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New Releases June 8, 2019

New Releases out now include:

The music world lost a true original this week with the passing of the great Dr. John

Dr. John LIVE in Tokyo
First time on CD Live concert recording from 1992 in Tokyo from Mac Rebennack aka Dr. John. His accompanying band at that time was The New Island Social Club Band, featuring Hugh McCracken. The Doctor pays homage to New Orleans classics as well as the great Ray Charles. The Doctor is even recorded playing guitar on Let The Good Times Roll. Let’s Gumbo, The Doctor’s in the house!



Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder Revue the 1975 LIVE Recordings
A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded. The collection also provides the listener with an intimate insider’s seat for recently unearthed rehearsals at New York’s S.I.R. studios and the Seacrest Mote in Falmouth, MA plus a bonus disc showcasing one-of-a-kind performances from the tour.

FEATURES:

  • 14-disc set
  • over 100 previously unreleased tracks
  • five complete shows, newly mixed
  • three discs of rehearsals
  • bonus disc of rarities

Disc Performance Dates:

DISC 1: S.I.R. Rehearsals, New York, NY – October 19, 1975
DISC 2: S.I.R. Rehearsals, New York, NY – October 21, 1975
DISC 3: Seacrest Motel Rehearsals, Falmouth, MA – October 29, 1975
DISC 4-5: Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA – November 19, 1975
DISC 6-7: Harvard Square Theater, Cambridge, MA – November 20, 1975
DISC 8-9: Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA – November 21, 1975 (afternoon)
DISC 10-11: Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA – November 21, 1975 (evening)
DISC 12-13: Forum de Montreal, Quebec, Canada – December 4, 1975
DISC 14: Rare Performances



PAVAROTTI
Original motion picture soundtrack. From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, Pavarotti is a riveting film that lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of The Voice… The Man… The Legend. Luciano Pavarotti gave his life to the music and a voice to the world. This cinematic event features history-making performances and intimate interviews, including never-before-seen footage and cutting-edge Dolby Atmos technology.



Santana: Africa Speaks
Africa Speaks is the 2019 energy-infused, full-length album from Santana. It features the soulful vocals of Afro-Latin singer Buika and was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin. Santana and his eight-piece band (featuring his wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums), convened at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, and in a joyous and stimulating 10-day period they recorded an astonishing number of tracks, many of them in one take. Inspired by the melodies, sounds and rhythms of Africa, Santana has created a truly memorable and powerful experience that also promises to be one of his most groundbreaking albums yet.



Rickie Lee Jones: Kicks
Kicks is an eclectic album of ten cover songs – from “Mack The Knife” written in 1928 for a German musical (known in the U.S. as The Threepenny Opera) that became a jazz standard, to “Bad Company” the eponymous theme song for the British rock band written in 1974. The arrangement and instrumentation, by producer Michael Napolitano (Ani DiFranco), provides a fresh and modern sonic infusion on every song. Rickie Lee Jones skyrocketed to fame in 1979 when as a barely known artist she appeared on Saturday Night Live. Performing her biggest hit ‘Chuck E’s In Love’ in her trademark red beret, Time Magazine instantly dubbed her the Duchess of Coolsville. Since then she has gone on to win two Grammy Awards, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and included in VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.



Neil Young: Tuscaloosa
Live archive release from the rock icon. Tuscaloosa includes highlights from his February 5, 1973 concert at the University Of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with The Stray Gators. The Stray Gators – the band on Neil’s classic album Harvest – consisted of Ben Keith on pedal steel and vocals, Jack Nitzsche on keyboards, Tim Drummond on bass and drummer Kenny Buttrey. Tuscaloosa follows the archival live albums Songs for Judy and Roxy: Tonight’s the Night, both released last year, and the “lost” studio record Hitchhiker, released in 2017.



Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins
Happiness Begins is the fifth studio album by the Jonas Brothers and their first studio album since 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times. In writing and recording for the album, the brothers said that they wanted a “new and improved sound” with “feel-good tracks”, so their A&R at Republic Records, Wendy Goldstein, got in contact with Ryan Tedder, Frank Black, Max Martin, Juliana Hatfield, Mike Ness, Shawn Mendes, Scooter Ward, Dimitri Coats, Jade Bird, Amanda Marshall, Rivers Cuomo, and Hope Sandoval to help compose and produce songs for them.



