Ural Thomas is one of the most exciting singers remaining from the original soul era. His catalog has slotted into countless mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom he has performed with). From someone with a backstory this rich, one might expect an explosive and unmissable soul masterclass Ė which it is. Thomas still has a voice to match his icons peers.
Sound of the Morning is a record that's increasingly unafraid to explore life's darker parts, but does so with an openness that's full of light. As an artist who professes to "always strive for the bittersweetness of things", Pearson does just that, taking the listener's hand and guiding them through the good and the bad, like the musical equivalent of an arm around the shoulder.
Two decades into delivering social commentary via their blistering brand of punk rock, Rise Against's most recent album may in fact be their most poignant, as it sums up the struggles, injustices, and collective action of a whole generation. Brimming with punk rock spirit, it begs that we answer who and what is left if we continue on the current path. Vinyl available 10/28.
Twins Adam and David Moss started weaving their voices together before they hit first grade, singing along to the Everlys, the Beatles and other artists in their dad's record collection. Here The Brother Brothers pay homage to those early influences and other favorite songwriters with unique arrangements of both beloved classics and songs they want more people to hear.
The inspiration for Going Places was to have a set of new songs to play in a small club run by a couple of his bandmates. The result is a collection of songs that feel a bit looser, lean into the guitar a bit more and will sound great in the live setting. What remains consistent is Josh's ability to write hooks and find grooves that create a sound that is at once familiar, but wholly new.
She & Himís seventh studio album is a loving tribute to one of the greatest living American songwriters and singers, Brian Wilson. Melt Away finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artistís extensive songbook, offering fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honored classics and overlooked gems alike. These fourteen covers are infused with the familiar magic that She & Him fans know and love, offering a new window into Wilsonís iconic catalog.
The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) is a national level organization comprised of the best independent record stores in America. CIMS was founded in 1995 with the goal of uniting like minded independent store owners, giving them a more powerful voice in the music industry. The stores that make up CIMS are all very different, but we share the same desires Ė to be the heart of our communities, to super-serve our customers, to support and develop artists, and to share our love of music.
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