New Music

Music Director Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top pick for the week.

Robert Cray Band / That's What I Heard / Nozzle: His voice is maybe a bit reminiscent of Sam Cooke and his guitar is as sweet as ever on this new release and with a powerhouse band and a handful or original compositions along with Curtis Mayfield's "You'll Want Me Back," the whole thing is a treasure...

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges / Texas Sun / Dead Oceans: The Good News: The collaboration is magical, soulful and musically magnificent...The Bad News: only 4 tracks...You will be begging for more...But give thanks for "Texas Sun..."

Music From And Inspired by Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - A Film by Stanley Nelson / Columbia - A valuable listen for Jazz lovers and with the Various Commentaries (Herbie Hancock, Jimmie Heath, Carlos Santana, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and on and on...) an education and a delight!

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...

William Prince / Reliever / Glassnote: It's all about the love and a voice that will tell you all about it... Glassnote does it again, helping me discover a huge talent...

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...

G Love / The Juice / Philadelphonic: Gotta love G Love, "The Juice," Keb Mo, Marcus King, Roosevelt Collier, Robert Randolph, Ron Artis, and the upbeat and fun, but truly profound lyrics that will have you thinking, dancing, and listening again and again...

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...

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Girl Ray / Girl / Moshi Moshi: The 3 Girl Band from North London  offers up  their second release and with their love of Pop and R&B, they have created a unique sound beyond their years powered by synths, a sultry voice and maturing lyrics...

Karate Boogaloo / KB's Mixtape No. 2 / Hope Street: The Melbourne, Australia group and their "Unconventionl Funk" actually bend the genre limits with an Electronica leaning for Songs of the 80s that you may or may not recognize...But they are each and every one quite wonderful...

Kraz / Telescope / Feel Music: Eric Krasno (Of "SoulLive" & "Lettuce" fame, performing at The Blue Note, playing with the Grateful Dead, writing with 50 Cent and a whole lot more...) became "Kraz" for this 10 track Concept Album release, based on his many years living in a Brooklyn apartment, and with guest performances by Emily King and Son Little, every track is a winner and a wonder...

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...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release should bring a smile as Rachel Price, Singer/Songwriter of the band and Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray feature their love of the Traditional Jazz Vocalists of the 30s and 40s with 12 tracks (1o Originals by Vilray, and one track with pianist Jon Batiste!) - Rachel and Vilray shine...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release by the band's Singer/Songwriter Rachel Price and the Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray should bring a smile as the 12 tracks (10 originals by Vilray) showcase their love for the Traditional Vocal Jazz sound of the 30s and 40s - And Jon Batiste guests on piano on one track!

Kraak & Smaak / Pleasure Centre / Boogie Angst: The Trio from the Netherlands have been around for a while and their latest features 15 outstanding Electronic/Poppy/Funky/Danceable tracks thanks to their legendary musical production and the likes of Izo Fitzroy (The Best!), Ivar Vermeulen, Sanguita Akkrum...

Yung Bae / Bae 5 / Future Of Funk: The young producer from Portland will capture your attention with his own brand of Electronica/Dance/Funk/Disco... that manages to captivate with both lyrics and instrumentation - The collaborations prove danceable too...

Beth Hart / War In My Mind / Provogue: The woman with a pure Soul and a feel for the Real, Beth Hart is finally becoming known as  the SuperStar that she has always been, all the while baring and exposing and sharing that soul with her own words and brand of down and dirty Blues Rock...

Moon Boots / Bimini Road / Anjunadeep: Brooklyn Born and Chicago Based DJ Moon Boots fills the House with a Soulful/R&B/Disco/Club Groove sound that is infectious and lush - Nic Hanson, Niia, KONA,  Black Gatsby and a few others join the party...

Miles Davis / Rubberband / Rhino: Great back story regarding the lost tapes for "Rubberband" by Miles Davis  finally released by the original producers and Miles' nephew with guest appearances by Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi & Randy Hall  - Miles plays trumpet and keyboards and that voice appears periodically and will give you pause...Read the liner notes and give thanks...

Allman Betts Band / Down To The River / BMG: The next generation of the legendary family and sound manage to honor the past and keep the present perfect - Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley, Jr and their accompanying band (Chuck Leavell on piano on "Good Ol' Days") offer 9 tracks that will make you happy, sad, nostalgic and thoughtful...

Brothers Landreth / 87 / Birthday Cake-The Orchard: Take Bonnie Raitt's word for it: "I haven't liked a band as much as The Bros. Landreth in a long time. To hear this funky, southern style rock played with such soul and originality will knock you out."

The Teskey Brothers / Run Home Slow / Glassnote: The Melbourne, Australia brothers Josh (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar) and Sam (Lead Guitar) and their accompanying band members are definitely making a very Soulful, Bluesy move with their Retro R&B sound, reminiscent of past legendary voices, but with their very own original take...

Robert Randolph & The Family Band / Brighter Days / Provogue: Robert and his  Family can Rock, Play the Blues and with Gospel at their roots, they can get right down to it with powerful lyrics and that foot stomping feeling of salvation and hope for "Brighter Days..."

Charlie Wooton / Blue Basso / Wild Heart 

Louisiana born and raised, grounded in a Classical and Jazz background, the  master Bassist has been around and on this tribute to the legendary  Jaco Pastorious he is joined by Anders Osborne, Sonny Landreth, Damon Fowler and the vocalist Arsene Delay transforming 10 tracks into a Funk/Blues/R&B/Fusion  extravaganza...

Tuxedo / Tuxedo III / Funk On Sight: Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One collaborate with a great bunch of guests (MF DOOM, Parisalexa, Gabriel Garzon-Montana, Benny Sings...) and there is no way to sit through any one of the 11 tracks - A dance party with an Upbeat Funky message...

Neal Francis / Changes / Karma Chief: The Chicago-based piano prodigy has traveled a wild path and give thanks that he has survived and continues to cover a lot of territory with a Funk/Soul/New Orleans/R&B sound that he has managed to transform with his own heartbeat - And...Any artist that is on the Colemine label (Karma Chief is a subsidiary...) has to be The Best!

Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi / There Is No Other / Nonesuch

That American voice and her banjo and violin joined forces with the Mediterranean musician and his piano, accordian, lute, cello banjo, and exotic instruments - Produced by Joe Henry - Don't miss her amazing  traditional Puglian dialect on "Pizzica di San Vito..."

Black Pumas / Black Pumas / ATO: "Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan..." begins to tell the tale of the Texas based duo's debut release...Adrian Quesada (Grammy Award winning guitarist) and Eric Burton (Songwriter/Newcomer) manage to modernize a Soul Sound that is perfect for 10 tracks... (And feel free to follow it up with  Keb Mo's "Put A Woman In Charge" featuring Rosanne Cash!)

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