New Release: Marcus Miller – ‘Renaissance’

 

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Jazz musician and two time Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller today released his new album, Renaissance. In the above video, Marcus speaks on the background of the album and shares his recording process with us.

About inspiration of the album’s title and theme, Marcus says:

“The last of our heroes are checking out and we are truly entering a new era. Politically, things have polarized and are coming to a head. Musically, we’ve got all these cool ways to play and share music – MP3 files, internet radio and satellite radio – but the music is not as revolutionary as the media. It’s time for a rebirth.”

Enter our contest to win Renaissance.

Marcus Miller – “Jekyll & Hyde” [MP3]
 

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Album artwork and tour dates after the jump

New Track: Medeski Martin & Wood – “Doppler” + Tour Dates

 

Modern jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood have just announced their upcoming album, Free Magic, which will drop on September 25. Below, we’ve got a preview of the sounds to come via the meditative fourteen minute track, “Doppler.”

The group shares about the album,

This stuff brings it back to when we used to hang out in this rented shack in Hawaii and make music together,” says Martin of the music on Free Magic. “It was really just a little plywood cabin in the jungle with a tin roof. John had a prepared piano there that sounded like a gamelan instrument and I had these funky drums that had mold growing on them, or I might play the side of the shack or play the railing going up the stairs and make it sound like a xylophone. And we’d get into a lot of different stuff there, just having musical conversations in this intimate setting.

Tour Dates
10/03 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts
10/04 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/05 – Boston, MA – Jordan Hall
10/06 – Albany, NY – Massry Center for the Arts
10/07 – Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods
10/08 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
10/10 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
10/11 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
10/12 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
10/13 – Washington, DC – Kennedy Center
10/14 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Tavern

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Video: The Mynabirds – “Disarm”

 

Take it to the Oregon woods for the new The Mynabirds video for “Disarm.” The black and white video evokes a strong mood with its gritty contrast, blown out tones, fire flares, blurs and mysterious overlays. The trance it puts you into is certainly disarming to say the least.

Tour Dates
Wed-Jul-25, Memphis, TN, Hi-Tone Cafe
Thu-Jul-26, New Orleans, LA, Circle Bar
Fri-Jul-27, Houston, TX, Rudyard’s
Sat-Jul-28, Austin, TX, The Mohawk
Mon-Jul-30, Phoenix, AZ, The Crescent Ballroom
Tue-Jul-31, Los Angeles, CA, Satellite Club
Wed-Aug-01, San Francisco, CA, Cafe du Nord
Fri-Aug-03, Seattle, WA, Barboza
Sat-Aug-04, Happy Valley, OR, Pickathon
Sun-Aug-05, Happy Valley, OR, Pickathon
Tue-Aug-07, Boise, ID, Neurolux
Wed-Aug-08, Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
Thu-Aug-09, Denver, CO, Hi Dive
Sat-Aug-11, Omaha, NE, MAHA Music Festival
Fri-Aug-24, Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
Sat-Aug-25, Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box *
Mon-Aug-27, Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre *
Tue-Aug-28, Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater *
Wed-Aug-29, Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head *
Thu-Aug-30, Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls *

* w/ Okkervil River

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New Track: Meshell Ndegeocello – “Be My Husband” + MP3 & New Nina Simone Tribute Album

 

The marvelous Meshell Ndegeocello will be making her 10th studio album a dedication to the timeless Nina Simone. Called Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), Meshell and her band rework several of Nina’s classics. The guest lineup is quite drool-worthy as well, which you can find in the tracklist below. As Meshell describes it, the album is “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience.”

Also below, enjoy “Be My Husband” featuring Valerie June as a free download.

Pour une âme souveraine Track List
1. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. Suzanne
3. Real Real feat. Toshi Reagon
4. House of the Rising Sun feat. Toshi Reagon
5. Turn Me On
6. Feelin’ good
7. Don’t Take All Night feat. Sinead O’Connor
8. Nobody’s Fault But Mine feat. Lizz Wright
9. Be My Husband feat. Valerie June
10. Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair feat. Valerie June
11. See Line Woman feat. Tracy Wannomae
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black feat. Cody ChesnuTT
14. Four Women

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Tour dates after the jump

Video: Selah Sue – “This World” (Live at Zénith) + Tour Dates

 

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Belgian soulful pop artist Selah Sue blends reggae and funk to create a memorable sound with her awesome raspy vocals as we’ve seen in her videos. With her already internationally multi-platinum self-titled debut album set for a US release on August 21, Selah is ramping up to take folks by storm on her upcoming tour.

Kicking off September 17, Selah will be hitting the road with famed Ed Sheeran on the VH1 You Oughta Know Tour. Dates are below. Check the video above to see what’s in store for a live Selah show – massive vibes.

Tour Dates

September
17- Toronto, ON- Echo Beach *
18- Montreal, QC- Olympia de Montréal *
19- Boston, MA- House of Blues *
21- New York, NY- Terminal 5 *
22- Washington, DC- 9:30 Club *
23- Philadelphia, PA- River Stage *
25- Chicago, IL- Riviera Theatre *
26- Minneapolis, MN- State Theatre *
28- Denver, CO- Bluebird Theatre *

October
01- Los Angeles, CA- The Wiltern *
02- San Diego, CA- House Of Blues *
04- Vancouver, BC- Quean Elizabeth Theatre *
05- Portland, OR- Roseland Theatre *
06- Seattle, WA- The Showbox SoDo *

* with Ed Sheeran

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