Music Releases 04-27-18

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Janelle Monae

The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.

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Post Malone

Post Malone

beerbongs & bentleys

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Following the success of his multi-platinum debut album, Stoney, Post Malone is set to release his highly anticipated sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys on April 27th via Republic Records. The album includes the massive hit singles "Psycho" which is already Top 20 at Top 40 radio and Top 5 at Rhythm Radio and the certified 6x platinum single "rockstar" which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 consecutive weeks.

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Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Critical Equation [LP]

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'I feel like I'm in a totally new band right now,' says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It's a bold declaration considering he's been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group's brilliant new album, 'Critical Equation.' Produced by Gus Seyffert (Bedouine, Michael Kiwanuka), 'Critical Equation' is the most infections and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet. The record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before. Call it an existential awakening, call it a dark night of the soul, whatever it was, it fueled one of the most fertile creative periods in the group's history.

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Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson

Last Man Standing [LP]

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With Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson has added 11 essential new songs to his classic catalog. Comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Willie along with longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon, it is one of his most personal and introspective albums to-date. An album that acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer, Last Man Standing finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.

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Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Graffiti U

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It has been two years since the release of his chart-topping, record breaking album RIPCORD, but on Friday, April 27th, Keith Urban returns with his ninth studio album, GRAFFITI U. The 13-track recording, which includes his current single “Coming Home,” featuring Julia Michaels. The intimate image on the GRAFFITI U album cover was taken by world-renowned photographer Mark Seliger.

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Cicada Rhythm

Cicada Rhythm

Everywhere I Go [LP]

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Cicada Rhythm is Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis. Following their 2015 self-titled debut, Cicada Rhythm consciously decided to build upon their homespun, stripped-down folk sound by bringing in more musicians and multiple producers to their latest record, Everywhere I Go. Recorded in a string of studios across the southeast, it's a snapshot of a band on the move, with new members filling their lineup and a louder set of influences propelling their sound forward. There are roots-rock tunes, slow waltzes, front-porch folksongs and backwoods ballads, all delivered by a group of road warriors who've cut their teeth not only in the writing room, but onstage, too. Kenneth Pattengale (Milk Carton Kids) and Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) share production duties, giving Everywhere I Go a broad, diverse punch. 

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Anthrax

Anthrax

Kings Among Scotland

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”Kings Among Scotland,” the band’s long-awaited live album, arrives in stores on April 27, 2018. Captured last February 15 at the band’s sold-out concert at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour “Kings Among Scotland” incorporates the band’s entire live show.  The concert is also available on on DVD.

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Aisha Badru

Aisha Badru

Pendulum [LP]

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The Yonkers, NY born singer-songwriter uses airy vocals and vivid lyrics to draw listeners into her soulfully emotive world on her debut album Pendulum. "A major theme of every human’s experience is that we’re constantly swinging between good and bad," says Aisha of the album’s theme. "We can’t avoid it. By realizing the that the swings aren’t permanent, you begin to develop the ability to control how you feel about the unfortunate events that may arise in your life."

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Van Morrison / Joey DeFrancesco

'You're Driving Me Crazy' is a new studio collaboration between Van Morrison and legendary Hammond organist Joey DeFrancesco. It features interpretations of jazz and blues standards as well as selections from Van Morrison's songbook and is the follow-up to 2017's 'Versatile', Van's chart-topping jazz album.

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Stimulator Jones

Stimulator Jones’s music never draws on just one place or time, instead dipping in and out of classic styles from the 1970s and ’80s to the present day. On his debut album Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures, his elastic voice and instrumental grooves effortlessly evoke the heady feel of R&B favorites like Rick James, K-Ci & Jo Jo, Aaron Hall and The Gap Band

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Jessie Baylin

Strawberry Wind, Produced by Richard Swift (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Foxygen, The Shins) not only delivers on a promise to create an honest album for kids and parents, but it represents what Baylin calls the "beautiful divide," of juggling family life with her creative life, a difficult task by any measure. “The divide in me is easy to feel because I invest 100% of myself into my family and often the creative gets put to the side” she explained, “so when I decided to begin writing for this album it just poured out of me.” And, now singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin is sharing that creative outpouring on her debut children's album, Strawberry Wind. Throughout the album, Baylin doesn't hold back on telling it like it is. Weaving through lyrical themes of dream life, supermoons, and summertime vibes are some gentle doses of reality. “I don't want to lie to my kids. Life is hard sometimes and you need to find a way to deal with it… there will always be things in life you can't control. But, you can dream of a better world and make your own refuge," says Baylin, who is mom to 4-year-old Violet and is expecting her second child with her husband. Baylin, who's released four critically-acclaimed albums over the years, says the seed was planted for this album after recording a cover of Harry Nilsson's "He Needs Me" from the kids' film Popeye. “The song has a childlike sense, but the message is very deep. It's magical, it's dark, and it hit all the right notes. I wanted to do an album that feels like that" she says. "Since becoming a mother, I found myself being around the house a lot and I started gravitating to these wonderful albums I remembered from my own childhood — The Beatles, Harry Nilsson's The Point!, John Lennon, Roger Miller's Robin Hood and Carole King's Really Rosie” The magic of those iconic '70s records she mentions is that they're all grounded in solid songwriting and were never dumbed down for the audience. "Those records felt very honest and that was my mission here. I also wanted it to feel magical and remind people of the child inside of all of us that is filled with a sense of wonder and pure joy and hope."

