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CHUCK PROPHET’s new album, BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS, is out on YEP ROC RECORDS, is 13 songs of gritty California noir.

CHUCK PROPHET’s new album, BOBBY FULLER DIED FOR YOUR SINS, is out on YEP ROC RECORDS, is 13 songs of gritty California noir.

‘Bobby Fuller’ finds Chuck coming full circle. He cut the album to tape at Hyde Street Studio in San Francisco, which also happens to be the same studio where Prophet did his very first recording session, while still in high school. Chuck brought out his ’64 Stratocaster for the sessions, conjuring a sound that Jonathan Richman once described as “gasoline in the sand, like a motorcycle at a hot dog stand.” He’s backed by The Mission Express, a band featuring his wife Stephanie Finch (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Kevin White (bass), Vicente Rodriguez (drums, vocals) and James DePrato (guitar).

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Trumpeter TERELL STAFFORD is ferocious, gentle, swingin’ and deep in the pocket on his new album, “FORGIVE & FORGET,” out now!

Trumpeter TERELL STAFFORD is ferocious, gentle, swingin’ and deep in the pocket on his new album, “FORGIVE & FORGET,” out now!

Veteran trumpeter Terell Stafford delivers the second installment of saxophonist Herb Harris‘s dynamic “Jazz Masters Unlimited” series production, with the unveiling of Forgive and Forget, providing a forum for Stafford’s talents and improvisational skills. Showcasing a repertoire penned and arranged by Harris, the trumpeter surrounds himself with a formidable quintet that makes his performance here

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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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The 2017 BIG EARS FESTIVAL lineup is upon us, and it’s an experimental/ avant-garde music lover’s dream! It kicks off in Knoxville on MARCH 23rd!

The 2017 BIG EARS FESTIVAL lineup is upon us, and it’s an experimental/ avant-garde music lover’s dream! It kicks off in Knoxville on MARCH 23rd!

A brief word from festival co-founder and artistic director Ashley Capps: As always, we thank all of you for your amazing support and enthusiasm for our ever-expanding festival. What began as a modest passion project has steadily grown into a remarkable, internationally

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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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NEW RELEASES 1/13: Holy smokes, the new SUSTO is here, along with a gorgeous new RENEE FLEMING, JOHN ABERCROMBIE, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, BONOBO & BAND OF HEATHENS!

NEW RELEASES 1/13: Holy smokes, the new SUSTO is here, along with a gorgeous new RENEE FLEMING, JOHN ABERCROMBIE, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, BONOBO & BAND OF HEATHENS!

According to the band’s website, “Susto” is a Spanish word that roughly translates into “panic attack,” or more specifically, the time when your soul is separated from your body. After an early start in the music business led to some burn-out at 26, the relatively young Justin Osborne felt the need for spiritual renewal, so he headed to Cuba to hopefully find some meaning beyond music. Instead, he came away with a perfectly apt band name more convinced than ever to pursue his musical whims. & I’m Fine Today is his second album since that sojourn. Mostly comprised of laid back, country-tinged, acoustic numbers, Osborne’s mournful compositions are nicely surrounded by ideal musical decorations (horns, organ, strings), reminding me a bit of The Band and 90’s world music act Rusted Root (the latter felt heaviest on closer “Jah Werx,” a great song to celebrate your Rastafarian faith). He wrote this album as a reflection of what he considers his place in the world and making peace with where he is. Certainly not novel, but there are enough thoughtful yet engaging songs here to overlook the well-trodden philosophical approach.

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NEW RELEASES 1/6: RUN THE JEWELS 3 arrives on CD & LP, the DROPKICK MURPHYS return, and check out the COMING SOON & KILLER REISSUES sections for some big news!

NEW RELEASES 1/6: RUN THE JEWELS 3 arrives on CD & LP, the DROPKICK MURPHYS return, and check out the COMING SOON & KILLER REISSUES sections for some big news!

“When I started this band, didn’t see no plans,” says El-P on this album’s double-headed closer. “Just run with the craft, have a couple of laughs, make a buck and dash.” That isn’t how it turned out for the 41-year-old New Yorker and his Atlantan partner Killer Mike. Rather than a side project for two rappers with a shared interest in lyrical exuberance, Run the Jewels has become its own branch of alternative hip-hop. Industrial beats are the bed for raps that veer from politics to sex and visceral humour, often in the space of two lines. It has won awards and a sizeable fanbase. The politics has drawn greatest attention, especially for Mike, a prominent protester against police violence and supporter of Bernie Sanders. Those hoping for a manifesto won’t find it here; what politics there are are personal. 2100 begins with a call for resistance but passes into more poignant observations and ends with a sigh and a call for peace. The most vivacious track of all, Call Ticketron, is the least political, with Mike performing a fantastic feat of double-time rhyming while El-P jokes about doing “push-ups nude off the edge of cliffs”. The formula is probably becoming familiar, but its time is now.

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  • Classical piano master and musical alchemist LANG LANG makes his PEACE CENTER debut on February 27th! YES!
    CALL 864-467-3000 OR VISIT www.peacecenter.org FOR DETAILS & INFO! If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game; the 56th and 57th GRAMMY Award two years in a row, where he performed with Metallica and Pharrell Williams; the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance; the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe (the first classical music cinema cast to be headlined by a solo artist).
  • ODDISEE takes us on another epic hip-hop journey with “The Iceberg,” out 3/10. It’s a social, personal and political work that seeks some answers within the chaos.
    The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album, ''The Iceberg,'' is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. ''The Iceberg'' is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: How we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement.