KVNF New Music

Ya Tseen - Indian Yard - SubPop: Nicholas Galanin (aka Ya Tseen), native Tlingit & Unangax of Alaska is an artist of boundless range...Music, Art, Activism...With Shabazz Palaces and Nick Hakim on this release, a nod to Sun Ra, a tune sung in Yupik...Each and every one of the  11 tracks  speak profoundly  and beautifully to Indigenous Relevance in our world today...

Bartees Strange / Live Forever / Memory Music: Released a while back, the 11 tracks on the debut from the English born and DC based musician lend a helping hand to the Black/White question mark looming in the sky with profound lyrics and a rich blend of Rock, Rap, Soul, Folk, Jazz that will have you rewinding and relistening and rethinking...

The Big Takeover / Spilling Water / The Big Takeover: The NY-based band features Jamaican-born lead singer NeeNee Rushie and the 7-piece group  honor the  tradition of Desmond Dekker and the  Reggae/Ska/Rock Steady sound - Add a little Retro Soul/Pop mix up for an upbeat, need-to-dance encounter through 13 thoroughly enjoyable, loveable tracks...

Kori Stanton

Violinist Sarah Off stopped by KVNF's Bamboo Room to debut several pieces from her new release "Alone." The new album was composed by North Fork Valley's Dylan Fixmer and recorded by Daniel Be.

Dumpstaphunk / Where Do We Go From Here / Funk Garage: Continuing their New Orleans family legacy, cousins Ivan and Ian Neville and their explosive  band,  joined here by Marcus King on the Buddy Miles 70's anthem "United Nations Stomp" bring their own brand of Funk Fusion to the table and how fulfilling, important  and fun!

Jon Batiste / We Are / Verve: Gotta love the multi-talented musician that can cover a range of musical genres (Jazz, Soul, Funk, Blues...), culture, important topics and have fun doing it... With guests like Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Zadie Smith, Steve Jordan and more... the message is profound and perfect...

Dirty Projectors / 5 EPs / Domino: Originally based in Brooklyn and now in LA, the ever shifting band led by Dave Longstreth offers up 20 tracks from "5 EPs" with lead vocals in each segment from a different member of the group and the 5th a full band collaboration...Acoustic, Folk, Soul, Electronica, Orchestral, Bossa Nova, Pop...Quite fulfilling...

Joe Bonamassa / Royal Tea / J&R Adventures: Recorded at Abbey Road Studio in London in January 2020, the new solo studio album from the brilliant musician pays homage to his Brit guitar heroes (Clapton, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Cream...) and with 10 original tracks, he "moved forward knowing that music is the universal language and has proven to be healing in the past and trusting that it proves to be a healing force going into the future..." Indeed!

Del Shamen / Del Shamen /Del Shamen: Gotta love the talent, history  and great sound of this Colorado collaboration with the wild name...The 10 track release from the 5 piece group of a few good old boys from The Subdudes, Firefall, and Hot Rize cover a whole lot of territory and will make you Colorado Proud...

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings / Just Dropped In... / DapTone: Sharon Jones' passing in 2016 was a huge loss but with the release of "Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Rendition Was In" we have the great joy of that voice again with 13 songs...memorable covers and 5 never before heard tracks...Many were originally created for movies, TV and commercials and represent the infinite talent and reach of the stellar group led by the tiny powerhouse, as well as their studio and their label...Sharon left a strong, soulful legacy and we have to be very, very grateful for that...

Raye Zaragoza / Woman In Color / Rebel River: The  Japanese-American, Mexican, Indigenous songbird and wordsmith delivers a powerful message (on her own independent label!) of identity, social consciousness and loving kindness...Once described as "one of the most politically relevant artists in her genre..." she presents a strong case with the likes of "The It Girl" and "Fight Like A Girl..."

Thelonious Monk / Palo Alto Album / Impulse: A story that will make you feel good! In 1968 the legendary Jazz Pianist & Composer and his all star quartet performed a "surprise" concert at Palo Alto High at the request of a 16 year old student (amid a volatile political climate!), and the result (recorded by the school janitor!) ..."is one of the best live recordings I've ever heard by Thelonious" stated by TS Monk, Thelonious's son...There is a podcast covering the story and the music as well... Great Music and Great Kindness...

