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Eilen Jewell - “Down Hearted Blues” (audio) (premiere)

Americana's Eilen Jewell realizes a life long dream with her new blues album and a kicking title track.

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Peter Himmelman: There Is No Calamity

Veteran singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman is back yet again

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Randy Newman and the Magic of the Unreliable Narrator

After 45 years, Randy Newman's Sail Away remains one of the most beautiful, difficult, evocative testimonies to lust, desire, and America's collective racist past.

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Various Artists: Rough Guide to Ragtime Blues

Listeners looking for an entryway to this early offshoot of the blues, or anyone curious about the roots and influences of Jack White and Pokey LaFarge, would do well with this compilation.

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Randy Newman Weighs in on Putin, Science vs. Religion and More in New ‘Dark Matter’ Album

Randy Newman has set his artistic crosshairs on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Jeremy & The Harlequins - “Little One” (audio) (premiere)

Jeremy & the Harlequins still believe in the power of rock and roll as you'll hear on "Little One".

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Frank Zappa: Jazz From Hell (Yesterday’s Jukebox)

Frank Zappa's complex, electronic masterpiece showed what the late, great maestro could achieve by removing the human element and harnessing the power of a machine.

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Lost Chords, Major Chords, Minor Chords, Dissonant Counter-melodies: ‘Dreaming the Beatles’

This biography of the Beatles illustrates how their personality dynamics served as both a necessary elixir and an addictive poison in the creation of their music.

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Kevin Abernathy: Family Hour / The PInklets: The Pinklets

Two EPs from Tennessee's rocking Abernathy family (one from dad and one from daughters) that each offer sonic rewards.

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2 Aug 2017 // 9:15 AM

John Mayer and the Nothing Search

John Mayer wants to sell out and still retain his street cred, a foolhardy goal that you must at least credit him for trying.

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Louis Schefano - “Wish Something Would Happen” (video) (premiere)

The ex-Remy Zero singer/songwriter's latest is a sparse yet poignant and biting rock reflection.

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What Is Real in the YouTube World of ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’?

Presenting Princess Shaw simultaneously exposes and obscures the process of documentary-making.

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1 Aug 2017 // 9:26 AM

Liam Gallagher Is Still Cranky After All These Years

Liam Gallagher is releasing his first solo album. Of As You Were, set for release Oct. 6. Gallagher figures, “It ain’t the best record in the world, it ain’t the worst record in the world.”

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Hey Violet: From the Outside

From the Outside is a modern masterpiece that declares one’s choices in life are one’s own. That may be self-centered and even purposely self-delusional, but it serves a higher truth,

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Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These

A blistering batch of gospel blues, In Times Like These offers up social and political sentiments more relevant now perhaps than ever from that rare artist who truly practices what he preaches.

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The Isley Brothers and Santana: Power of Peace

At a time of great political and social upheaval, Power of Peace positions itself as a message of love and unity over hate and division.

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The Ed Palermo Big Band: The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II

Zappa-indebted big band leader Ed Palermo carries his singular vision across the pond, taking on the British Invasion and more in strikingly original fashion.

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Thin Lizzy / Philip Lynott Bio ‘Cowboy Song’ Is Like Reading the Best Liner Notes, Ever

Cowboy Song is not the first biography of Thin Lizzy and/or Lynott, but it is profoundly well-researched and may be the best.

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21 Jul 2017 // 4:00 AM

Coldplay: Kaleidoscope EP

This is Coldplay in 2017, saying "hi" to the mainstream by pandering to pop, and actually managing to do a not-half-bad job of it.

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Big Star: The Best of Big Star

Another compilation album from Big Star? Should we care? Yes. Yes we should.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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