The Kentucky native, praised by the New York Times, FADER, Rolling Stone Country, and more, plays with the Opry band. Pandora recently named Carmichael one of its Country Artists to Watch in 2019: “Armed with a distinctive baritone voice and fiercely protective of the country tradition of his influences Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Carmichael can rock with the best of them.”
In a break from past tradition, the bluegrass quintet, whose last album won the 2018 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album, conceived this new album’s track listing before recording, creating a compelling narrative that flows across these 13 songs. Introduced by the high-energy, banjo-powered title-track and culminating with the heartfelt send-off “Truth and Love,” the record sails into uncharted territory — moored by the group's expressive patchwork of rock, jazz, funk, country and old-time.
Contact: Olivia Del Valle
The Brooklyn-based pop prodigy – half a billion streams, over a million single download sales, 10 million Shazams, Top 5 on AAA radio, and more – releases his most ambitious record. The multi-instrumentalist pairs piano-rooted melodies with a bigger sound, yet with more stark lyrics, this is also his most direct and most personal album yet.
Contact: Mikaela Duhs
The 68-year-old Godfather of the New York Soul Revival and “the coolest mother****er to sing words into a microphone” (Vice) celebrates his 50+-year career with an enthralling new album. The Expressions and producer Leon Michels (Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé & Jay Z) once again join Fields, who shares odes to domestic bliss (“It Rains Love”), conga-fueled funk (“A Promise Is A Promise”) and more.
Contact: Greg Jakubik
The duo — best known known for their work on the classic Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Chance The Rapper's GRAMMY-winning Coloring Book, and records by J. Cole, Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, D.R.A.M., Francis & The Lights, Joey Purp, Bleachers, Ed Sheeran, Neil Young and many more — announce their new musical project.
Contact: Greg Jakubik
The Brooklyn soul singer, now a father with a decade of record-making experience under his belt, made his most rewarding LP yet at Memphis’ iconic Sam Philips Recording studio with Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell). The album is an exuberant, horn-drenched testament to life’s wistful yet joyous winding road.
Contact: Amy Bailey
The soulful, world-traveled folk-pop musician makes her first record in four years, working with Swedish musician Tore Johansson (New Order, Tom Jones, a-Ha). ‘Next Time’ marks Auster’s first time recording abroad in a completely isolated space—the ensuing sound, lush orchestral fantasies of romances abroad (“Mexico”), poetic remembrances of heartbreak (“Black Water”) and reflections on a unified ecstatic love (“Dance With Me”) are all threaded together by Auster’s haunting voice.
Contact: Eduardo Rios Pulgar
The latest incarnation of Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue, featuring the mask-clad masters of the guitar instrumental, Los Straitjackets, previews new music to be released this year. A recent career-spanning Rolling Stone profile said this about Lowe: “He helped shape punk rock, produced Elvis Costello and spent quality time with Johnny Cash. But his best role has been as a master songwriter who never takes himself too seriously.”
The loud irony of “Buddy Holly,” the bittersweet cynicism of “The Good Life,” and more are now gentle glockenspiel lullabies for indie-rock and emo parents to prep their children for life's biggest question: Blue Album or Pinkerton?
Contact: Hannah Schwartz
The new album by one of The Guardian’s 100 most influential women honors Celia Cruz, “the Queen of Salsa” and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. Kidjo explores the African roots of the Cuban-born Cruz and reimagines selections from her extraordinary career in surprising new ways, infused with an explosion of sounds and rhythms from Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, America, and beyond.
Contact: Natalie Maher
Wild tales of revenge and redemption, heroes at a crossroads, great figures in decline, the ‘80s Athens music scene, outlaw country – all this and more in these 12 new John Darnielle-penned songs. "This album began life as a rock opera about a besieged seaside community called Riversend ruled by a benevolent wizard,” says Darnielle, “for which some five to seven songs were written.”
Contact: Natalie Maher
The lead singer of indie-soul auteurs Monophonics steps out on his own with this solo debut. Finnigan wrote and produced each track and plays 10 instruments throughout, while enlisting the help of friends and legends like drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Beck), members of Monophonics, and Kelly’s own father, prominent sideman/keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Etta James). This sense of community underscores the music, a family affair both gritty and tender.
Contact: Grace Fleisher