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    Neil Young Releases Unheard Acoustic Recordings From 1976 With ‘The Hitchhiker’

    For his thirty-eighth solo record, The Hitchhiker, Neil Young decided to go old school—literally. All the tracks featured on the acoustic album were recorded in a single day in 1976 and have languished in archives ever since. Though some of these tracks were reworked and appeared on later albums, such as Young’s seminal Rust Never […]

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    Gregg Allman Delivers Emotional Farewell On ‘Southern Blood’

    Gregg Allman lived life loudly and proudly, becoming one of the biggest rock stars of our time with the Allman Brothers Band. Today, his final album, Southern Blood, which was recorded as Allman’s health steadily declined, has been posthumously released, and the legendary musician’s memory and an air of finality permeate each track. While the world honors […]

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    Naughty Professor Welcomes Chali 2na, Ivan Neville, Benny Bloom, Dave Shaw, And More On ‘Identity’

    There is an old adage that says, “You can judge a person by the company they keep.” If you take that as a given, then Naughty Professor is clearly one of the funkiest collectives on the scene right now. On their latest release, Identity, the New Orleans-based outfit brought funk luminaries like Chali 2na of Jurrasic 5, […]

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    Tongues Unknown’s Self-Titled New Album Is A Looped And Layered Psychedelic Dream [Stream]

    Tongues Unknown is the musical project of multi-instrumentalist Connor Grant. Born in Chicago but based out of Brooklyn, Grant previously gained critical attention as the percussionist for The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger—the indie-rock band fronted by singer-songwriter Sean Lennon. Grant derived his moniker, Tongues Unknown, from a pamphlet handed to him by a self-described […]

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    Damian Marley R.O.A.R.s Back To Life, Welcomes Big Brother Stephen On New LP, “Stony Hill” [Stream]

    Stony Hill, the first new solo record from Jamaican hip hop/reggae artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley in 12 years, is a welcome return by the keenly observant youngest son of reggae revolutionary Bob Marley. The new project exudes a poignant mix of positive energy and brutal realism, with tracks that seem to hold a mirror up to both […]

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    Cage The Elephant Bravely Go ‘Unpeeled’ [Stream/Review]

    It’s been a big year for Cage The Elephant. This year, the group boasted a Grammy win, a well-received “Live And Unpeeled” tour earlier this year, and now, a new album, Unpeeled. Their winter tour served as a chance for the band to strip down and repurpose their songs, presenting more bare-bones remakings of some […]

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    The Southern Belles Add Layers Of Originality To Their Sound On ‘In The Middle Of The Night’

    The Southern Belles have crafted an enthralling album of songs that perfectly capture the spirit and flavor of seventies progressive rock while avoiding the pitfalls of derivation and imitation with their latest release, In the Middle of the Night. Leaping from style to style with smile-inducing confidence, The Southern Belles created a perfect playground for themselves […]

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    Santana And The Isley Brothers Show The Power Of Peace With New Collaborative Album

    The Isley Brothers and Carlos Santana effortlessly merge their sounds on their collaborative new album, Power Of Peace. This combination of a legendary vocal-based group and one of history’s most fiery guitar players is straight off any audiophile’s wishlist. While projects combining such long-standing musical forces sometimes fail due to issues with vision and ego, that is […]

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    Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Marco Benevento For Waterwheel’s 20th In Coney Island [Videos]

    For the last off-night of Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run, friends and phamily gathered at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk to celebrate The Waterwheel Foundation’s 20th anniversary. Brooklyn’s own Marco Benevento got the night started off with his currently-touring trio, bringing his punchy indie rock to the breezy Brooklyn boardwalk for a short but sweet 45 minute set. […]

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    Yonder’s New Album, ‘Love. Ain’t Love,’ Is Packed With Love, Actually [Review]

    On Love. Ain’t Love, Yonder Mountain String Band finds plenty of new twists on the way to making a stellar record. Their previous release, Black Sheep, served as an introduction to the newest members of the group and the energy their new band configuration brought to the group. With the niceties out of the way, […]

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