Kenny Wayne Shepherd: The Traveler
The Traveler, an album of experience and profound resonance by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band. Recorded in Los Angeles, while the band was on a break from their uncompromising tour schedule that left them road-tested and ready to rock, The Traveler showcases some world-class musicians: vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton (formerly of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble), bassist Kevin McCormick, and keyboardists Jimmy McGorman and Joe Krown. The album features ten songs including eight new originals co-written by KWS and some of Nashville’s most in-demand songwriters, plus incendiary covers of Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.”



Silversun Pickups: Widow’s Weeds
New release from the alt-rock band. Widow’s Weeds, produced by Butch Vig, is the fifth studio album from Silversun Pickups. For their first studio album since 2015, these L.A. alt-rockers teamed with Vig to create a lean, driving sound that’s still steeped in sweeping drama and stark dynamic shifts. The lead single “It Doesn’t Matter Why” joins “Neon Wound,” “Don’t Know Yet,” “Bag of Bones,” “Straw Man,” the title track and more.


Upcoming LIVE music at LRS:

Nate Lopez Saturday June 8 2pm-ish
Nate has been playing professionally for many years and at many venues including: 30/90 NOLA, Kimos – Maui, LBC – Santa Rosa CA, Earthfest L.A., NAMM main stage, The Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, Laguna Beach Jazz and Art Festival, Marriott Hotel in Napa, The Hilton in Union Square S.F., Ghirardelli Square – S.F., Reno Jazz festival, and countless Wineries.He has also been a featured artist on radio stations KRCB, KRSH, KBBF, KVYN and KGGV

“You will note this 8-string guitarist uses every aspect of the guitar to play bass, rhythm and lead, making him a one man band.” – Positively Petaluma
“To Say Nate Lopez just plays guitar is an understatement.” Curtis Kim, KSRO radio
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Saffell Saturday June 29 2pm-ish
Saffell is a sultry, funky, singer songwriter from Northern California. Saffell uses live looping, layering percussion, bass, vocal harmonies and more to create a rich, full sound. What’s unique about Saffell is that he rocks the keys not the guitar.

New Releases Out Now

New Releases out now include:


Mac DeMarco: Here Comes The Cowboy
Mac DeMarco returns with his album, Here Comes the Cowboy, the first album to be released on his new independent label, Mac’s Record Label. The album features lead single “Nobody.”
Check out the recent story on Mac DeMarco from The Press Democrat, written by our own Estefany Gonzalez yes



Rammstein
Good article in The New Yorker


 


Esperanza Spalding: 12 Little Spells
12 Little Spells finds Spalding conjuring in the medium of musical creation, through an exploration of the body, human energy and healing. Esperanza released one new spell per day on her website and social platforms as well as a “Liner Notes Live” hosted on Facebook all resulting in over 3.1 million views. The spells come in the form of new music, which was crafted by Spalding at a castle in Italy last month, and then recorded in sessions completed in Brooklyn. Each spell will be presented with song-specific imagery and video spells.



Christone Ingram: Kingfish
20 year-old blues firebrand comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, with a sensational debut packed with piercing guitar, husky, impassioned singing and potent songwriting. Kingfish reinvigorates the blues with Ingram’s infectious, youthful fire. Ingram recently opened for his mentor, Buddy Guy at The LBC, and Buddy makes a cameo on “Fresh Out,” four-time Grammy winner Keb Mo is featured on a track and plays on five more, and Chicago blues harp master Billy Branch appears on one.



The National: I Am Easy To Find
I Am Easy To Find is The National’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. Oscar nominated Mike Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other” – they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically side staged in favor of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.



The Head and the Heart: Living Mirage
Early last year, The Head and the Heart came together in the Mojave Desert’s Joshua Tree where they decided to shed old skin before writing their fourth album, Living Mirage, a sweeping, artful expansion of the earthy folk rock that once defined them. This recent “rebirth, a spirit quest of sorts,” as bassist Chris Zasche describes it, came from growing pains after their last album, Signs of Light: the amicable departure of guitarist-vocalist Josiah Johnson, replaced by Matt Gervais (husband to singer-violinist Charity Rose Thielen), and the return of keyboardist Kenny Hensley. With a new beginning underway, the writing and recording process continued out of the desert, moving to Appleton, Wisconsin’s The Refuge Fox Cities, West Seattle, Omnisound in Nashville, and Barefoot Recordings in Los Angeles with the help of Tyler Johnson and Alex Salibian (Harry Styles, Sam Smith, Cam) and engineer Ryan Nasci.



Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home
available on CD, and Limited Edition Aztec Gold Vinyl ! When it comes to the blues today, there are a handful of guiding lights to make sure the music stays true to its powerful source. The sound of pleasure and pain that first sparked musicians to create such a sound is a force that can never be underestimated. The mojo has to be there. Texas guitarist/singer Jimmie Vaughan has dedicated his life to making sure the blues not only stays alive, but remains full of life and an inspiration to all who listen. He’s held onto the spirit of the blues for more than 50 years, and he isn’t about to stop now. Vaughans first studio album since 2011, Baby, Please Come Home is a rolling and righteous celebration of everything the blues can be.



Rocketman Original Cast Recording
the original cast recording to the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Rocketman. Directed by Dexter Fletcher (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) the movie is a musical fantasy charting Elton John’s breakthrough years and stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman) as Elton John, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as songwriter Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as manager John Reid plus Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) as Elton’s mother Sheila Eileen



Flying Lotus: Flamagra
New release from the record producer, musician, DJ, filmmaker, and rapper. Enter Flamagra – a work that sweeps up every quantum advance and creative leap of the last dozen years of Lotus career and takes them even further; the Warp release encompasses hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, tribal poly-rhythms, IDM, the L.A. Beat scene, but it soars above a specific vortex whose coordinates can’t be accurately charted. Other than to say that it is a Flying Lotus record, perhaps the definitive one. An astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality. He s aided by a dream cast of collaborators: Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces, Toro y Moi, and his telepathic kinsman, Thundercat.



Mavis Staples: We Get By
Mavis Staples returns with a studio album produced and written by Ben Harper. Backed by Mavis’ critically acclaimed live band, We Get By features 10 songs of longing, strength, and spirituality, presented with simplicity, grit and sublime beauty. Highlights include the buoyant, “Anytime”, the cathartic, “Change”, and the title track, an uplifting duet with Ben Harper.



Morrissey: California Son
Morrissey has always worn his influences on his black-on-the-outside sleeves. For as much as he crowed about the New York Dolls and the Cramps in his youth, his music both with and without the Smiths has reflected more erudite lyricists with an overall lighter musical touch. For California Son, the Pope of Mope has picked 12 lilting tales of injustice and unrequited love by some of his favorite artists and re-orchestrated them for his voice, improving some and turning others into head scratchers.
The best here are the ones with adventurous arrangements. “Some Say I Got Devil” was originally an eerie, self-reflective folk number by Melanie, but producer Joe Chiccarelli has helped Moz turn it into a dramatic, almost Ennio Morricone–inflected expression of existential pain. Where Melanie sounded scared and disappointed, Morrissey sounds confidently resigned to a life of disappointment (no surprises there). Similarly, he and his band have beefed up Joni Mitchell’s arrangement of “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow” — a hypnotic track off her underrated The Hissing of Summer Lawns LP — and Morrissey croons it like a modern easy-listening number, echoing Mitchell’s “you’re darn right” rejoinders with extra conviction.
“Suffer the Little Children,” a quivering, stuttering Buffy Sainte-Marie folk ballad, now sounds like a grand, Broadway number with hand claps and swaggering brass that comes off all the more over-the-top when Moz sings, “The Devil keeps his nails clean/Well, did you think he was a boogieman?” And his rendition of Roy Orbison’s challenging “It’s Over” is masterful, as he’s a rare rock singer his age who has such a range (and it should be noted that Moz is now eight years older than Orbison was at the time of his death.)
But some of the other numbers are more puzzling. The album has been marketed as a collection of protest songs, but scanning the love songs shows that’s not the case, and Morrissey has done no interviews so far to explain his viewpoint. Given recent controversies around his support of the ultra-conservative and exclusionary For Britain party, which have prompted a record shop in Wales to refuse to sell California Son, you have to question his motivations.
Nevertheless, here he is singing Bob Dylan’s “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” a retelling of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers’ assassination that somewhat absolves the killer’s racism because, the lyrics suggest, he was a tool of the political system. It makes you wonder what he wants listeners to take away from it. (And for the record, he sings it beautifully, tantamount in some ways to Stevie Wonder’s performance of “Blowin’ in the Wind” from a strictly vocal perspective.) There’s also Phil Ochs’ “Days of Decision,” about standing up to societal oppression and Tim Hardin’s sorrowful (and, in Morrissey’s hands, infinitely more listenable) “Lenny’s Tune” about the death of Lenny Bruce, who died from a morphine overdose. Perhaps he’s pointing out that after 50 years, the world is still ill? What is clear from the recordings, though, is that the songwriters here all took humanist stances on the wrongdoing they’re addressing.
Even more perplexing still here, are the droppings of AM radio fluff that seem to mean so much to him. Gary Puckett’s “Lady Willpower” is an unusually bright and brassy request for a woman to give him her will (and it doesn’t stray too far from the original arrangement). Laura Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues” (with an assist from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) is still curl-lipped, saccharine yearning in Morrissey’s hands. But his take on Dionne Warwick’s “Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets” is peppy and easy — timeless pop comfort food — that makes the others feel a bit more at home.
Even without Morrissey explaining his motivations, the album is stil a look into his psyche. The track list suggests that he still thinks the world is headed for end times, that he still knows he’s unlovable, that he longs for excitement. They also confirm his tenacity and consistency considering he’s been talking about covering the Warwick number and Jobriath’s groovy, psychedelic “Morning Starship” for more than 25 years. And they show off his ageless voice, still a rich tenor that can slide up and down the scale with grace and melodrama. Most of all, the songs are each slightly skewed and often quite cynical. Perhaps the most revealing thing here is what we’ve always known: Heaven knows he’s miserable (and he’s OK with that).



