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Bro country approaches middle age.

1. Luke Bryan

Don’t let the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth album fool you; He’s still young at heart. Kill The Lights opens musing on trucks, tractors and partying. And the title-track fuses disco beats with country-pop. But “Just Over” reveals Bryan maturely handling a breakup while “Scarecrows” finds him accepting things that change and things that don’t. –Eric Shea

 

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Jay Pharoah impersonates everyone else while asking, Can I Be Me?

2. Jay Pharoah

The SNL veteran’s debut comedy album features a rapid-fire parade of the celebrity impressions he’s known for, alongside more personal tales of why he’s scared of Richard Sherman, his pre-fame gig working at Golden Corral, and how a shark attack ruined his relationship. –Kelly Anneken

 

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Diego on #MusicologistMonday

My name is Diego Gonzalez; I got my start in music long before I became a Music Curator at Pandora, it was probably the violin lessons beginning at the age of three. What was intended originally as a hobby became my life. I grew up with classical music, but my first musical obsession was The Beatles, whom I discovered on old LPs left over from my mom’s youth. Metal was my next obsession and since then it’s been a long road of radio shows, record stores, practices, shows, tours and now Pandora. I’ve played bass guitar for over 25 years in too many projects to count. Noteworthy gigs have included Citay, Vetiver and The Dry Spells. These days, I play bass in an improv rock band called 3 Leafs. I also compose music for solo recordings featuring the oud, an Arabic lute. I think of myself as chasing a thread through the landscape of the imagination.
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Quavo, Offset and Takeoff take the crown for Atlanta on Yung Rich Nation.

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Shining like a neck full of gold chains, Migos’ new album bounces between club hits and cookhouse anthems. With production from some of the hottest heavyweight beat-makers in the game, YRN shows off the family skills over hits from DJ Mustard, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin and Murda Beatz. –J Boogie

 

 

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Behold San Francisco’s best-kept indie rock secret.

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You probably won’t see Verst gracing the stages of those popular SF tastemaker festivals, but you should. Starship Crash is a noise-pop masterwork that infuses ‘90s sonic wizardry with innovative melodies, both barbed and sublime. Guitar effects whisperer John Dickey croons like Stephen Malkmus channeling Neil Young. There’s not one mediocre song here. –Eric Shea

 

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Artists To Watch at Outside Lands

pre-OSL 1This weekend will mark the eighth-annual Outside Lands Music Festival, held at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. For those who haven’t attended the festival before, it’s a three-day event showcasing music from a variety of genres.

We’re especially excited about this year because we’ve partnered up with OSL and have created a Ranger Dave-approved festival mixtape with must-hear tracks from artists performing this year and will be on site to meet you all. Be sure to stop by our pod and strike a pose at our photo booth, nab some swag, power up your devices, and discover your next favorite song

Our very own musicologist J Boogie gave us the low-down on his picks of artists you need to see. You can also catch him on Saturday @ 1:30pm at the Heineken House.

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The force is strong for Jeff Tweedy and co.

Wilco

Wilco fans were treated to the group releasing their ninth album for free online. Star Wars is the most experimental LP the veteran band has offered since A Ghost Is Born – from the spiky, distressed guitars of opening instrumental “EKG” to the stunningly hazy fugue state conjured by closer “Magnetized.” –Michelle Solomon

 

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Beloved British space rockers make an unexpected return.

Flying Saucer Attack

Flying Saucer Attack frontman David Pearce goes it alone on Instrumentals 2015, the first FSA release in 15 years – and a stunning collection of abstract sonic sketches. These impressionistic instrumentals smolder, shimmer and occasionally howl. They drift between pastoral twang, blurred prismatic thrum, keening feedback-drenched drone and hazy smears of soft-focus sound. –Andee Connors

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