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Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Music Album Releases: February 24, 2017

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The week of February 24, 2017 features new music album releases from Rhiannon Giddens, Little Big Town, Oddisee, John Mayer, Sarah Bethe Nelson, Prince Royce, Thundercat and Born of Osiris.

Find out more about all the new music album releases after the jump.





FREEDOM HIGHWAY (Rhiannon Giddens)

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Artist:
Rhiannon Giddens

Genre:
Folk, Singer, Songwriter

Total Length:
49:49

Label:
Nonesuch

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes


Product Description: "Know thy history. Let it horrify you; let it inspire you. Let it show you how the future can look, for nothing in this world has not come around before. These songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and headlines from streets of Ferguson and Baltimore today. Voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history; we just try to open the door and let them through." —Rhiannon Giddens

Freedom Highway, Grammy Award–winner and 2017 Grammy nominee Rhiannon Giddens' follow-up to her highly praised debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn, will be released by Nonesuch Records on February 24, 2017. The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn's 2015 release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, "Birmingham Sunday" and Staple Singers' well-known "Freedom Highway," from which the album takes its name. Giddens and the band will tour the U.S. in the spring; details will be announced shortly.

Giddens' writing for Freedom Highway is a departure from Tomorrow Is My Turn, which included one original song, with the rest being her interpretations of songs written or performed by a wide variety of female musicians. Giddens co-produced Freedom Highway with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War. As producers, Giddens and Powell sought to release the stories already in the walls, allowing the space to be a voice in itself. This approach allowed for an emotional fearlessness and presence not always easy to achieve in the studio. Together they assembled the players, which included her superb touring band, local musicians from the bayou, a soulful horn section from New York, and talented family members. The principle recording was done over an intense eight day period. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than its predecessor.

Giddens wrote of the title track:

"I am a daughter of the South; of the white working class, of the black working class; of the Democrat, and the Republican; of the gay, and the straight; and I can tell you one thing—we are far more alike than we are different. We cannot let hate divide us; we cannot let ignorance diminish us; we cannot let those whose greed fills their every waking hour take our country from us. They can't take U.S. from US—unless we let them. I recorded this with Bhi Bhiman, all-American singer-songwriter from St. Louis, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. America's strength are her people, whether they came 4,000, 400, or 40 years ago, and we can't leave anyone behind. Let's walk down Freedom Highway together. Written by Pops Staples in 1965."


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THE BREAKER (Little Big Town)

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Artist:
Little Big Town

Genre:
Country

Total Length:
41:43

Label:
Capitol Records Nashville

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes


Product Description: Little Big Town announced the release of their seventh studio album, The Breaker (Capitol Records Nashville), available February 24.

The album, produced by Jay Joyce, features lead single, Better Man, written by Taylor Swift, and is currently climbing the charts at radio.

The Breaker is about letting go of things that break you, it s about the new ground you try and break as a human being and as a musician. Sometimes you re the one that s broken and sometimes you re the breaker, said Little Big Town s Karen Fairchild.

It s a sentimental record because we re feeling super grateful for our friends and family and the chance to share the next chapter.


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THE ICEBERG (Oddisee)

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Artist:
Oddisee

Genre:
Hip-Hop, Rap

Total Length:
47:42

Label:
Mello Music

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes


Product Description: The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album, ''The Iceberg,'' is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. ''The Iceberg'' is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: How we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. ''The Iceberg'' is out March 24 on Mello Music Group. ''The Iceberg'' was recorded and produced by Oddisee at his own studio in Brooklyn, made with live instrumentation performed by Oddisee and members of his band, Good Company. Oddisee has released two studio albums, several EPs, mixtapes and instrumental albums, and has over 30 million plays on Spotify. He's been profiled by NPR, the Washington Post, praised by Pitchfork and Stereogum, performed on NPR's Tiny Desk, Red Bull Sound Select and at festivals including Glastonbury and Sasquatch. ''The Iceberg'' follows two releases in 2016, the ''Alwasta EP'' and the instrumentals album, ''The Odd Tape.'' His 2015 full-length ''The Good Fight'' was a Top 5 album on the ITunes hip-hop/rap chart and he was #5 on Billboard's Next Big Sound Chart.


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THE SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING: WAVE TWO - EP (John Mayer)

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Artist:
John Mayer

Genre:
Rock

Total Length:
15:27

Label:
Columbia

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

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OH, EVOLUTION (Sarah Bethe Nelson)

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Artist:
Sarah Bethe Nelson

Genre:
Indie Rock

Total Length:
39:51

Label:
Burger Records

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl,
Audio Cassette, iTUnes

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COLLIDING BY DESIGN (Acceptance)

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Artist:
Acceptance

Genre:
Alternative Rock

Total Length:
47:10

Label:
Rise Records

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes


Product Description: Acceptance have returned after a 12 year hiatus bringing with them an explosive new album, "Colliding By Design". This is the band’s long awaited follow up to their 2005 debut full-length Phantoms an album that was both a critical and commercial success selling over 112,000 copies in the US alone. While 12 years have passed since the band's last effort, one thing that hasn't passed is their ability to craft timeless, emotionally driven rock songs. The band chose to return to the studio with producer Aaron Sprinkle, and the result is 11 songs that are sure to exceed all expectations. Acceptance didn't reunite for any reason other than their love of making music together, and a desire to share their collective art with the world. Colliding by Design is a true gift, not just to the band's rabid fan base, but to the legacy they've created. This is an album that will be appreciated and valued for years to come!