Black Mountain: Destroyer
New release from the Canadian rock band. Destroyer is structured around that first time behind the wheel of a hot rod. The fat, charging “Living After Midnight” riffs of opener “Future Shade” is, according to band member Stephen McBean, ‘Straight outta the gates. FM radio cranked.’ He ain’t kidding. The song, and all of Destroyer for that matter, seems to exist at that crucial nexus of the early-to-mid 80s Los Angeles when a war between punk and hair metal was waged. Black Flag’s “My War” tried and failed to keep the peace. But in the trenches, some hybrid ghoul was beginning to form in bands like Jane’s Addiction and White Zombie. Shacked up in his rehearsal space, McBean found an old chair in an alley, spray painted Producer on the back and pressed record. Friends from the endless rock’n’roll highway were invited over and 22 songs were brought to life. While some were laid back into shallow graves to dig up once again at a later date, the remaining skeletons were left above ground – given organs, skin, eyes, and the opportunity to grow their hair real long and greasy. Some of these zombie hesher jams were sent on a journey to Canada where longtime band member Jeremy Schmidt, slipping on the Official Collaborator satin jacket, had at them with his legendary synth arsenal. As he added long owing robes, sunglasses, driving gloves and medallions, the undead songs began to transform into the new breathing creatures that make up Destroyer. Schmidt’s work with these songs turned out to be the transformative glue for this new era of Black Mountain.



Lizzo: Cuz I Love You
Features the hit songs “Juice”, “Truth Hurts” which is featured in the Netflix movie Someone Great and “Tempo” that features a rare appearance from Missy Elliott. Cuz I Love You features work with long-time collaborators Ricky Reed, X Ambassadors, Nate Mercereau, and Oak Felder. When you love yourself, anything becomes possible. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a downright earth-quaking voice, colorful persona, and undeniable star power, Lizzo struts into the spotlight and steps up with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire.



Jesse Colin Young : Dreamers
the 19th solo album from one of rock’s most influential and enduring singer-songwriters. Jesse Colin Young first made history with the Youngbloods on their classic ’60s peace anthem “Get Together,” and has amassed a loyal worldwide over the past five decades, will release his 19th solo album, DREAMERS, on May 24th, 2019 via BMG. Born Perry Miller, “Jesse” was born in Queens, NY. With his band The Youngbloods, Jesse would go on to release 10 studio albums, all charting in the US top 200. Jesse has released 18 albums, 19 singles and EPs, and has accrued over 200 writing and performance credits in his career.

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May the Third Be With You. ~ Free Mystic Tickets ~ RIP Chewbacca

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Check it out:

Ben Haggard & Noel Haggard with Buzzy Martin Wednesday, May 8, 2019 8:30 PM

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA

Ben Haggard

Noel Haggard

Buzzy Martin


William Tyler w/ Vetiver (solo) Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:30 PM

Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA

William Tyler

Vetiver

FREE tix available for each of these shows. Here’s how to get them:

Call us at (707)525-1963 and tell us which show you want to attend.

