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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

Kendrick Lamar changes the world of hip-hop with an emotionally charged, organic masterpiece. 

This Black Hippy goes deep, dark and soulful into his hometown of Compton. It’s as if The Soulquarians took acid and decided to resurrect J-Dilla, jazz ghosts and good poetry. To Pimp a Butterfly stretches the boundaries of hip-hop into the roots of revolution.

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Oakland heavy rock quartet Queen Crescent spins sonic gold from the looms of prog and proto-metal.

The awesome women comprising Queen Crescent effortlessly blend late ‘60s progressive rock with Indonesian, Turkish, Mexican and West African psychedelic rock of the ‘70s to create a sound that’s even more incredible than that short-lived time when Tony Iommi played guitar for Jethro Tull.

 

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First record in eight years from this much beloved indie rock outfit. 

Even after nearly twenty years, Modest Mouse’s sound remains utterly distinctive, and a decade on from their last album, almost exactly what you might expect. Jagged, brooding and funky, Strangers To Ourselves is painted in muted shades of moody downer pop and brilliant bursts of effervescent indie jangle.

 

Country hopeful RaeLynn brings the dazzle from her performances on The Voice into the recording studio. 

Inspired by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, 19-year-old RaeLynn was actually mentored by Shelton while she appeared as a contestant on The Voice. “For A Boy” showcases her flirty, raspy inflections set to amorous lyrics and barbed melodies, sung over a prominent banjo.

 

Tame Impala aims for the dance floor?

Excellent songwriting and stellar production made Tame Impala a beloved indie rock act. New single, “Let It Happen,” departs from the guitar-based style established on previous releases. Synths do the heavy lifting, which when coupled with an infectious beat, gives the song a fresh sound that still retains everything great about this band!

 

Emmy-winning comic Sara Schaefer breaks out of her cocoon.

Chrysalis is the debut album for the former host of MTV’s Nikki & Sara Live, and Schaefer brings the funny with her sly, wry delivery. Leading off with a misleading “Grammy” chant, Schaefer transitions seamlessly between classic joke structure and longer-form humorous storytelling. The phrase “hot kegels” is a high point.

“The Business Of Emotion” is one of many upcoming surprises for Big Data fans.

Following up to the number one hit “Dangerous,” electronic music project Big Data dives into industrial/synth pop territory. On “The Business Of Emotion,” the lyrics provide commentary on digital obsession. This newest single features guest vocals by White Sea, better known as Morgan Kibby of M83.