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Original Television Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

From executive producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron comes NBC's next live musical spectacular, the groundbreaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert starring John Legend as Jesus, Alice Cooper as Herod and Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene along with Tony® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton) as Judas Iscariot. This globally celebrated classic will air on NBC with a one-of-a-kind live staging on April 1, Easter Sunday, that's sure to amaze with jaw-dropping spectacle and an all-star cast of beloved recording artists.
Set during the final week of Jesus' life, the story is told from the perspective of infamous betrayer Judas Iscariot. As more and more followers flock to Jesus, Judas grows concerned that Jesus is becoming arrogant and losing sight of his principles. So when Jesus attacks the money changers in a temple, Judas finally turns on his teacher, setting both on a path to tragedy.
Conceived as a concept album, the original 1970 recording of Jesus Christ Superstar includes the hit songs "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "I Don t Know How to Love Him" and went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 1971. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards®, including Album of the Year, and ranked number one in album sales on the year-end chart ahead of Carole King's massive hit Tapestry. The first Broadway production, starring Ben Vereen, opened in 1971 and garnered five Tony® nominations in addition to winning a Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is also fondly remembered for the 1973 Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominated film that featured a new song written for the Broadway production, "Could We Start Again, Please?" that will be included in the live broadcast and on the soundtrack.

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Migos

Migos

Culture II [3LP]

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GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum hip hop trio Migos (Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff) return with their anxiously awaited full-length album, Culture II, almost exactly a year after the record breaking first installment. Lead single “Motorsport (feat Nicki Minaj & Cardi B)” is already topping charts, followed by the Pharrell produced smash, “Stir Fry”. Standard weight, black vinyl

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Ben Frost

Mute is proud to announce a limited edition 12” release of "All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated" by acclaimed composer Ben Frost. Limited to 700 copies worldwide.

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Public Service Broadcasting

''People Will Always Need Coal'' is the fourth single from Public Service Broadcasting's critically acclaimed third album Every Valley. This limited edition LP includes remixes from experimental 4-piece Flamingods (Moshi Moshi), Leeds electronica outfit Vessels (Different Recordings), legendary producers Plaid (Warp), rising star Nabihah Iqbal (Ninja Tune) and London production duo Dark Sky. Public Service Broadcasting are the brainchild of London based J. Willgoose Esq. and his drumming companion Wrigglesworth. Every Valley takes us on a journey down the mineshafts of South Wales valleys, acting as a metaphor for a much larger global and social malaise. It uses the history of local coal mining to shine a light on the disenfranchised.

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Take 6

Take 6

Iconic

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Produced and arranged by the group, Iconic is a tribute to the songs and artists that have inspired the band since their inception.

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Godsmack

Godsmack

When Legends Rise [LP]

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20 years since the release of their debut album and 20 million album sales later, GODSMACK are an even stronger animal than before. The proof is in the grooves of WHEN LEGENDS RISE, their first album in four years that’s due out April 27 via BMG and marking their debut on the label.

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DMA's

DMA's

For Now [LP]

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Since the success of their debut album 'Hills End', fans have been impressed with DMA'S ability to write diverse indie-pop songs with huge choruses, hooks, melodies and harmonies. With Tommy O'Dell's distinctive vocals, DMA'S have carved out a niche sound gaining them fans worldwide. This new album, ‘For Now’ was recorded above their local Sydney pub The Lady Hampshire with Kim Noyes producing and is instantly recognisable as DMA'S signature sound whilst demonstrating how their music has matured. With compelling, anthemic and memorable moments it's an engrossing listen that will undoubtedly impress their cult following. It showcases what a talented trio they are, with the ability to cross genres and reach wide audiences.

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Foreigner

2LP + DVD version

Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock bands in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums and sold out concert tours. From 'Cold As Ice' to 'Hot Blooded', 'Urgent' to 'Juke Box Hero' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You'. Foreigner's thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans.

Today, over 80 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever. Besides founding member and leader Mick Jones on lead guitar and vocals, the band s line up consists of Kelly Hansen (Ex-Hurricane) as lead singer, Tom Gimbel ( Aerosmith) on guitar, saxophone, flute, and backing vocals; Jeff Jacobs on keyboards, Jeff Pilson (Ex-Dokken, Dio and MSG) on bass; and Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham) on drums.