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Upcoming LIVE music at LRS:

Nate Lopez

Nate Lopez Saturday June 8 2pm-ish
Nate has been playing professionally for many years and at many venues including: 30/90 NOLA, Kimos – Maui, LBC – Santa Rosa CA, Earthfest L.A., NAMM main stage, The Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, Laguna Beach Jazz and Art Festival, Marriott Hotel in Napa, The Hilton in Union Square S.F., Ghirardelli Square – S.F., Reno Jazz festival, and countless Wineries.He has also been a featured artist on radio stations KRCB, KRSH, KBBF, KVYN and KGGV

“You will note this 8-string guitarist uses every aspect of the guitar to play bass, rhythm and lead, making him a one man band.” – Positively Petaluma
“To Say Nate Lopez just plays guitar is an understatement.” Curtis Kim, KSRO radio
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Saffell

Saffell Saturday June 29 2pm-ish
Saffell is a sultry, funky, singer songwriter from Northern California. Saffell uses live looping, layering percussion, bass, vocal harmonies and more to create a rich, full sound. What’s unique about Saffell is that he rocks the keys not the guitar.

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New Releases

New Releases out now include:


Tank and the Bangas: Green Balloon
Hailing from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas formed in 2013 and bubbled into national consciousness after appearing on and winning NPR’s wildly popular Tiny Desk Concert contest in 2017.



Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery
Summer Of Sorcery, the follow up to the critically acclaimed Soulfire is SVZ’s first album of original material in 20 years. It was written during the second half of the Soulfire Tour and recorded at Stevie’s Renegade Studio September-November 2018. All 12 songs are original SVZ compositions, one recut from his Revolution Album, one outtake from the Lilyhammer Score, and 10 new songs. The album was recorded with the same members of The Disciples Of Soul that have been touring this past year. The album is a breakthrough artistically for Stevie in several ways, ‘My first five albums in the 80s were both very personal, and very political. I wanted the new material to be more fictionalized. The way records were when I grew up. Before it was an Artform. The concept (loosely) was capturing and communicating that first rush of Summer. The electricity of that feeling of unlimited possibilities. Of falling in love with the world for the first time. Obviously, there are occasional personal references, and a bit of what’s going on socially scattered throughout, but I achieved what I set out to do. I created a collection of fictional audio movie scenes that feel like Summer. I’m quite proud of it.’ -Little Steven



Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride
New release from the alt-rock favorites. Father of the Bride is the highly anticipated album from Vampire Weekend, and is the band’s fourth full length release. It is the follow up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City, which won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014. Father of the Bride is produced by founding band member Ezra Koenig, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Madonna, Charli XCX, Usher, HAIM, Solange, and others). The album features 18 songs, including “Harmony Hall,” “Big Blue,” “2021,” and “Sunflower.”



Rhiannon Giddens: There Is No Other
Rhiannon Giddens’ album There Is No Other was recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. Produced by Joe Henry and tracked over an intensely productive five day period in Dublin, Ireland, There Is No Other is at once a condemnation of “othering” and a celebration of the spread of ideas, connectivity, and shared experience.



Amon Amarth: Berserker
the 11th full length release from Swedish death metal band Amon Amarth. The album – their first in three years – was produced by Jay Ruston. This marks the first album by the band to feature drummer Jocke Wallgren who joined the band in 2016.



Bad Religion: Age of Unreason
Age of Unreason can be described as “a musical manifesto on the current political landscape.” In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, the band’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent seems as relevant as ever. Bad Religion began in the sprawling suburbs surrounding Los Angeles, with the teenage punks offering an impassioned counterpoint to a culture of consumerism and anti-intellectualism. Founding members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, and Jay Bentley were eventually joined by guitarists Brian Baker of Minor Threat, Mike Dimkich of The Cult, and drummer Jamie Miller of… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Bad Religion have been highly influential force in modern punk, producing beloved international hits and building a devoted worldwide following.



Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge
two CD set. Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI, We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making. The greatness of The Art Ensemble of Chicago has always been the shared commitment of it’s original members – Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye – to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have long-termed Great Black Music – Ancient to the Future. Also important are the group’s disparate musical and artistic personalities, comprised of jazz, advanced compositional techniques, theatrical performance, poetry, Pan-African percussion, all tied together with improvisational flair and the exploration of pure sound.



