Our New Music For August!

Posted by: yetheart, August 3, 2015 5:26 pm
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Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material

Looking for new music? Look no further than your local Queens Library! Every month, our expert staff will bring you the best of what's new in our collection.

Check out these music recommendations for August!

Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Kacey Musgraves is a young country singer/songwriter from Texas who won the CMA Best New Artist award in 2013. Her style is a mix of country swing and upbeat folk, with lyrics that earned her the label of "rebel." Her sort of rebelliousness has been evident in pop and rock for years, but gay acceptance, recreational marijuana use and an anti-religion stance are apparently still new to Nashville. Watch the video for her new single “Biscuits.”

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Django and Jimmie
Speaking of marijuana and country music, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have joined forces once again and released their sixth collaboration, Django and Jimmie. The title is a tribute to musicians Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, who were influential to both Willie and Merle. No real surprises here, but it is a solid effort that reminds us how good country music can be when it isn’t over-produced or commercialized. You can stream the whole album on Freegal.

Maysa, Back 2 Love
Maysa (last name Leak) was born in Maryland but came to fame in the British funk-jazz-R&B group Incognito. She actually moved to London and recorded seven albums with that group while maintaining family ties in Baltimore and recording solo records on the side. Maysa learned a lot during her time with Incognito, and though her songs are labeled as smooth jazz there is a definite undercurrent of dance and pop to her sound. Since moving back to the USA, she has continued to record and just came out with her latest, Back 2 Love. Listen to the title track.

Pitbull, Dale
"Dale" is not the name of one of Pitbull’s friends; it is Spanish for “Let’s Go!” This is Pitbull’s second Spanish-language album and it veers away from rap and EDM to be more of a Latin-infused party record. Pitbull, after all, has Cuban roots and has always exhibited some of that country’s musical flair in his lyrics and beats. There are a number of guest vocalists on the album, including Ricky Martin and Yandel, so there should be plenty of crossover appeal to even the English-only crowd. You can hear the whole album on Freegal.

Snoop Dogg, "Bush"

Snoop Dogg, Bush
Snoop Dogg asked Pharrell Williams to produce his latest record and the result is a retro-flavored OG party as scored by the ghost of Funkadelic. There is a lot of fun to be had with these songs and Snoop makes it all seem so easy. It’s hard to believe he’s been on the scene since the 1990s, and he’s still at the top of the hip-hop game. The single “Peaches N Cream," featuring Charlie Wilson (see below), is pretty much guaranteed to get any party started. Watch the video.

Three Days Grace, Human
Three Days Grace is a rock band from Canada that has been recording and touring since 1997. They’ve been labeled post-grunge, nu-metal and alternative because the simpler category of hard rock just doesn’t do them justice. Human is their fifth studio album and their first with new singer Matt Walst (formerly of the band My Darkest Days). The record contains some of their heaviest songs to date and is sure to please headbangers everywhere. Check out the song "Human Race."

Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn
Unlike Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin kept the lead singer and replaced the rest of the band for the new album Dark Before Dawn. Founding member Benjamin Burnley wrote the entire album before even playing a note with the new line-up, so it is really a one-man show with supporting players. That said, the sound is still alternative metal with introspective lyrics that border on goth depression and angst. It must work for the fans, since the record hit number one on the Billboard charts the week it was released. Watch the video for the song "Failure."

Indigo Girls, One Lost Day
Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, better known as the Indigo Girls, are back with a new album of modern folk-rock that explores political and social themes, past and present. Though they still harmonize well, this album showcases their individual voices and experiments a bit with their signature style. Fans who have followed their 30-year career won’t be surprised by the new sonic explorations, but those who are most familiar with their mega-hit “Closer to Fine” will wonder how they got from there to here. Listen to their “grungy” song “Happy in the Sorrow Key.”

Hollywood Undead, Day of the Dead
Hollywood Undead is a masked rap-rock band from Los Angeles that hates the term "rap-rock." However, they rap and they rock, so until another label is created they are stuck with it. Their sound comes from multiple rappers, heavy metal guitars and a fair amount of screaming. Occasionally, they even sing. Although the band members have been known to pull guns and knives on each other, they’ve kept the act together long enough to sell over 3 million albums and tour the biggest stages. You can watch their video for the album's title track.

Charlie Wilson, Forever Charlie
Charlie Wilson is probably best known for his work as a member of the seminal pop-funk group the Gap Band. As a solo artist, he’s had a few R&B hits, but he is being introduced to a whole new young fan base as a collaborator with hip-hop royalty like Kanye West, Common and Snoop Dogg (who calls him Uncle Charlie). In 2013, he received a lifetime achievement award from BET and his performance on that awards show led to demand for this new album. You can hear every track on Freegal.