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Music Releases 07-30-21

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Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with the bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce the album. The Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America combines the 2LP and CD versions of the album with a never before released Blu-Ray of Prince’s full April 28, 2011 performance at the Forum, part of the Welcome 2 America Tour’s historic 21 Nite Stand in Los Angeles. The show is presented in stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atmos, and includes 24 tracks from across Prince’s career, from his biggest hits to fan favorites to ten rare covers. In addition, the deluxe edition features a 32 page 12x12 book, exclusive poster and an embossed vellum envelope of limited edition memorabilia all housed in a luxe, gold embossed package. Experienced as a complete package, the Deluxe Edition provides an immersive view of Prince’s creative genius during his spontaneous, energetic, and thought-provoking Welcome 2 America era.

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Parker McCollum will be releasing his major label debut- Gold Chain Cowboy on MCA Nashville on July 30th.  He is born and raised in the Houston-TX market and has been based in Austin-TX since he released is first independent single and EP in 2013.  He has performed and will headline numerous radio station festivals during the summer.  The 10 Tracks on his debut album will feature the #1 Platinum-"Pretty Heart" and his current Top 40 hit- "To Be Loved By You". 

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The Deluxe Edition of Street Venom captures the fiery beginnings of one of LA's most exciting and inspirational underground rock bands while bolstering the sound with a new mix and a remaster
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Limited triple vinyl LP pressing. More pervasive than a virus, anxiety and urgency has spread across our physical and virtual landscapes. The air of the present moment find parallels on the newest body of work by Son Lux. On Tomorrows, Ryan Lott, Rafiq Bhatia, and Ian Chang train their sights on volatile principles: imbalance, disruption, collision, redefinition. But for all of it's instability, Tomorrows' exploration of breaking points and sustained frictional places is ultimately in service of something rewarding and necessary: the act of questioning, challenging, tearing down and actively rebuilding one's own identity. Arriving at a time of considerable uncertainty in the world, Tomorrows is ambitious in scope and intent. Born of an active, intentional approach to shaping sound, the music reminds us of the necessity of questioning assumptions, and of sitting with the tension.
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Los Angeles based band, Los Lobos, have always been inspired by their surroundings and the place they call home. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. With Native Sons the band set out to showcase all of these influences with their own take on the songs of Los Angeles from some of the cities greatest songwriters. Native Sons features 13-songs from well known LA artists such as Buffalo Springfield, WAR, Jackson Browne and the Beach Boys as well as deep cuts from the Jaguars, The Basters and The Premiers. The album title track is the sole original composition written by the band. 

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• 180 gram yellow splatter colored vinyl
• Originally released April, 19th 2011 
• Showcases Brian’s legendary and world-class skills as a musician.
• Features “Go-Go Godzilla!” from the official Soul Surfer soundtrack.

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Private Space, the group’s third album, is a previously untapped vibe at the heart of The Indications. Pushing beyond the boundaries of the funk and soul on their previous releases, Private Space unlocks the door to a wider range of sounds and launches boldly into a world of synthy modern soul and disco beats dotted with strings. It’s an organic, timeless record that’s as fresh as clean kicks and familiar as your favorite well-worn LP. Developed after being apart for much of the year, Private Space is creatively explosive and delights in upending expectations. Its 10 tracks are both an escapist fantasy and a much-needed recentering after a tumultuous 2020. Throughout, The Indications highlight a collective resiliency – as well as the power of a good song to be a light in the darkness.

Durand Jones & The Indications have long provided the soulful soundtrack for such deep thoughts, both on stage and on your turntable. But as the world slowly resets from the chaos of the past year, Durand Jones & The Indications’ Private Space is arriving at just the right time.

