Nessa from Hot 97.

Lux Prima – Karen O and Danger Mouse

“After making music for the past twenty years and embarking on making this record with Danger Mouse I knew a couple things,” Karen O said in a statement. “One was that the spirit of collaboration between us was going to be going to be a pure one, and two was that the more I live the less is clear to me.

Goes West – William Tyler

“William Tyler is drawn to instrumental music that takes inspiration from distinct historical events, he once explained, ‘like Hiroshima or the crucifixion of Jesus.’ Goes West feels less conceptually united than any of his work—more inspired by the contemplation of history than history itself—but this searching quality adds to its honest, meditative power.

The Crossing – Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio

Alejandro Escovedo, the son of Mexican immigrants, and Antonio Gramentieri spin a new human story about the old American dream for “The Crossing,” a concept album released in September by Hillsborough-based label, Yep Roc Records. Gramentieri joins him on the album, and the tour, under the name Don Antonio. The tour stops at the Cat’s Cradle Jan.

The Pains of Growing – Alessia Cara

“Every day I get messages. It’s such a beautifully jarring thing to just make a song because you feel something, and then have real-life people, one on one, tell you that it’s changed their life to the point that they love themselves in a new way, or to the point that they were able to come out to their family.

Thanks Be

Happy Holidays — yes they are upon us! Thanksgiving is my favorite — friends, framily, no pressure but to gather and celebrate one another, unless of course you are the one with the bird…my best wishes to you.

If I’m being honest, holidays, even my favorite ones, are hard. They come with strings attached, ghosts of seasons passed: the missing, the lack, the not enough, the no longer.

Go O.F.F.

We first heard Mama Sol at Women’s March Conference in Detroit last fall and we can’t stop listening to her. Mama Sol embodies what it means to be a true artivist. She is a teacher, mother, humanitarian, lyricist, survivor. We’re going back to 2016 for this week’s record, cause we need some truth to get us through Election Day.

East Nashville Get Out The Vote

“There’s a great Rodney Crowell song called ‘Ignorance Is the Enemy,’ and I find that to be true,” Worsham tells Rolling Stone Country. “I believe that ignorance and apathy are the greatest threats to American democracy today. Voting is the perfect antidote. If you inform yourself and cast your vote, you are fighting ignorance and apathy.

I’m a Dream – Seinabo Sey

Seinabo Sey, the daughter of Gambian musician Maudo Sey, lost her father in 2013. She dedicated a 2015 EP to him, and I’m a Dream includes “Never Get Used To,” a song about how grief hollows out everything around the mourner, from inside out. “I sing because you told me to, and then I stop because it sounds just like you,” she sings, and you really do hear their shared cadences.