Album Reviews

August Burns Red Release New Album Phantom Anthem

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Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red have released release their new album, Phantom Anthem – the follow-up to 2015’s Found In Far Away Places, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance. The album is available now at AugustBurnsRed.com. Watch the official music video for new single, The Frost.

August Burns Red recently wrapped up their European headline tour for the 10-year anniversary tour of their much-loved album, Messengers (2007), and will be touring North America through the fall. Full tour dates below.

Iskwé Releases The Fight Within

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In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-basedIskwé (pronounced iss-kway) are a rare breed. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch’ by CBC Music, Iskwé (‘woman’ in Cree) is set to release her sophomore album, The Fight Within, on November 3rd (Independent). The album features the new single Soldier.

Her unmistakable sound weaves her Irish and Cree/Dené/Métis roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats. Iskwé teamed up with several notable producers for the new album including The Darcys on Nobody Knows, Hayden Wolf on Soldier and Will I See; and Keolya on Sometimes and The Storm.

"This album is really precious to me, I wrote it from a much more reflective place than my first. The issues I touch on here are real, issues that are impacting Indigenous people every day." Iskwé continues; "From our Missing & Murdered Women and Girls to youth suicide epidemics within our communities to the land protectors out fighting for our planet each and every day; I wanted to counter the stereotypes cast our way and push back against the idea that we won't or can't succeed. I wanted to give back to the people I care most about - our younger generations. This album is for them."

Beach Boys Mike Love Releases Double CD – Unleash the Love

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Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Winner, New York Times Best-Selling Author, co-founder and chief lyricist of The Beach Boys, Mike Love, is set to release a special double album on November 17 through BMG. Entitled Unleash the Love, the albumwill feature 13 previously unreleased songs and 12 re-recordings of Beach Boys classics. The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer, Michael Lloyd. To listen to the title track off of the album, "Unleash The Love," click here: http://bit.ly/2wyosO9. The album will be released on digital, double CD, and 2LP formats. It will be available for pre-order on October 27- once pre-ordered, fans will be able to stream and instantly download 3 album tracks (Do It Again, Darlin' and All the Love in Paris).

For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys taking the sounds of America's band to every corner of the globe- playing for crowds of up to 750,000 fans. Mike has co-authored more than a dozen hit singles, cementing The Beach Boys as one of the only artists to have produced twelve Top 10 Singles within 5 years. With iconic and timeless tracks like "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," and "Kokomo," The Beach Boys have created some of the most performed songs in pop music history.

Videoman Releases Debut Album A Kind Of Serenity

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Videoman writes music for lonely people. On September 29th, the Montreal-based band  released their debut album, A Kind Of Serenity, featuring the album opener, Salt & Wine. Have a look at the video for the track here. The record will be available for pre-order on September 8th, with an instant-grat download of the first single, Adeline. The group will celebrate the release with a hometown show in Montreal on October 5th at Petit Campus.

After years in Los Angeles studying classical music, Videoman frontman, Pasquale D’Alessio, returned to Montreal and became a Resident Artist with Opera de Montreal with one goal: to compose an opera. Looking for a modern take for the script, he teamed up with musician and writer, Mitch Findlay. The duo began working on the story, and quickly realized the project was evolving. No longer an opera, but an album.


Nilüfer Yanya Releases New Single Baby Luv On Ato Records

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22 year old Londoner Nilüfer Yanya has revealed her new single "Baby Luv" -- her first release since the acclaimed Plant Feed EP in July. The single will be Nilüfer's first release on her new U.S. label ATO Records -- and Blue Flowers Music in the U.K. Nilüfer will also travel to the U.S. for her first North American shows at New York's Mercury Lounge (November 14th) and Los Angeles' Masonic Lodge at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery (November 16th).

Emerging in 2016 with her debut EP Small Crimes, Nilüfer Yanya has gone on to establish herself as one of the most promising British songwriters and guitarists of her generation. Nilüfer's 2017 follow up EP, Plant Feed proved her breakthrough moment with Pitchfork crowning her a 'Rising' artist, MistaJam selecting her as a 'New Name' on BBC Radio 1 and Broken Social Scene and The xx all handpicking her to perform as support at their headline dates.

Watch the video for "Golden Cage," which Pitchfork previously said "is the kind of song you love to sing, sure, but it's as much the kind of song you want to be":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwZIRcsdDo

Nilüfer will announce a new project in the coming weeks ahead of her first U.K. headline tour -- which includes her biggest headline show thus far at London's Omeara on October 16th as well as dates in Bristol's Louisiana (October 17th) and Brighton's Hope & Ruin (October 18th).

