May 10, 2010
Emerson Brown, NPR
FROM THE BLACK KEYS, CROOKED STILL,
THE CLAUDIA QUINTET, HARVEY MILK AND TRACEY THORN
"EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTENS" AVAILABLE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC
The Black Keys: After exploring a different groove with its hip-hop project Blakroc, the acclaimed rock duo returns to its bluesy roots for its sixth studio album, Brothers: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126607501
Crooked Still: The young band moves American roots music forward while keeping a foot firmly planted in traditional bluegrass on its newest effort, Some Strange Country: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126532560
The Claudia Quintet: Led by drummer John Hollenbeck, the experimental jazz group continues to push the limits of the genre on its fifth release, Royal Toast: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126612286
Harvey Milk: The underground metal band callously (and probably gleefully) buries the expectations set by its last album under the seven sludgy and dense tracks on its latest, A Small Turn of Human Kindness: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126561366
Tracey Thorn: The former vocalist of the popular dance-pop duo Everything But the Girl returns with a new solo album called Love and Its Opposite: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126612091
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