Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard record an album together for the first time in 32 years.

Willie_NelsonNot since 1983’s Pancho & Lefty has the Red Headed Stranger and The Hag stepped into a studio and cut an entire album together. Django and Jimmie (named for the two outlaws’ childhood heroes) sounds as timeless as their previous long-player, albeit more weathered. –Eric Shea

 

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Slow your roll on the streets of South Side Los Angeles and roll one up tight for the new Dom Kennedy.

Dom_KennedyWest Coast rhymes over soulful beats floating in the sunshine. The next generation of hip-hop knows how to kill it over any tempo, so lean back and vibe out to By Dom Kennedy. –J Boogie

 

 

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Music Monday: Weekly Curator Picks

933_MusicMonday_Blog Your Old Droog mines his Coney Island home for dirty rock loops and fiery rhymes.

Your_Old_DroogOften compared to old school MCs Nas, Big L and Kool G Rap; Your Old Droog resurrects classic lyricism with a new flavor. Thick New York accents dropping rock references over production from beat masters DJ Skizz, El RTNC and Marco Polo on Kinison. –J Boogie

 

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CURATOR’S DISCOVERY

Thee Oh Sees continue to kick out the frazzled garage jams on their fourteenth (!) release.

Thee_Oh_SeesWith the mellow haze of last year’s Drop putting an end to the band’s brief hiatus, frontman John Dwyer and a muscular new line-up produce more fuzzed up, Nuggets-like finery on Mutilator Defeated At Last – adding yet another gem to their extensive discography. –Michelle Solomon

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Trey Songz traps out his soul on Intermission I & II

Trey_SongsA perfect combination of spacey sub-bass and slow-jams, Intermission is made for chilling with your boo. Dim the lights and drop the BPMs with Trigga. This 12-track LP features the first five songs from the original Intermission EP plus seven more, including “How Could You Forget” featuring Pusha T. –JBoogie

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

You probably won’t ever meet anyone who doesn’t like this song.

Marc_AnthonyWith “La Gozadera, Gente De Zona and Marc Anthony dropped the Pan-Latino anthem of the summer, the year and (dare we say) the decade. Get ready to hear “La Gozadera” on repeat for the next five years. The time is now for GDZ, and they are taking full advantage. –Marcos Juarez

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Snoop Dogg sparks up and sings his way into your heart with BUSH.

Snoop_DoggProduced by Pharrell, the DPG gets you dancing with Gwen Stefani, singing with Stevie Wonder and pop lockin’ with uncle Charlie Wilson. Snoop passes the blunt to Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar and T.I. for some high-grade guest verses. Let your freak out and get down to BUSH. –J. Boogie

 

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Warm Soda continues to evoke teenage fantasy with tasty new LP.

Warm_sodaSymbolic Dream is the ex-Oakland band’s first record since songwriter, singer and guitar player Matthew Melton moved to Austin in 2014. Regardless of location, his warm confectionary power-pop hasn’t changed. With catchy hooks and sing-along choruses aplenty, Warm Soda’s fizzy energy has yet to go flat. –Michelle Solomon

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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Lyrics Born struts to New Orleans to jam with some jazz veterans.

Lyrics_BornJoining forces with Galactic, Ivan Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty; LB MCs over a heavy dose of funk and rock from the big easy. The result is happy, silly and crazy – making you want to get up and boogie. Sing along with the Real People. –J. Boogie

 

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Best Coast return with a heavier, more polished sound on this sonic love letter to their home state (and the state of mind it inspires).

Best_CoastThis time around, the guitars are crunchier, the drums more pounding and Bethany Cosentino’s vocals more commanding. California Nights borrows liberally from ‘90s alt-rock, fusing squalls of shoegaze swirl to the group’s warm, fuzzy jangle. –Andee Connors

 

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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

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The duality of country and rock is further explored.

Jekyll_Hyde“Beautiful Drug” opens Jekyll + Hyde with its crosshairs aimed square at Top 40’s jugular. For just over three minutes you’ll think Zac Brown Band has gone shopping mall pop until “Loving You Easy” follows with their signature roots-rock sound. Their cover of Jason Isbell’s “Dress Blues” is top shelf Americana. –Eric Shea

 

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After two decades, these nineties Texan noise-rockers return with what might be their best record yet.

CherubsOn the surface, Cherubs seem to be taking up right where 1994’s Heroin Man left off; all super-distorted guitars and monster drumming. But on 2 Ynfynyty, the group adds surprisingly melodic vocals and hooks galore, resulting in some serious (noise) pop song craft. –Andee Connors

 

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Your favorite rap stoners celebrated 420 by breaking Prohibition for the second time. 

Berner & B-RealCypress Hill’s B-Real joins Bay Area slanger Berner for the follow-up to the immensely popular Prohibition. Guests Sage the GeminiB-Legit and Scarface roll one for the crew. Prohibition Part 2 by Berner & B-Real drifts from LA to the Bay with some slow-burning west coast beats. –J. Boogie

 

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Here’s looking at shoe, kid!

Shana_FalanaThere was a time in the early ‘90s when San Francisco was America’s shoegazing capital. Shana Falana lived there when local bands hoarded effect pedals and The Brian Jonestown Massacre played regular “Soundgasm” residencies. With its gauzy guitars and wistful vocals, Set Your Lightning Fire Free sounds like a sonic celebration of Falana’s Barbary Coastal roots. –Eric Shea

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Next Wave Woman: Nicki Bluhm

Nicki Bluhm and her band infuse timeless Americana with R&B grooves, soulful emotiveness and a pop sophistication that contrasts complex musicianship with catchy melodies. Where many rootsy musicians are content to recreate the past, Nicki’s music innovatively blends multiple elements into her own inimitable tone.

1029_Women_Leadership_NickiLike many talents of the 21st century, Nicki Bluhm was discovered on YouTube. She and her band The Gramblers are music lovers and music lifers – they even play and record songs while riding in their van between gigs. After posting a “van session” cover of the Hall & Oates hit “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” the video is currently approaching three million views.
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