Lee Ann Womack New Release “Hollywood”

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Today, Lee Ann Womack has released the latest cut from her forthcoming album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone the shimmering and ghostly "Hollywood." Written by Lee Ann, Adam Wright and Waylon Payne, the track poignantly portrays a relationship riddled with doubt and uncertainty.

Lee Ann will make several appearances at AmericanaFest this week, including her annual Lee Ann and Friends showcase at Music City Roots at the YeeHaw Tent on Thursday, September 14th at 9:10 PM. The event this year will feature special guests John Fulbright, Jamey Johnson, Amanda Shires, Adam Wright, Waylon Payne, David Ramirez, Andrew Combs and Secret Sisters. Lee Ann will also discuss her new album with journalist and author Peter Cooper and play a special stripped-down set at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater on Saturday, September 16th at 2 PM. Produced by her husband Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings') and largely recorded at the legendary SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone features more Lee Ann Womack co-writes than all her previous albums combined, making it her most personal collection to date.

Shawna Caspi Releases 4th Studio Album Forest Fire

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Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi released her fourth studio album Forest Fire on September 1st, 2017. Engineered and produced by Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith), the album is complete with Shawna’s remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style, elegant arrangements and powerful messaging in which Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices and to tell the truth above all else.

Forest Fire is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again, drawing listeners into the depths of haunting, atmospheric tracks, then lifting them out with airy, bluegrass instrumentation and hopeful narratives for brighter days. It’s dark granite stone with a shot of glimmering quartz through the middle. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love, grace, and gratitude. The album features a compelling mix of instrumentalists including Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle, background vocals), Don Kerr (drums, background vocals, cello), Dave Matheson (piano, organ), Joel Schwartz (electric guitar, baritone guitar, rhythm acoustic guitar, mandolin, resonator, tenor banjo), Ben Whiteley (double bass) and Alyssa Wright (cello).

Prophets of Rage Debut Video for Radical Eyes

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As millions across the nation gathered recently in their respective states and towns to watch the Great American Eclipse, Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord, have now debuted the music video to their song, Radical Eyes. The fiery anthem is featured on their forthcoming self-titled LP, set for release September 15th, 2017.

Says Tom Morello, “On the heels of this historic solar event let's all aim to eclipse racism.”

Burning with a razor sharp message and a deep, unrelenting groove, Radical Eyes is the third track to be unveiled from the band’s new album, following the previously released, Unfuck The World, and Living on the 110.

“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes,” explains Chuck D of the song. “Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. ‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”

At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as The Clash, KRS-One, and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: Public Enemy’s frenzied, racing textures, Rage’s jaw-melting riffs, Cypress Hill’s manically playful party energy.

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David Rawlings: Poor David’s Almanack

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David Rawlings is quite the guy these days. A still youthful picker with an extraordinary command of the roots and traditional end of US country music, often now called Americana, Rawlings has been plying his trade for many years, always earning praise, accolades and generating interest in both the genre and his own, personal take on it all. Surprisingly, perhaps, he also remains firmly footed and rooted in a bubble of modesty and humility that, frankly, is a rare thing in modern-day Music City, Nashville, where he is based.

With a new album, ‘Poor David’s Almanack’, a genuine solo effort, due to drop in a few weeks time, he is relaxed, confident and satisfied with the result of his own writing and recording that features his long-time music partner Gillian Welch and is produced and released on their joint-enterprise label, Acony Records.

Jerry Douglas: What If

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Anyone who might just have wondered what might have been if US Dobro and Weissenborn slide-guitar wizard Jerry Douglas had chosen another musical path, might just be in for a genuine surprise with his latest release, ‘What If’ on Rounder Records next month.  What If, indeed.

Generally, and perhaps a tad unfairly, regarded as a bluegrass picker, Douglas is a guy who has been a pro musician for over forty years and used to joke that just being out on the road, working, trying to feed his family, cost him a thousand bucks a day in missed session work in Music City, Nashville. Nowadays, with control over both his life and his music, he chooses when to tour and when and with whom to work. For around twenty years, he has been an integral part of Alison Krauss and Union Station, where his sparkling virtuosity has played a huge part in the band’s continued success and distinctive, award-winning sound.

With the new release on the horizon, Douglas took some time out to explain and expand on where he feels he is right now: ‘Forever, really, I’ve been writing and arranging music, always with places where horn sections should go,’ he says. ‘Instead of Sam Bush or Stuart Duncan, I’ve imagined and heard and wrote for horns. This time round, I found myself surrounded by great horn players and so decided it was time.’

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