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by PopMatters Staff

2 Mar 2016


Photo: Erika Goldring

Cha Wa hail from New Orleans and carry on the long cherished traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, while infusing their music with contemporary NOLA street funk. What you end up with is a grand gumbo of singing, chanting, intoxicating rhythms, and some deep funk grooves that are simply impossible to resist. Respecting the Mardi Gras Indians’ musical lineage, Cha Wa is heavily influenced by notables such as the Wild Magnolias, Dr. John, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, and the Neville Brothers. But they add to that production from Galactic’s Ben Ellman and mixing and mastering from Count, who has worked with Radiohead, DJ Shadow, and Lyrics Born.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2016


Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Charlie Oxford specializes in country-tinged soulful pop and had a previous solo release, Charlie Oxford, but it went nowhere when his record deal went south. So, Oxford did the smart thing and reacquired his rights and re-released it last year. Now, Oxford is back with a three-entry series of EPs releasing throughout 2016 and “Letting Go” features on the first EP, The Reflections EP, releasing April 15th. It’s a super catchy song, with a hit tune chorus.

by Cole Waterman

1 Mar 2016


Merging the futuristic with the archaic can be a daunting enterprise. If done correctly, the results are inherently intriguing. Such is the case with Arlow Xan, a folktronica duo from Flint, Michigan, composed of Al Harris and Ali Misner. Their new video for “Sun Goes Rising” showcases the blending of anachronistic styles innate to their music.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2016


Ann Arbor, Michigan acoustic string band the Ragbirds may be based in the American Midwest, but from there they explore a myriad of sounds from around the world. Drawing influence from gypsy, Celtic and African musics, the Ragbirds have shown themselves to be consummate artistic travelers. However, the great thing about this group is how they’ve always been able to meld these sounds into something unique and all their own. The band’s new record releasing later this month, The Threshold & The Hearth, continues in that tradition, but grounds the music firmly in their definition of home.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Mar 2016


Brisbane, Australia’s Cub Sport have been on a roll the last three years with title song of their debut EP, Told You So, rocketing to the top of the college album charts along with tons of touring worldwide, all the while building their fanbase. Cub Sport‘s sound is grounded in Aussie indie pop, based around hook-filled melodies, anthemic choruses, and sophisticated arrangements. Now at long last, Cub Sport is set to release their debut album, This Is Our Vice, on Friday March 4th via Nettwerk Records. This Is Our Vice is chock full of possible hit songs and the band plans to tour the record pretty relentlessly this year, from Australia to North America and Europe.

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