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2021 release. Just as their critically acclaimed 2020 album Out of Body impacted audiences, Needtobreathe capitalized on a rush of inspiration and rode the wave of creativity with the writing and recording of Into The Mystery. Without telling a soul, the band decamped to a historic house-turned-recording studio in Columbia, TN to begin working on new music. Over the course of three weeks, they resided under one roof, laughed during meals, explored their surroundings, and recorded together with co-producer and engineer Konrad Snyder and special guests, Carrie Underwood, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) and Natalie Hemby (The Highwomen). Out of this de facto creative hub and "extended summer camp," they handcrafted an album reflective of the moment, yet independent of all expectations-even their own.
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Third Man will be releasing a 7" called "Pussy Mask" from Peaches on 6/25. Legendary feminist icon, musician, producer, artist, and "peerless iconoclast" (Elle) Peaches has always been a political figure, with lyrics famous for their focus on social inequality, body image, gender, and age equality. She was called a ‘heroine’ by the New York Times and has spent the past two decades upending stereotypes and challenging social norms while championing issues of gender equality and sexual identity with biting wit and fearless originality. On her latest releases, she's more direct and defiant than ever.

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In 2018, legendary heavy metal vocalist and pop culture pillar Dee Snider turned the heavy music world on it's axis with his transformative full-length, For The Love Of Metal. Produced by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, the album re-cemented the undeniable prowess of the iconic Twisted Sister singer with it's modernized mastery and take-no-prisoners attitude. Three years later, with one of the most collectively tumultuous times society has ever experienced behind him, Dee Snider triumphantly returns with the potent full-length follow up Leave A Scar. Once again produced by Jamey Jasta, with co-production, mixing and mastering by drummer Nick Bellmore, Leave A Scar sees Dee Snider & Co. Continuing in the invigorated direction of For The Love Of Metal, infusing a dose of classic heavy metal flavor that longtime fans will rush to embrace. Like a scar itself, Leave A Scar is an illuminating plentitude of angst etched in time - serving as a musical refuge and expressive output for Dee. But in turn, this auditory time capsule written to express the anger, unease and pain he experienced during lockdown emerges as not only blisteringly heavy, but relentlessly powerful. Heads will bang within seconds of the hard-charging opening notes of ultra-catchy album starter and lifer anthem "I Gotta Rock (Again)", instantly setting the stage for the non-stop onslaught of metallic mainstays to come. Tracks like the brutal "Time To Choose" - featuring the primed guest vocal attack of Cannibal Corpse's George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - and mosh-ready "The Reckoning" showcase the album's heavy assault, without sacrificing the harmonic goodness evident on tracks like the unrelenting, hooky thrasher "All Or Nothing More" and melodic, metal-core inspired "In For The Kill". Energetic single of strength "Down But Never Out" encapsulates the chunky riffage and driving drums palpable throughout the album, while searing "Before I Go" provides one of the album's most massive, memorable choruses and chilling lyrics. The album closes with victorious ballad "Stand", a call for listeners to take a stand and make their voices heard. Each of the 12 tracks on Leave A Scar not only further bolster Dee Snider's position as one of the most celebrated frontmen of all time, showcasing that his vocal delivery and commanding swagger is as strong as ever, but that he is nowhere near stopping. If For The Love Of Metal ignited Dee Snider's eminent surge into a new era - Leave A Scar sets it ablaze.
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The Barren Form is a relentless and unforgiving exhibition of misery and despair. The technicality and weight of Noctambulist's prior album remains persistent on this release, but through an elevated form of songwriting and introspective lyrical content, creating a suffocating and bleak aura. Each track embodies a manifestation of depression, grief, anxiety, and fear - a fitting theme for present day - intended to unsettle and consume the listener.

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To accompany the unrestrained awesomeness of DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, executive producer/composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick) presents the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack. Directly inspired by the comic series’ storyline, the diverse soundtrack illuminates the darkest corners of each DC character’s psyche. Limited Edition 7" Single Yellow Flexi Disc. Packaged in polybag with comic book.

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To accompany the unrestrained awesomeness of DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, executive producer/composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick) presents the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack. Directly inspired by the comic series’ storyline, the diverse soundtrack illuminates the darkest corners of each DC character’s psyche. Limited Edition 7" Single Flexi Disc. Packaged in polybag with comic book. Indie Exclusive.

