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BARONESS
GOLD & GREY
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It's been 12 years since Baroness started their trip around the color wheel. From 2007's Red Album to today's Gold & Grey, it's certainly been an adventure for John Dyer Baizley and his bandmates. The years through which these albums span have been marked by many thingsworldwide acclaim, stylistic switches, lineup changes, and a bus accident among others. Baizley is the sole original member from the beginning of the vibrant excursion. As he and Baroness morphed over the decade-plus, the music they created grew in scale and breadth. The early albums carried a sludge-laden tone synonymous with their home state of Georgia. The more recent years, however, showcase a focal shift towards rock, classic heavy metal, and instrumental experimentation. On Baroness' lengthy color cycle conclusion, Gold & Grey, Baizley and company gather every moment and scheme from the last 12 years and paint the band's most radiant work to date. Among the biggest headlines coming into Gold & Grey was the addition of Gina Gleason (guitars/vocals) following the departure of Pete Adams in 2017. Her addition, along with the return of Nick Jost (bass/keys) and Seb Thomson (drums), give Baizley his most diverse collection of talent under the Baroness name. While the album's length could be seen as a point of detractionit's one song less than Yellow & Green, but technically not a double albumthe longer running time gives the quartet room to operate.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
WESTERN STARS
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Bruce Springsteen doesn't reach for anything too big on his first album in five years. Western Stars, more than anything, is the 69-year-old singer and songwriter's look back at music that was popular with adult listeners right around the time he was launching his own career.For 50 minutes, Western Stars recalls the sweet and breezy California sounds that Jimmy Webb, Glen Campbell and other late-'60s and early '70s songwriters and artists mined for adult-contemporary radio gold back in the day. Nothing pushes too hard here, and few songs appear to be future Springsteen classics, at least on the surface. But it's a lush, gorgeous record that sounds unlike anything Springsteen has recorded in the past. Strings, horns and backup singers evoke an earlier period of music that brought some innocence to turbulent times back then. And in a way, Western Stars serves the same purpose. Its light, genial tone goes against the grain of everything happening in the U.S. right now. It's a calm, peaceful and most likely temporary respite from the harsh outside world.Whether it's the ebullient horns pushing alongside 'The Wayfarer' or the familiar structures 'Hello Sunshine' is built upon, Western Stars is a deliberate attempt to channel the spirit and sound of Campbell's classic string of hits written by Webb like 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix,' 'Wichita Lineman' and 'Galveston.' Springsteen's spare but emotional vocal style here uncovers shades he hasn't used in years or sometimes ever before.
MO KEB
OKLAHOMA
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Oklahoma, whose expansive creative vistas reflect the eponymous states wide-open spaces. With noted musical veteran Colin Linden (The Band, Bruce Cockburn) heading up production duties, the albums 10 tracks encompass Keb Mos diverse talents, with the artist delivering some of the most adventurous and personal work of his career. The inspiration for the title track Oklahoma started with a visit to the state in 2013 for a benefit show with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Keb witnessed first-hand the aftermath of a destructive tornado.I thought about what it must be like to live in Oklahoma and all the great people that have come from Oklahoma, he recalls. With just a melody in his head for a song about Oklahoma and little personal connection to the state, the title track was almost never conceived. That is until the hands of fate led him to the meeting of, and a songwriting session with Dara Tucker, an Oklahoma native. Together, they set about to portray the complicated depth of American history played out in her home state. Native American connection and tragedy, natural and man-made disasters, incredible musicians and the Tulsa Sound, and western ruggedness and fortitude are all themes. Notable is the mention of Greenwood/Archer and Pine, known as Black Wall Street which was infamously destroyed in 1921 in one of the most devastating massacres in the history of US race relations.
NELSON LUKAS & PROMISE OF THE REAL
TURN OFF THE NEWS (BUILD A GARDEN)
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If its difficult to categorize the music of Lukas Nelson and his band, well, that runs in the family. After all, dad Willie has never been predictable and Lukas has been involved in so many projects that pinning him down can be a slippery feat. But if there is any time in the groups decade-long run when Nelson should strike while the timing is right, its now. After his involvement in the recent A Star Is Born movie he co-wrote and co-produced the Oscar-winning soundtrack and he and the band backed up Bradley Coopers character in the flick Nelsons audience has potentially increased. From the limited but enthusiastic Americana fans who have followed his trajectory as occasional frontman for Neil Youngs backing group, it now includes millions of devotees of the film wanting more. But if the pressure is on Nelson, this eclectic set doesnt show it. Theres a relaxed, some may say hippie-ish vibe that threads through tunes as varied as the opening Bad Case with its Traveling Wilburys singalong melody, the ultra-slick, sweeping, widescreen pure pop Stars Made of You, and the heartfelt, folksy love song Consider It Heaven that could easily have been penned by Willie. The older Nelson makes a brief appearance, inserting trademarked jazzy lines from his trusty Trigger acoustic guitar on the sweet Mystery.

Upcoming Releases - Pre-Order Your Copies Today!
MARK RONSON LATE NIGHT FEELINGS$11.99
MADONNA MADAME X$12.99
SANTANA AFRICA SPEAKS$12.99
BASTILLE DOOM DAYS$12.99
ZZ TOP GOIN' 50-$0.00
MO KEB OKLAHOMA$12.99
WILLIE NELSON RIDE ME BACK HOME$12.99
NELSON LUKAS & PROMISE OF THE REAL TURN OFF THE NEWS (BUILD A GARDEN)$12.99
BARONESS GOLD & GREY$0.00
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN WESTERN STARS$12.99
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