New Release: Valerie June – ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’

 

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The stunning and much buzzed about singer/songwriter Valerie June today drops her debut album Pushin’ Against A Stone. Co-writing 10 of the 11 tracks, June recorded the album with the help of some incredible producers, including Dan Auerbach, Kevin Augunas, and Peter Sabak. The sound created is a unique blend of roots, country, rock, and blues.

Watch the album teaser below to get a taste for the music and exactly how the lovely lady gets down.

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Video: Valerie June – ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’ Teaser

 

The ever so charming New York and Tennessee based singer/songwriter Valerie June shares with us some of the journey that’s led her up to her upcoming album, Pushin’ Against A Stone. The sound can be described as blues, folk, country, and thanks to our man Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who is helping with songwriting and production, some good old soulful rock-n-roll, too.

Gotta love a good hearty musical stew. The album drops May 6 in the UK.

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New Track: Gary Clark Jr. – “Numb”

 

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This guy is so damn cool. First time we saw him was at SXSW 2012 when he buzzed about with his eleventy-billion showcases, murderating stage after stage. Hailed by the press as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix after wowing crowds for the last couple years going hard on the festival circuit, Gary Clark Jr. is that dude.

The newest single from his upcoming album, Blak and Blu comes in the form of a distorted, gritty wonderland called “Numb” and carries a vocal style reminding us a but of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys fame. No going wrong with that, either.

The first single, “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” was released in September and has a crispier, poppier, high energy vibe. The man boasts variety – go ‘head, boo.

Look for Blak and Blu on October 22, and the meantime take a peek at Gary’s fashion spread in the August/September issue of Vibe, which happens to be shot by our editor, Seher Sikandar. Pretty rad!

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New Track: Michael Kiwanuka & Dan Auerbach – “Lasan”

 

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Two dreamy musicians have conspired to make some pleasing music they have come to call “Lasan.” The gentlemen we speak of are Michael Kiwanuka and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys). The song is enough to make this Wednesday feel like a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Michael’s debut album, Home Again drops on March 12th in the UK.

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