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To accompany the unrestrained awesomeness of DC’s Dark Nights: Death Metal comic series, executive producer/composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick) presents the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack. Directly inspired by the comic series’ storyline, the diverse soundtrack illuminates the darkest corners of each DC character’s psyche. Limited Edition Red 7" Single Flexi Disc. Packaged in polybag with comic book. Indie Exclusive.

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Liquid Mind: Musical Healthcare is a compilation of the most deeply relaxing calming music from the 17-album Liquid Mind series by composer Chuck Wild. Musical Healthcare is the ideal companion for pre-sleep, meditation, anxiety management, massage and dozens of other therapeutic regimens.
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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! pulled off a magic trick on their 4th album by staying true to their pop-punk/metal path while finding brand new avenues to travel down. Gone Are The Good Days was a redemption in many ways - proving to themselves they had more to say and wringing out something pure from the pandemic era. "The album was a way for us to turn the 2020 bullshit into a better mindset," Bert says. "To give us a better future."
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After 10 years, Finally Famous is still a cultural phenomenon in the superstar’s career. Rolling Stone described the album as “a choice summertime rap record, complete with bright, breezy synth beats.” Boasting features from Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, The-Dream, and many others. Big Sean delivers “Instagram caption” worthy bars throughout these 16 tracks. While a decade has passed since its release, it continues to be relevant, club-certified, and hard hitting. Remixed & Remastered.
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Seether's new 5-track EP features 3 never-before-heard tracks and an alternate take of "Wasteland" (along with the original album version.) Written and produced by Shaun Morgan, and mixed by Matt Hyde, Wasteland - The Purgatory EP, follows the fall 2020 release of their 9th album, Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum. That album debuted with impressive chart success and has already spawned two #1 rock radio hits: the anthemic, "Dangerous," and hard-hitting "Bruised and Bloodied."
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Erasure - The Neon Remixed - This 18 track album includes all new remixes from Kim Ann Foxman, HiFi Sean, Octo Octa, Paul Humphreys (OMD), Saint, Brixxtone, Theo Kottis, Matt Pop, Armageddon Turk, 808 Beach, Gareth Jones + Andy Bell, GRN, Stella Polaris and Can Love Be Synth.
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Vinyl LP pressing. The prolific, Grammy Award winner, Jim Lauderdale has delivered another batch of songs that further define him as one of the leading voices of Americana music. With his new album, Hope, Lauderdale has written 13 songs intended to inspire. Instead of pondering the sadness, fear and isolation the pandemic has caused with so many around the world, he has instead focused on the optimism of the human spirit and highlighted that, as we always have, mankind will get through this difficult time. He has done this within a collection of songs that touch on country, rock, boogie rock, bluegrass and Jim's own blend of far out space music.
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Lump

Animal [LP]

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Lump began in 2018, with a collaboration between Mike Lindsay - a Mercury Prize-winning producer and co-founder of band Tunng, and the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Laura Marling. "The last record was an experiment," says Lindsay. "And I thought we weren't ever going to do another Lump record." As with the first album, Marling would arrive in the studio without having heard any of Lindsay's music, with the hope that it would bring the lyrics an immediacy and a spontaneity. Having begun studying for a Masters in psychoanalysis, she found she drew heavily on her course texts for this album's lyrics. There were other sources too: half-memories, family stories, strange dreams; things she had read, or been told or imagined. Animal was a word Marling threw into a lyric simply to meet a rhythm. But it seemed to capture the mood of the record, and of the band as a whole. "There's a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild," she says."Through Lump we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe," adds Lindsay.
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Movie Releases 08-03-21

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In the wake of a failed rescue mission, Montana smokejumper Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie) was resigned to lookout duty-and the inability to forgive herself. A dangerous chance for redemption might be at hand, when she comes upon a fleeing boy (Finn Little) whose mob accountant father was just silenced by a pair of ruthless hit men (Nicholas Hoult, Aiden Gillen)... and they're out to tie off all loose ends. Taylor Sheridan's gripping take on the Michael Koryta novel co-stars Jon Bernthal, Tyler Perry. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.