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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Davell Crawford is known as the "Piano Prince of New Orleans", which makes perfect sense in that he's a virtuoso player well-versed in all the components of the NOLA musical stew: jazz, blues, soul, funk, gospel, country, and Americana.

These talents emerged very early in Crawford’s life as he was something of a child prodigy, becoming the accompanist to the St. Peter Claver Catholic Church choir at the tender age of 10, while at 11 he was working with multiple choruses at the St. Joseph Baptist Church. That gospel passion remains in every note he plays and sings. Crawford releases his latest album, My Gift to You, this June 11th via Basin Street Records and we are proud to premiere the funky tune “Southern Woman” today.



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Thursday, May 30, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Singer-songwriter Linda Draper pens lean and spare songs full of atmosphere with elegant, every-note-in-the-right-place instrumentation.

Draper’s latest record is Edgewise, which released last week and notably rekindled her musical passions. “With this album, I feel I’ve come full circle,” she says. “I feel myself returning to the roots that originally sparked my enthusiasm for music.” Today we present the premiere of her second single from the new record, “Shadow of a Coal Mine”.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The incomparable New Orleans trumpeter and BBQ master, Kermit Ruffins, returns next week with a brand new album perfectly entitled 'We Partyin' Traditional Style'.

You may recognize Ruffins from his recurring role on HBO’s Treme, but you should really know him first for his trumpet. Ruffins plays the brassy, sing-songey, “play it from the bottom of your heart” style that is the trademark of NOLA’s great trumpeters, including most obviously Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima. And like the many great New Orleans musicians before him, Ruffins celebrates the city’s heritage in every note he blows and word he sings. We Partyin’ Traditional Style releases next Tuesday, 28 May, via Basin Street Records, and features a plethora of NOLA faves, including “Careless Love”, “Jeepers Creepers”, the Armstrong classic “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South”, and of course, this track “When the Saints Go Marching In” that we proudly premiere for you today.



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Thursday, May 16, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Tal National are massive stars back in their homeland of Niger, where they have repeatedly topped the country's charts and appear regularly on national television, which is often used as music player by Niger citizens.

The band is noted for their excellence in the field of West African guitar music and frontman Hamadal Issoufou Moumine is one of the genre’s best-known guitarists. Given all of this, the always interesting FatCat Records was eager to sign the group. Kaani will be their first worldwide release, coming along this September. Meanwhile, you can look for Tal National on the festival circuit this summer, with the highlight being their appearance at the Chicago World Music Festival this September. Today, we are proud to present the premiere of “Wonghamey” from the upcoming record, which was amazingly recorded in Niamey over two weeks on barely functioning equipment. The meager means don’t hold these musicians down, as their superb talent shines like a diamond through the roughest of lenses.


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Thursday, Apr 25, 2013
The remix of Young Man's single "In a Sense" still brings out the essence of Colin Caulfield's yearning sound, drawing out its tender grace.

While he may have gotten on the radar thanks to YouTube covers of the likes of Deerhunter and Beach House, Young Man’s Colin Caulfield has steadily grown into his own identity as an artist. That’s something that stands out on Young Man’s recently released third album, Beyond Was All Around Me, a confident, fleshed-out effort that showcases plenty of classic art-pop chops, while also revealing some inventive touches all Caulfield’s own. Indeed, the distinct qualities of Caulfield’s songwriting voice can’t help but come through even in this remix of the single “In a Sense” by London producer Maths Time Joy. More focused on rhythmic elements than the melodic synth-pop of the original version, the remixed “In a Sense”, premiering on PopMatters, still manages to bring out the essence of Young Man’s yearning sound, drawing out its tender grace in a distilled state.


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