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Resonance: Weekly Curator Picks

 Rap and EDM party together at the strip club.

On “Drop That Kitty,” Ty Dolla $ign brings the Auto-Tuned raps; Tinashe sings the hook while Charli drops her sassy suburban chants. All of this sexual energy is expertly draped over a DJ Mustard-esque beat that sounds tailor-made for the strip club. Drop that indeed!

 

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CURATOR’S CHOICE

Sir Richard Bishop finds inspiration in a guitar from the 1890s!

Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) was so captivated by an old guitar he bought in Geneva that he took it on tour to Tangier and recorded this album on his nights off. Virtuosic, diverse and intimate; The Tangier Sessions will resonate with fans of beautiful acoustic guitar music.

 

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Dig the first standalone album from legendary director/composer, John Carpenter

In the spirit of his iconic soundtracks (They Live, Halloween, Escape From New York, etc.), Lost Themes could be the score to some unreleased modern Carpenter masterpiece. It’s moody, gloomy, haunting and harrowing with pulsing synths, ominous drones and some surprisingly rocking moments reminiscent of ‘70s Italian horror film soundtracks.

 

Influential Brit-pop band Blur preview their first album in 12 years.

Surprising fans in late February with the announcement of a comeback, the 1990s Anglo darlings debuted the brooding, funked-up new single “Go Out” (featuring the band’s original lineup). Their album The Magic Whip is slated to drop in April and is their first studio offering since 2003’s Think Tank.

 

Yo quiero más tropical.

Trying to pin down an origin for the Quitapenas sound is dizzying. Pacific coast of Colombia? Atlantic coast of Nicaragua? Guyana? No. They’re from SoCal, of course. On their self-titled full length, they run through one Afro-Latin-Caribbean dance floor burner after another – resurrecting a sound that largely only exists in the grooves of worn out vinyl.

 

Americana’s ambassador cuts a bluesy divorce album.

Seven is a lucky number for some. But it was his seventh divorce that found Steve Earle writing songs that would form the foundation of Terraplane. These aren’t lonesome, self-pitying dirges. Earle has recorded the kinds of songs to play when you’re ready to cut your losses and hit the roadhouses and bars.

 

As usual, Nick Di Paolo takes no prisoners and commits Another Senseless Killing.

The Massachusetts native slays at the Minneapolis Acme Comedy Club with his trademark combination of rage and wit. In this brand-new hour special, Di Paolo suggests innovative, West Side Story-inspired home security practices, cautions against the perils of online dating and totally eviscerates Generation Facebook.