The Cranberries: In The End
the eighth and final studio album by Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries. It is the band’s first release since the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died on 15 January 2018. Guitarist Noel Hogan and O’Riordan began composing songs for the album while on tour in March 2017. That June, Hogan spent time in France writing and sending his demos to O’Riordan in New York to add lyrics. Together they wrote and demoed 11 songs that winter, with the final emails from O’Riordan arriving to Hogan hours before she died. The surviving bandmates set aside her vocals for several months following her death and after getting the full support from O’Riordan’s family, they brought in Stephen Street-who produced several of their early albums-to complete the recording sessions in April and May. Noel Hogan has confirmed that the remaining members of the Cranberries will disband after it’s release.



Guided By Voices: Warp and Woof
Following Guided By Voice’s sprawling double-album Zeppelin Over China, Robert Pollard has written and recorded another full-length in record-breaking time. It’s Warp And Woof, exuberantly barreling through twenty-four songs in just thirty-seven minutes with a brevity similar to mid-90s GBV albums Alien Lanes and Vampire On Titus. GBV kicked this one out in a flash, recorded in studios, club soundchecks, hotel rooms and even in the tour van.
After completing Zeppelin, Pollard felt the itch to record a few EPs. Just as GBV had done back in 1994, he would use them to channel his everflowing ideas to an outlet. But when a magical boombox writing session produced six fully formed songs in under half an hour, Pollard realized he had an album on his hands. What to do? With a band so formidable they’ve been dubbed the Golden Age of GBV, they completed much of the recording on the road. The 2018 Space Gun Tour provided impromptu recording venues. Pollard recorded vocals in hotel rooms, complimentary condominiums, and small studios. Doug Gillard cut guitar tracks for “End It With Light” through his Mesa Boogie rig at the soundcheck at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Bobby Bare Jr. Recorded his spacey main rhythm guitars for album closer, “Time Remains in Central Position” at the same show, but in the backstage green room. Kevin March added drum tracks in a studio in his hometown Montclair, New Jersey. Gillard played guitar on “Bury the Mouse” in a van hurtling at 60-plus m.p.h., and Mark Shue laid bass on “Angelic Weirdness” as he balanced on the speeding van’s bench seat.



George Benson: Walking To New Orleans
George Benson gets back to Americana basics on Walking to New Orleans, the jazz guitar legend’s double-barreled tribute to both piano-pounding hit machine Fats Domino and the original rock guitar hero and poet, Chuck Berry. The album toggles between tracks written and/or recorded by Berry and Domino as though Benson were moderating a musical conversation between Missouri and Louisiana. It kicks off with a rock-solid rendition of Berry’s 1964 post-incarceration story song “Nadine (Is It You?),” which Benson makes his own by scatting in unison with his guitar solo. Then a horn section pumps up Fats’ 1951 R&B hit “Rockin’ Chair” and his first R&B-pop crossover smash, “Ain’t That a Shame,” from 1955, with Benson’s guitar standing in swingingly for the originals’ sax solos. The Chuck Berry songbook is also represented on Walking to New Orleans by the good-timey “You Can’t Catch Me,” the sinuous “Havana Moon,” the rollicking “Memphis, Tennessee,” and the bluesy “How You’ve Changed.” Fats Domino weighs in with the rollicking “I Hear You Knocking,” “Blue Monday,” and the album’s iconic title track.



J.J. Cale: Stay Around
For the first time in a decade, listeners will be moved by a new collection of unreleased Cale songs, a feat that’s possible due to Cale’s modus operandi: often Cale would reserve outtakes from one album for later release on another. In compiling Stay Around, Christine pored over songs, both studio and home recordings, that the public had never heard. The result is an album mixed and produced by Cale himself, left nearly untouched to leave, in Christine’s words, the “Cale Factor.” The only song not written by Cale is Christine’s “My Baby Blues,” the first song she and Cale cut as a four-piece combo in Bradley’s Barn studio in 1977, the year they met.



