"True Love," the third album from this five piece reggae outfit from Hampton Roads, throbs with rhythmic intensity and psychedelia and doesn't let up until they get their message of positivity and togetherness across.
Her new album's title,"Edgeland," is a term used to describe areas of the United States that fall between the urban centers and the rural countryside. It's the perfect metaphor for her hard-to-categorize music.
The former Talking Heads leader has released his first true solo album in 14 years "American Utopia" and says "These songs attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us ask ourselves-well, does it have to be like this? These songs are about that asking."
The Richmond, Virginia artist has released her second album, "Historian" and, as good as her debut was, the 22 year-old's music has grown by leaps and bounds and her understated confidence makes this an album that will be noticed all over the country.
Best known as keyboardist and percussionist for Bon Iver, on his third solo album "Hundred Acres" he has simplified his instrumentation in order to emulate the lyrics of these songs about simplicity and the power of nature.
"One Drop of Truth" has an irresistible friendliness to it, not only in Oliver Wood's quirky southern twang but the way the songs are unique to themselves, like enthralling stories told by a gifted raconteur.
"Rifles and Rosary Beads" is a powerful change in direction for the long-time singer songwriter. After eleven albums of mostly autobiographical songs, she has co-written all the songs with military men and women who are veterans of combat. It's an album unlike any other, directly tapping into the lives of those who protect this country.
The Swedish sisters of First Aid Kit could not have known that the "Metoo" phenomenon would be taking hold while they were recording their fourth album, "Ruins" but it is the perfect sound track for a movement that empowers women and encourages individuality.
Anderson East's second album, appropriately titled "Encore" is a hot mess of Rock, soul, blues, Americana and something that sets this 29-year-old apart from other newcomers, a voice roaring with emotion and experience
The unexpected comeback album, "American Dream" arrives following an equally surprising 7 year hiatus after releasing a trilogy of the some of the best dance rock of the 2000's. James Murphy's trepidation with getting older not withstanding, he is the hippest 40-something on the planet.