This magnificent concert was recorded at KKL Luzern, Switzerland on May 20th and 21st 2017 and thus became the very first Foreigner album, recorded with orchestra and choir. Together with The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the performance showcases some of rock n' roll's most enduring anthems and countless fan favorites. Featuring original new arrangements and instrumentations, Foreigner's signature songs can be enjoyed from a completely new perspective
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Available on CD, 2LP + DVD (180 Gram Vinyl), Box Set (Includes CD/DVD, 2LP, T-Shirt (XL), Magnet) and Digital

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Skindred

Skindred

Big Tings

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Start your engines, ladies and gentlemen: nothing`s off limits for these Welsh ragga rock / metal pioneers Skindred and their seventh album Big tings! Roaring and pounding, the follow-up to 2015`s Volume is a magnificent beast churning out heavy, distortion-laden riff punches melting into vocalist Benji Webbe`s frenzied rapping. Explosive metal and punk material rubs shoulders with smooth melodies – and of course Skindred wouldn`t leave us on the dancefloor without a hefty helping of their trademark Godzilla-esquely huge choruses. Big songs, big sound! Check out the new single ‘Machine‘ (featuring vocals by Reef frontman Gary Stringer and guitars by Phil Campbell of Motörhead). The track is so infectious, that none other than former AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson had to nab it as an intro and outro theme to his own TV show "Cars That Rock"! Catch Skindred and that infamous Newport helicopter action live on a full U.K. tour in April 2018 with special guests CKY – more dates coming soon.

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Bart

Bart

Blue Motel [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release by singer/songwriter Bart Davenport and his band. Recorded in Los Angeles, Blue Motel alludes to LA with the lights down. A new project by Davenport, his seventh album since his solo breakout in 2002, the sounds on Blue Motel are an amalgam of '80s UK pop and West Coast yacht rock jams, sprinkled with cinematic flourishes, the four piece led by Bart Davenport is united in their affection for the sophisticated sounds of groups like Prefab Sprout and Style Council. Their jangly pop aesthetic, resplendent with choppy chorus tinted guitar, snappy snares, sax and bass is underlined with life trodden stories about day jobs, dating, financial insecurities, lost innocence and most prominently, time travel. Davenport's songs are delivered with a happy and sad sensibility reminiscent of Burt Bacharach. From the surreal yet humorous 'The House That Built Itself' to the sad surf music of 'Halloween By The Sea' or the romantic L.A. noir of the title track, Blue Motel arrives with a spoonful of tears, a nod and a wink.

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Grouper

Grouper

Grid Of Points [LP]

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2018 release. Not long after recording her tenth album Ruins, Liz Harris traveled to Wyoming to work on art and record music. She found herself drawn towards the pairing of skeletal piano phrasing with spare, rich bursts of vocal harmony. A series of stark songs emerged, minimal and vulnerable, woven with emotive silences. Inspired by "the idea that something is missing or cold," the pieces float and fade like vignettes, implying as much as they reveal. She describes them as "small texts hanging in space," impressions of mortality, melody, and the unseen-fleeting beauty, interrupted. Grid Of Points stands as a concise and potently poetic addition to the Grouper catalog. "Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice. I wrote these songs over a week and a half; they stopped abruptly when I was interrupted by a high fever. Though brief, it is complete. The intimacy and abbreviation of this music allude to an essence that the songs lyrics speak more directly of. The space left after matter has departed, a stage after the characters have gone, the hollow of some central column, missing." -Liz Harris.

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Kobra and The Lotus

Kobra Paige and her motley crew kept their word and now they deliver the second part of their opus magnum one year after the release of Prevail I! Prevail II is the proverbial yang to the yin and continues right where Kobra And The Lotus left off in 2017. The opener ‘Losing My Humanity‘ is an exemplary melodic feast of both guitar and vocal craftsmanship that anchors the Canadian five piece firmly in between hard rock and heavy metal with a modern touch and the occasional classic rock! The catchy ‘Let Me Love You‘ is another brick to this massive wall of sound, but a solemn intermezzo like ‘Ribe‘ and the elegiac ‘White Water‘ attest to their musical virtuosity lending taste to the vulnerable and emotional side of the band. Kobra And The Lotus know perfectly well what it takes to cater to the needs of hard rock and metal fans in 2018 without losing touch with the essential roots (just check out ‘Modern day hero‘)! ” It was an immensely challenging experience but it pushed and pulled the best out of us“, comments leading lady Kobra. Who could argue with her on that one?

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Michael Mcdermott

Michael Mcdermott

Out From Under

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Michael McDermott's highly anticipated follow up for the critically acclaimed Willow Springs is the new album aptly titled Out From Under. McDermott's aforementioned album put Michael back on the map after garnering stunning reviews all across the US and Europe. Highlighting the year was reaching number 1 on the EuroAmericana Chart to go along with countless top ten lists and sold out shows at home and abroad. In his storied career, 2016 was his best year to date. The 11 song collection of songs which makes up Out From Under takes the listener a step further in the journey. After a life, rife with drugs, drink, jail, tragedy, majestic failure and now an amazing comeback, Out From Under is the album McDermott has wanted to make all his life, the album he was always supposed to make. The album everyone knew he could make.

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