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LANDMARK (Hippo Campus)

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Artist:
Hippo Campus

Genre:
Alternative Rock

Total Length:
44:15

Label:
Grand Jury

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes

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GRAVEYARD WHISTLING (Old 97's)

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Artist:
Old 97's

Genre:
Rock

Total Length:
41:43

Label:
Alternative Rock

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes


Product Description: In 1996, the Old 97 s recorded Too Far to Care. It was their major-label debut after the band signed with Elektra Records. But rather than venture into some state-of-the-art studio in New York or LA, the band decamped to Village Productions in Tornillo, Texas, a remote facility in the middle of two thousand acres of pecan trees near the Mexican border. The sound that the group captured on Too Far to Care has remained a touchstone for them. We ve always held that one up as the closest to sounding exactly like what sets us apart from the rest of the world, says Rhett Miller. And so when it came time for the Old 97 s to record the follow-up to the highest-charting album of their career, 2014 s Most Messed Up, producer Vance Powell brought up the idea of returning to Tornillo. We knew instantly that it was the perfect move, says Miller. The result is the eleven songs of Graveyard Whistling, the eleventh studio album from the Old 97 s.

Knowing that he wanted to consider as many options as possible, Miller handed over a huge pile of songs to the band; they whittled his thirty selections down to eleven. It grapples with spirituality and mortality, Rhett says. Our songs normally hide deeper meanings in the subtext, but they re more on the surface for this record." The trick the Old 97 s have held on to is to take a song that may have a darker theme and present it as something to be screamed along to in a club. The emotional range and musical scope of Graveyard Whistling also benefits from the contributions of some remarkable co-writers including Brandi Carlile, Caitlin Rose, Nicole Atkins, and Butch Walker.

There aren t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy. We re just very lucky to be able to do this for a living. It s insane and beautiful and we never, ever take it for granted concludes Rhett.


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FIVE (Prince Royce)

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Artist:
Prince Royce

Genre:
Salsa y Tropical

Total Length:
43:57

Label:
Sony Music Latin

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

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DRUNK (Thundercat)

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Artist:
Thundercat

Genre:
R&B/Soul

Total Length:
51:24

Label:
Brainfeeder

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, Vinyl, iTunes


Product Description: Stephen Bruner, bka as Thundercat returns with his follow up to 2015s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam . The latest album titled Drunk is released on Flying Lotus Brainfeeder label and features production from Flying Lotus himself. After attaining national attention following his Grammy award winning collaborations on Kendrick Lamar s To Pimp A Butterfly , Bruner delivers arguably his most ambitious work to date. Vocal features include Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat has worked with a wide range of artists including Erykah Badu, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Bilal, Suicidal Tendencies, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin and more making him one of the most in demand musicians of our time.


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DESSERT - EP (Dirty Heads)

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Artist:
Dirty Heads

Genre:
Alternative Rock

Total Length:
14:41

Label:
Five Seven Music

Purchasing Links:
MP3, iTunes

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THE ETERNAL REIGN (Born of Osiris)

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Artist:
Born of Osiris

Genre:
Metal

Total Length:
23:50

Label:
Sumerian Records

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes


Product Description: In honor of the 10 Year Anniversary of the label and BORN OF OSIRIS re-signing w/ Sumerian Records, the two have teamed up to produce a re-release of the bands debut album - The New Reign. Not only is the album a re-release of the initial work that put them on the map, but BORN OF OSIRIS have re-corded the 8 tracks, in addition to adding one new song and titled the new version - THE ETERNAL REIGN. This album is the latest companion to an already historic catalog from BORN OF OSIRIS and SUMERIAN RECORDS. Happy Anniversary and Congrats all around!


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VAQUERO (Aaron Watson)

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Artist:
Aaron Watson

Genre:
Country

Total Length:
63:29

Label:
BIG Label Records

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

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YOUTH REVIVAL ACOUSTIC (Hillsong Young & Free)

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Artist:
Hillsong Young & Free

Genre:
Christian, Gospel

Total Length:
1:24:46

Label:
Hillsong

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

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INNER LIGHT: CHAMBER MUSIC FOR FLUTE (Barbara Kortmann)

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Artist:
Barbara Kortmann

Genre:
Classical

Total Length:
66:24

Label:
Genuin

Purchasing Links:
CD, MP3, iTunes

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