Lianne La Havas / Lianne La Havas / Nonesuch: The British Phenom Singer of Greek and Jamaican heritage  released her third album after a five year hiatus and the soul searching, growth  and evolution are evident in  every track... Her guitar playing and that sultry voice  move through a Soulful, Jazzy, Powerful statement from beginning to end...

Toots And The Maytals / Got To Be Tough / Trojan Jamaica: The Jamaican legend has been around from the time of Ska, written a few anthems, been imprisoned, and he continues to  speak out in a profound, danceable, joyful, active manner...

My Morning Jacket / The Waterfall II /ATO: Jim James had enough material for 2 albums when recording "The Waterfall"  in 2015 and the "lost album" was resurrected at the right time in 2020! 11 Tracks that ring true then and now - The voice and the band and the profound lyrics and the comfort offered are a welcome musical track for the planet's current wild ride...

David Ramirez / My Love Is A Hurricane / Sweet World - Thirty Tigers: A little angst and a lot of love from the talented and introspective Austin, Texas Artist...

Angela Munoz / Adrian Younge Presents Angela Munoz - Introspection / Linear Labs : Adrian Younge always Presents the Best with his analog recording style and the 18 year old phenom from LA is indeed a beautiful talented, uplifting, hopeful, wondrous artist...

Long Beach Dub Allstars / Long Beach Dub Allstars /Regime: With the long ago connection to the band "Sublime," LBDAS formed  in 1997 and have now regrouped with their first release in 19 years with a strong mix of Reggae, Dub, Ska, Southern California Garage Band sound, great lyrics of positivity and dance floor groove...

Indigo Girls / Look Long / Rounder: The Grammy Winning duo is back with their first studio album in 5 years  with their recognizable and nostalgic harmonies...Their music is important and their social and political, unrelenting activism is equally important...

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes / What Kinda Music / Blue Note:  A remarkable collaboration with musicians extraordinaire Tom Misch and  Yussef Dayes, blending their individual talents and a compelling  Jazzy, HipHoppy, Electronica vibe...

Nick Leng / Lemons / SOTA: The debut LP from the South African born, LA based Magical MusicSmith will grab you from the opening track and carry you along with a sweetness and a strength  for 11 tracks...

David Bromberg / Big Road / Red House: The Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Songwriter has been around a long time and with his stellar band, he continues to expand horizons with 12 new tracks accompanied by DVD for listening and viewing enjoyment...

Pokey LaFarge / Rockbottom Rhapsody / New West: Ever impossible to categorize by genre, Pokey and his multi-piece ensemble cover a lot of territory with his talented songwriting and the guitars, keyboards, percussion, strings and of course the irresistible, unique and energizing vocals...

Izo Fitzroy / How The Mighty Fall / Jalapeno: Been waiting for the Sultry Soul Songstress to release her next album and she does not disappoint with 11 tracks filled with that voice covering Blues/R&B/Gospel/ Funk/Jazz with an ease and energy that is both graceful and raw...

Nicolas Godin / Concrete and Glass / Because Music: The cofounder of "Air" has created a lush, synthy opus with the sultry vocals of Alexis Taylor ("Hot Chip"), Kadhja Bonet, Kirin J Callahan and Kate NV adding a mysterious, magical vibe...

Marcus King / Eldorado / Fantasy: The 23 year old Guitar Phenom (And what a voice!) and Producer Extraordinaire Dan Auebach offer 12 co-written tunes to be played over and over: "A Contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country soul..." Check it out...Check every track out...

Albare / Albare Plays Jobim / Alfi: A mellow beginning to 2020 with the Moroccan/Israeli/French  guitarist and composer honoring the legendary Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz maestro...

SUGAR’S TOP 50 FAVORITES  OF 2019 (In No Particular Order)

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX                                     CRY

NICK WATERHOUSE                                             NICK WATERHOUSE

MICHAEL FRANTI                                                  STAY HUMAN VOL II

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND                                   SIGNS

GALACTIC                                                                  ALREADY READY ALREADY

RYAN BINGHAM                                                     AMERICAN LOVE SONG

Allen Stone / Building Balance / ATO: You will definitely hear the Stevie Wonder influence in Allen Stone's voice and groove, but with a background in the Church his own brand of BlueEyed Soul is all his own...

Grace Potter / Daylight / Fantasy: A new solo album from the Singer/Songwriter that can Rock, get Bluesy and make you think...

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