An impressed Joseph Gordon-Levitt invited the Helsinki teenager to fly to LA to perform on his hitRECord TV special – and the Finnish multi-instrumentalist hasn’t looked back since. The songwriter and her five-piece band offer a captivating performance brimming with honest lyrics, indie-pop optimism and Regina Spektor-like cinematic arrangements.
“The Death March Tour” shows off the Austin psych-rock masters’ signature menacing fuzz guitar and slow-building psychedelic earworms. The four-piece band created new album Death Song (Partisan) during the recent election cycle, reflecting an emotional climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease.
The trio, fronted by Tamsin Wilson, celebrates the release of its debut full-length LP I Go Missing In My Sleep (4/28 via Secret City Records) with a hometown show. The hushed and acoustic-driven music, which captures the fleeting, pre-dawn moments of when the city is at its most still, is fleshed out live with an added drummer and heart-racing urgency.
Guiding light Alynda Segarra performs songs off the group's latest album, The Navigator (ATO), a thrilling call to arms that finds itself at both a musical and cultural crossroads, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock and incisive ballads.
Honoring “America’s Songwriter,” Art Garfunkel, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of The 5th Dimension, Toby Keith, Johnny Rivers, Dwight Yoakam and more play selections from the GRAMMY-winner’s extensive catalog, including “Wichita Lineman,” “By The Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Up, Up and Away.” Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association and the I'll Be Me Foundation in honor of Jimmy's dear friend, Glen Campbell.
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’s devotion to spirituality was the central purpose of her life’s final four decades, an often overlooked awakening that took shape during her four-year marriage to John Coltrane and after his 1967 death. Now for the first time, the spiritual music she privately recorded during this period becomes available in this compilation, the initial installment in a planned series of spiritual music from around the globe.
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The acclaimed songwriter recruits artists and activists across generations – including Adele, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Pearl Jam – to create interpretations of songs from her groundbreaking 2007 album, The Story. All proceeds go toward War Child UK, which aims to help children affected in war-torn regions.
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The acclaimed songwriter and her longtime bandmates and collaborators The Twins commemorate the release of Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child (5/5 via Legacy) with “An Acoustic Evening with Brandi Carlile Performing The Story in Its Entirety and More.”
Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ come together for a historic collaboration between blues giants of different generations. Their singular talents converge for the first time on an album that features cameos from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Sheila E., Lizz Wright and more. The album was self-produced by the duo and recorded by Zach Allen, John Caldwell and Casey Wasner at Nashville's Stu Stu Studio, and the 11-song set includes covers as well as six original songs. The duo will tour extensively this year.
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The prolific DC MC/producer is on an international tour for his latest release, The Iceberg (Mello Music Group), a plea for understanding and empathy and a call for his listeners to dig deeper into big-picture issues like race, politics, wealth inequality and religion. He performs with Good Compny, the band with which the MC recorded his new album.
Philly’s Tim Showalter tours behind new album Hard Love (Dead Oceans), a fearlessly honest release that confronts the struggle between overindulgence and accountability while yearning for rock ‘n’ roll transcendence.
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The latest release by the iconic songwriter, recording artist and producer features a dynamic range of originals and deft studio works with guests to match, including Donald Fagen, Daryl Hall, Dam Funk, Bettye Lavette, Robyn, Joe Satriani and Joe Walsh. Expect hip-hop-flecked funk, dystopian synth-rock, soaring ballads and crisp power pop.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s mythic unreleased album places him squarely in the center of rock’s key mid-‘60s developments and provides the missing link connecting his early hits to his 1968 protest smash “Abraham, Martin and John.” The revelatory sessions, never released in their complete form until now, redefine a career already impressive enough to have earned a place in the pantheon of rock 'n' roll's early giants.
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The GRAMMY-winning band’s new album is both a return to their roots and their most personal album yet. The theme of reflection echoes throughout these 10 tracks produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell).
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The Memphis soul original and Hi Records hit man recorded his first release in decades in honor of his wife of 43 years, the legendary Ann Peebles, cutting it with generations of Memphis studio greats. These 10 songs, including seven penned by Bryant, show a soul survivor in action, exhibiting a sharp vocal acumen that can be honed only by years spent on the road and in the studio.
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Ellis Ludwig-Leone is a master storyteller, a poet-observer who has made fans of the New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR and more. The Brooklyn bandleader and his collective end a tour with a hometown show, also one of the first shows at this new NYC venue, to perform new songs from Belong (Downtown/Interscope), which confronts themes of disconnect, displacement and everyday anxiety with assured and gorgeous results.
The Memphis soul survivor and Hi Records hit man plays New York for the first time in decades as he celebrates the release of new LP Don’t Give Up On Love (5/12 via Fat Possum). Bryant, who co-wrote “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and other soul staples, is as versatile a performer as ever, exhibiting sharp vocal acumen that makes him “a formidable soul singer … inspired in every sense of the term” (NPR).
Praised as "what's next in Nashville" by NPR, Rose’s new EP showcases her evolution into “one of country’s rising storytellers” (Washington Post). The five songs penned and co-produced by Rose play as an exuberant and anthemic collection filled with stories of lust-filled evenings, the inescapable aftermath of a relationship and striving for self-discovery.
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One of the world’s most prominent oud masters, this two-time GRAMMY nominee joins Iranian santour player Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American percussionist Issa Malluf to perform works from new album Letters from Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), which tells the story of contemporary Baghdad based on letters AlHaj received from Iraqi women and children that depict a country in crisis but not without hope.
The Nashville native who co-wrote the Billboard Top Five hit “If the Boot Fits” (Granger Smith) will perform a solo acoustic show previewing music from his new EP out this May.