Josh Ritter: Fever Breaks
FEVER BREAKS, the tenth studio album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Josh Ritter, will be released April 26 via Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy Award-winning musician Jason Isbell, the 10-song record was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A and features Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit.
Of the album, Ritter shares with Rolling Stone, “The songs are very reflective of the times in which they were written,” he explains. “As we started coming together and playing, the songs that felt like they were gonna work really jumped out as obvious. From there on, after we recorded in August [2018] we had this really nice time to stop and listen and let the songs marinate a little bit. In that time, the world has just become even crazier. There’s a lot of the record that feels reflective of the moment.
Over the course of his career Ritter has released ten full-length albums including 2017’s GATHERING, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and received widespread critical praise. NPR Music proclaims, “Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer,” while the HuffPost adds, “GATHERING is beautiful and precise, and most of the beauty, to be certain, arises from a prolon
In addition to his work as a musician, Ritter made his debut as a published author in 2011 with his New York Times best-selling novel BRIGHT’S PASSAGE (Dial Press/Random House). Stephen King wrote in The New York Times Book Review that BRIGHT’S PASSAGE “shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime… This is the work of a gifted novelist.”



King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard : Fishing for Fishies
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with Fishing for Fishies, their first new music since 2017, and perhaps their most perfectly realized album to date. Fishing for Fishing is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several different moods and terrains where organic meets automated, rustic meets robotic, and the past and future collide in the present.



Marvin Gaye: You’re The Man
You’re The Man is the first-ever planned “lost” Tamla/Motown album from Marvin Gaye. Includes three tracks newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi. The album also includes a rare long version of Marvin Gaye’s cancelled Christmas single, as well as an unreleased vault mix of it’s instrumental B-side, and new essay by Marvin’s biographer, David Ritz. You’re The Man was the album originally proposed to follow-up the monumental What’s Going On. The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Motown label and also Marvin Gaye’s 80th Birthday.



The Mountain Goats: In League with Dragons
The Mountain Goats are John Darnielle, Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, and Matt Douglas. They have been making music together as a quartet for several years. Three of them live in North Carolina and one has moved back to Rochester. Their songs often seek out dark lairs within which terrible monsters dwell, but their mission is to retrieve the treasure from the dark lair and persuade the terrible monsters inside to seek out the path of redemption. As Axl Rose once memorably asked, in the song “Terrible Monster”: “what’s so terrible about monsters, anyway?” This is the question The Mountain Goats have been doggedly pursuing since 1991. They will never leave off this quest until every option has been exhausted.



Nils Lofgren: Blue With You
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren returns with a vengeance with his first new studio album since 2011. From searing rock tracks to tender ballads, each composition takes you along on a sonic journey with one of rock’s most respected players, displaying Lofgren’s incredible guitar and songwriting talents. There are 6 songs on this album that were co-penned with Lou Reed, 5 of which have never before seen the light of day. Lofgren shares “this album was recorded live, the old school way. Inspired players in each other’s faces rocking live in the studio. Andy Newmark on drums, Kevin McCormick on bass. We had a laugh at my live, backwards lead jam during ‘Give,’ one of 6 songs written with the great Lou Reed. Electric and inspired, I’m thrilled to share this new music.” While Nils is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, he has a dedicated and loyal worldwide fan base, and an amazing 50 year solo career in between stints with Springsteen, Neil Young, and Ringo Starr. Besides the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Nils has been honored with the “Outstanding Contribution Award” at the Classic Rock Awards held in London (joining esteemed company of previous winners who have included fellow Rock Hall of Famers Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood and John Paul Jones), and been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (where he currently resides with his wife Amy, who produced the album with him). PBS News Hour ran a segment on Nils’ 50 years on the road in December. The new album will coincide with a US tour kicking off in early May. A national PR campaign will support the album and tour.



Pink: Hurts 2B Human
Hurts 2B Human is the eighth studio album from pop superstar Pink. The first single from the album, “Walk Me Home”, was called a “foot-stomping anthem” as well as an “optimistic departure” from the content of her previous album, Beautiful Trauma.



Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mettavolution
Rodrigo y Gabriela are ready to embark on the next chapter of their remarkable story, with the release of their first studio album in five years. Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rod and Gab’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, a long list of new material has been distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one audacious, jaw-dropping cover song. Recorded in Los Angeles, producer Dave Sardy, – best-known for his work with Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle and Band of Horses – has helped Rod and Gab to a new recording career pinnacle.



ScHoolboy Q: CrasH Talk
is the fifth studio album by American rapper ScHoolboy Q, released through Top Dawg Entertainment and Interscope Records. Crash Talk features guest appearances from Travis Scott, 6lack, Ty Dolla Sign, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and Lil Baby.

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