What's New 10-1-21

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Daptone

Daptone celebrates 20 years of soulful music with Live at the Apollo. The album brings the electrifying performances that helped put Daptone on the map directly to your living room! Featuring live sets from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Naomi Shelton, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr, The Sugarman 3, as well as em-cee, Binky Griptite.

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Better Noise

Asking Alexandria teams up for the first time with Better Noise Music for their seventh studio album, See What's On the Inside. The band returns with a revival and a rebirth after spending the winter of 2021 living in the studio, the first time they had spent an extended period alone together writing and recording in over a decade. The product is the truest album by the band yet.

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Elektra

Inspired by the mining of her own history while writing this year’s #1 New York Times Best Selling memoir Broken Horses, In These Silent Days chronicles acceptance, faith, loss and love and channel icons like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Joni Mitchell - the latter two who, by some sort of cosmic alignment of the stars, have turned out to be close friends in addition to being her biggest heroes and inspirations.

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Universal

The first live album from the legendary duo in 25 years, recorded across tour dates at The Beacon Theatre, The Met Philadelphia, and other notable venues. Featuring new, live renditions of “Hey Nineteen,” “Aja,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” and many other timeless classics from their decades-long, Rock and Roll Hall Fame career.

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Universal

With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in a reflective mood, conveying a palpable sense of isolation, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly dedicated "to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines". A highly personal project, Outsider's instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his vocals matching the mood-piece atmosphere.

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Sunday Best

Francis’ warm, affable melodies and comforting lyrics from his acclaimed debut earned him fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and now he returns with his sophomore album Wanderkid, a concept album about a wandering anti-hero. Wanderkid hones in on JW’s dreamy soundscapes and explores themes of escapism, whilst still maintaining that sense of comfort and intimacy so beautifully demonstrated in his debut.

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Galacticana

To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved here. With clean sounds, Jeff Lynne-esque acoustics, and sophisticated songwriting, Showalter presents a more poised and pop-leaning release. It’s a stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment -- a triumph in music making and a preeminent addition to the Strand of Oaks discography.

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Home Records

Asleep At The Wheel is celebrating their 50th Anniversary with nineteen tracks feature original and current band members alongside guest artists (Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris). Includes eleven new songs with the original band members, a handful of songs from the vaults and many more

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BMG

In 2013, Etheridge found herself back with her original band giving decades-old songs a new life, aiming to put together a box set. Later she would part ways with her label and the box set shelved. That is, until 2020 when she was sorting through old files to share with fans on Etheridge TV's Friday Night Time Machine show. The time was finally right. Fans will finally get a deeper glimpse to who Melissa was then.

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Grand Jury

The Austin indie folk duo make their Grand Jury debut with True Love. Recorded over winter 2020 in LA with Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Bon Iver, etc.), this album is about growth and nostalgia. Both band members got married. One had a kid. They’ve found themselves individually away from the band, but settling into their most creatively fertile moment as a duo.

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Republic

Marked by unfettered anger and a more roaring sound, Crusher’s musicality and overall look are a direct response to Zucker’s 2020 debut Love is Not Dying. If its older sibling was a bit more morose in tone and lyrics thanks to themes of heartbreak, Crusher is coming to terms with that—and getting furious in the process, like a musical “to hell with it.”

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Empire

Originally released in 2005, Libra is the sixth studio album by R&B superstar Toni Braxton. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold shortly after its release. Featuring the hit single, "Please," Libra marks a well-received return to form for Braxton, with a mix of impressive ballads and uptempo material, rich in serene and mellow tunes.

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