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SARAH JAROSZ will play a sold-out show on Saturday, April 1 at the Peace Center, but you can stop by Horizon Records at 5pm on Saturday for a brief live in-store taste of her music!

SARAH JAROSZ will play a sold-out show on Saturday, April 1 at the Peace Center, but you can stop by Horizon Records at 5pm on Saturday for a brief live in-store taste of her music!

It’s hard to believe that singer and multi-instrumentalist Jarosz is only 25 years old, because she’s packed a lot of experience into that quarter-century. By the time she signed a record deal with Sugar Hill in her senior year of high school, she’d learned to play clawhammer banjo, guitar, and mandolin. And around the same time that her first album came out in 2009, she enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating with honors in 2013 with a degree in contemporary improvisation.

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Bluegrass-jazzers OLD SALT UNION are comin’ to town on MARCH 30th! They’ll play an in-store here at 4:30, then head over to THE SPINNING JENNY!

Bluegrass-jazzers OLD SALT UNION are comin’ to town on MARCH 30th! They’ll play an in-store here at 4:30, then head over to THE SPINNING JENNY!

Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up the group are not complete rebels, they are certainly focused on exposing people to a purer, more exciting, and more original form of music. Drawing influence from Bill Monroe, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, to jazz great Bill Evans and Composer Danny Elfman, it’s obvious the group has a unique and broad genetic make-up. What makes Old Salt Union special is their ability to further explore the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass in a mature and refreshing manner. With in-depth musical compositions, a catchy hook, and a high- energy metaphorical punch to the gut, they are truly front runners in the new generation of string music.

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NEW RELEASES, 3/17: GARY CLARK JR, SPOON, DEPECHE MODE, CONOR OBERST, RICK ROSS, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND & a 50th anniversary reissue of a landmark ZOMBIES album!

NEW RELEASES, 3/17: GARY CLARK JR, SPOON, DEPECHE MODE, CONOR OBERST, RICK ROSS, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND & a 50th anniversary reissue of a landmark ZOMBIES album!

The title track of Hot Thoughts starts like a Kraftwerk tune: electronic drone, metronomic beats and clipped robotic vocals. Then the guitars crash in, and you’re reminded almost no one engineers post-punk propulsion into precision-tuned rock-and-roll melody better than Spoon auteur Britt Daniel. Nearly 25 years in, his group has made maybe their best record yet – a line that been repeated, accurately enough, with most every record they’ve made.

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NEW RELEASES, 3/10: SHINS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, the REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, MARTY STUART, PIETA BROWN, and more!

NEW RELEASES, 3/10: SHINS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, the REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, MARTY STUART, PIETA BROWN, and more!

The Shins’ freaky fifth album, Heartworms, teems with psychedelia that’ll please the lava-lamp-and-incense crowd. From Magical Mystery Tour-styled sound effects (“Painting a Hole”) to hypnotic island vibes (“The Fear”), the project contains some of the band’s most adventurous music yet. And songs like “Name For You” and “Cherry Hearts” prove Mercer still pens some of indie-rock’s most addictive pop melodies.Mercer’s lyrical luster has diminished somewhat since the band’s halcyon days, but he still flashes poetic brilliance often on Heartworms.

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NEW RELEASES 3/3: BELA FLECK, GRANDADDY, MINUS THE BEAR, BOMBADIL, DANKO JONES, IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE, DANIEL HOPE & more!

NEW RELEASES 3/3: BELA FLECK, GRANDADDY, MINUS THE BEAR, BOMBADIL, DANKO JONES, IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE, DANIEL HOPE & more!

Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player, a 16-time Grammy Award winner nominated in more categories than any other musician, a genre-busting collaborator, a film producer and a composer. Foremost, though, he is a dad. The impact of fatherhood on Béla is reflected in Juno Concerto, named for his firstborn son with fellow folk musician Abigail Washburn. The album was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by José Luis Gomez and also includes two tracks with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet: ‘Griff’ and the second movement of ‘Quintet for Banjo and Strings,’

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NEW RELEASES 2/24: OLD 97’s, RHIANNON GIDDENS, WESLEY STACE (aka JOHN WESLEY HARDING), BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE and more!

NEW RELEASES 2/24: OLD 97’s, RHIANNON GIDDENS, WESLEY STACE (aka JOHN WESLEY HARDING), BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE and more!

It’s an interesting week here at New Releases central. We’ve got a potpourri of new stuff that ranges all over the map, genre-wise, from the return of Old 97’s to Wesley Stace’s return to his true name, to a double-album of weirdness from The Brian Jonestown Massacre to some serious loveliness from Rhiannon Giddens. There’s […]

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NEW RELEASES, 2/17: NIKKI LANE! RYAN ADAMS! SON VOLT! ALISON KRAUSS! THE GIBSON BROS.! Lordy, it’s a big week!

NEW RELEASES, 2/17: NIKKI LANE! RYAN ADAMS! SON VOLT! ALISON KRAUSS! THE GIBSON BROS.! Lordy, it’s a big week!

The new Nikki Lane album sidles right down the fine line between country and rock iu this week’s new releases, along with a spankin’ new Ryan Adams, the first Son Volt record in four years, Alison Krauss’ first solo album since 1999, and some fresh bluegrass from The Gibson Brothers! Read on… NIKKI LANE, Highway […]

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NEW RELEASES 2/10: BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS, ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO, CHUCK PROPHET, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER (of the BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES) & more!

NEW RELEASES 2/10: BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS, ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO, CHUCK PROPHET, KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER (of the BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES) & more!

Greetings from New Release central, where we’re tickled to have the new Black Joe Lewis album in-stock, not to mention a look back from Kris Kristofferson, some big fun from Elvin Bishop, and there’s even some classical/jazz love for Mr. Gene! Read on…. BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS, Backlash (CD/LP) Recorded in the band’s […]

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TY SEGALL’s new self-titled album on Drag City keeps us guessing while splashing our collective face with no shortage of astringent tunes of all colors.

TY SEGALL’s new self-titled album on Drag City keeps us guessing while splashing our collective face with no shortage of astringent tunes of all colors.

At his best, Ty Segall is a master songwriter trapped in the body of a punk — although the limitations of his garage-inflected rock actually keep him grounded and focused rather than restricted. The California bandleader’s prolific output over the past decade has grown increasingly ambitious in its own humble and rough-hewn way; at the […]

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NEW RELEASES IN-STOCK NOW: CLOUD NOTHINGS, JAPANDROIDS, DELBERT MCCLINTON, TIFT MERRITT, HOMEBOY SANDMAN, MARK EITZEL & more!

NEW RELEASES IN-STOCK NOW: CLOUD NOTHINGS, JAPANDROIDS, DELBERT MCCLINTON, TIFT MERRITT, HOMEBOY SANDMAN, MARK EITZEL & more!

Cloud Nothings’ latest offering, the bursting, brimming, and brisk Life Without Sound, is a remarkable expansion. Three years down the line, and with a second guitarist growing the trio into a quartet, the band seems to be hitting their stride ever more intently (each record could perhaps be assessed as the band ‘hitting their stride,’ which speaks to the group’s impressive consistency). It’s a chugging, nimble-footed affair, showing a matured and restrained group; no more eight-minute-plus pounding, slashing jams, replaced instead with a sense of clarity and focus, a driving, raw sonic thesis statement. The record stirs from the band’s three-year recording slumber with the aptly named “Up to the Surface”, with slate-colored, melancholic piano, followed by ever-so-slightly out-of-tune, icy guitars poking through and a rumbling, dissonant, melodic build to the full-band waterfall. It’s an enthralling, unsettling handshake: “I knew peace in the terror of the mind,” Baldi mutters as the song fades. Producer John Goodmanson’s slick Death Cab-colored hand is immediately obvious, as the band trades in their previously gray, at times muddled, sound for a broad, angular upgrade.

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