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Groove Is In the Heart

Several legends are in the house for this post; this time around, I’m reviewing the newest album from Mavis Staples, the latest from Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin, a new album from Santana, and a new set from Country/Pop star Thomas Rhett. RANDOM NOTES The news from Apple that they were killing iTunes didn’t initially sit […]

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The (Mostly) Reggae Issue

The influence of a music genre originating from a small island in the Caribbean on today’s Pop music is the subject this time around. Along with that, I’m taking a look at new releases from three Reggae artists: the new album from Reggae legends Steel Pulse, a new joint from Shaggy, and the second solo […]

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Spotify Thinks It Knows What I Like

This is the second half of that music bounty I discovered four weeks ago. In this post are reviews of the new album from singer/rapper Lizzo, the second album from EDM artist Satin Jackets, the latest from NuJazz artist Melodiesinfonie, and the new project from Rhiannon Giddens. RANDOM NOTES Those of you who were early […]

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Must Be the Music That’s Turnin’ Me On

Now Hear This #19 The past two week period started off really slow, and I was struggling to find enough interesting new music to be able to review. Then, as it got closer to the end of the two week window, I came across enough new music to complete this and the next post. In […]

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Just Listen – You Might Like What You Hear…

Now Hear This #18 This time around, I’m reviewing a bunch of young’uns (using my Country grammar)… got the debut album from Billie Eilish, the second album from Khalid, as well as new music from this post’s left-field picks, Durand Jones & the Indications and Jai Wolf. I’m on a roll now, this will be […]

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Lost Gems Rediscovered : Back In the Groove

Now Hear This #17 This is a post I’ve been waiting to write, as there are two new reissues now out that I’ve been itchin’ to review- the long “lost” Marvin Gaye album, and a reissue of a rare and much sought-after album from Roy Ayers; also, I’ll tackle new music from The Cinematic Orchestra, […]

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Let the Beat Hit ‘Cha… Let the Music Take Control

Now Hear This Issue #16 Yep, back again already… gonna start producing shorter but more frequent posts, mainly to support reviews of new music as soon as it drops. So this time, I’ve got the latest from Solange, the new album from Gesaffelstein, the debut album from Mansionair, and the second album from Juice WRLD. […]

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You’ve Got to Hear These Tunes!

Now Hear This! Issue #15 This time around, I review a quartet of new albums that have come across my desk and piqued my interest: the new Gary Clark Jr. album, a new mixtape from Kehlani, the comeback album from Chaka Khan, and a collaborative project from Rhiannon Giddens called Our Native Daughters about which […]

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The First Musical Fruits of 2019

Now Hear This! Issue #14 The first month of a new year is usually pretty slow for new music releases; however, this year, I’ve already found a number of new projects worth checking out. Over the past year, I tried reviewing music that was considered more mainstream; my history with NHT! (which goes back to […]

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The Best Music of 2018 (to me)

Now Hear This! Issue #13 January 2019 The output of recorded music produced in 2018 continued a downward slide in quality, the likes of which I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed. And now, there is scientific proof that music is less musical than it has ever been. This is due, mainly, to the proliferation of […]