Our New Music For October!

Posted by: yetheart, October 30, 2017 12:42 am
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Check out our music recommendations for October 2017!

TLC exploded onto the pop/R&B scene in 1992, during the height of MTV. They became the best-selling American girl group in history with such iconic hits as “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.” T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli didn’t always get along, but they made great music together. When Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was killed in a car crash in 2002, it looked like the end of the group. Fifteen years later, the two surviving members began a Kickstarter campaign to finance a final album. Forty-eight hours later, they had exceeded their goal. They made plans to go on a farewell tour, and TLC's swan song is finally here. It brings back all the good memories, with some fresh air provided by Snoop Dogg. We can be thankful that the ladies had the good taste to not include a hologram of Left Eye on the tour, though her voice is certainly missed on the CD. You can stream the whole album on Freegal.

Secret Sisters, You Don’t Own Me Anymore
The Secret Sisters are real-life siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers. They hail from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which means they’ve been breathing musical air since birth. They were raised on a steady diet of folk and country music, but only Laura considered a singing career. When a talent scout heard her harmonize with Lydia, though, it was soon apparent they were meant to be this generation’s version of the Everly Brothers. Though their first two albums didn’t sell well, they came to prominence when their song “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” was featured on a Hunger Games soundtrack. Now, the sisters have a new record label and a new album of Americana music called You Don’t Own Me Anymore. It may be time to let the secret out. Watch the video for the song “He’s Fine."

Trombone Shorty, Parking Lot Symphony
New Orleans is a special place where good music is an essential ingredient to each day. Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, grew up in that atmosphere and started playing instruments at a very early age. When he was only four years old, he shared the stage with Bo Diddley, and he was a band leader by the time he was six. Though best known for his work with trombone and trumpet, Andrews plays a variety of instruments and is a pretty good singer as well. He plays in many styles, from brass band to jazz to rock, and is a prized session man for everyone from Dr. John to the Foo Fighters. His first solo record for Blue Note is Parking Lot Symphony and it is a collection of R&B, funk, and jazzy soul that is sure to get you on your feet. There is a retro-70s vibe that adds to the fun and is sure to appeal to all ages. Check out his cover of the Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use.”

Jon Secada, To Beny Moré With Love
Do you need a little Afro-Cuban rhythm to spice up your day? Jon Secada has just what you need. The Cuban-American singer and Grammy Award winner has a new CD, To Beny Moré With Love. It is a sincere tribute to one of Secada’s idols, Beny Moré, a pioneering Cuban bandleader who introduced bolero, mambo, guaracha, and other genres to the Americas and beyond. Secada uses vintage recordings to “duet” with Moré and updates the production just enough to appeal to modern Latin music lovers. If you are a fan of the big band sound with some flair from South of the border, give a listen to the featured track "Cómo Fue."

Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold
It’s hard to believe that Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters are still rocking more than 20 years after starting the band. Still reeling from the death of Kurt Cobain and the end of Nirvana, even Dave couldn’t have predicted such longevity. Concrete and Gold is their ninth studio album, written and recorded mostly while Grohl was recuperating from breaking his leg while on tour. It is, in his words, the band’s most psychedelic and weirdest record yet. The sound is still power pop meets metal with hooks and riffs galore, but now the guitar solos are allowed to be a bit more groovy and the themes a bit less literal. The past few Foo Fighters albums have suffered from being just more of the same, but Concrete and Gold should get your attention for being just different enough to challenge your preconceptions. Stream the whole album on Freegal.

Brian McKnight, GenesisBrian McKnight, Genesis
Brian McKnight is best known as an R&B singer-songwriter, but he has also starred in a Broadway musical, hosted a radio program, and had his own late night TV talk show. Since 1992, he has gained fans with his soulful tenor and falsetto vocal stylings on songs of love and longing. He’s been nominated for 19 Grammy Awards, but hasn’t won yet. That may change with his new release Genesis. The title doesn’t mean McKnight is going back to his gospel roots. Instead, he is going back to the beginning of his solo career, using the wisdom of his years to reinvigorate the types of songs that first got him noticed. It may be labeled as “adult contemporary,” but the album is pure soul and R&B emotion. See for yourself with the video for “I Want U.”

Foster the People, Sacred Hearts Club
If you were listening to music in 2010, you probably remember the viral hit “Pumped Up Kicks” by the indie pop band Foster the People. Since then, they have been touring and recording more confectionary earworms. Many of their songs have been licensed for use in ads and soundtracks, so it’s a good bet that you’ve heard them a lot without realizing it. They have just released their third album and it is a bit different from the feel-good head bop music that has been their signature. Foster the People have gone experimental, and that may be a good thing. They still sound a bit like a hazy shade of the Beach Boys, but now the electropop is a bit harder and there’s some rapping about current events. No matter what they try, though, it is still catchy. Hear the whole album on Freegal.

Logic, Everybody
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known as Logic, is a rapper, writer, and producer who cites Frank Sinatra as his main influence. Logic released a number of mixtapes before signing to Def Jam. Under the guidance of that label, Logic has released two albums that received critical raves and decent sales. His third and most recent album, Everybody, is his first number one debut on the Billboard Top 200, proving that a slow build is more rewarding than a flash in the pan. If there is a theme to the album, it would center on Logic’s belief that we are all multi-ethnic, even if it isn’t in our DNA. He has often rapped about his own biracial roots, but this time he’s asking for us not to just understand but to join in embracing all ethnicities. Listen to the clean version of the title track.

Spoon, Hot Thoughts
Psychedelic indie rock outfit Spoon has released their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts. These Texas art rockers have developed quite a following over the past 20 years, and the fans who loved them in college are now bringing their kids to the concerts. Hot Thoughts is their first major-label album since their debut LP in 1998. Their music has appeared on TV shows like Veronica Mars and The Simpsons and they have toured relentlessly on the festival and club circuits. Their sound can be minimalistic, noisy, and arrhythmic, but there is always a pop hook to latch onto and a soundscape to get lost in. If you haven’t heard them before, try the title track on for size.

MUNA, About U
Political correctness meets activist electropop on About U, the debut album from MUNA. The group is a trio of women who identify as queer and whose lyrics are often about gender and sexual identity. MUNA goes so far as to not include any gender-specific pronouns in their songs. MUNA makes the sort of music that makes you want to dance and roar in defiance at the same time. The songs may be universal in their themes, but they all come from personal experience. As they have explained, they want to take their pain and turn it into a force for kindness. They will soon be taking the message on the road as the American opening act for Harry Styles, so be prepared to hear more from MUNA. You can start by streaming About U on Freegal.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Zombies on Broadway
Andrew McMahon is a singer-songwriter who uses piano and guitar to create indie pop and punk songs. He has been in a number of bands and has released solo work, but his current incarnation as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness seems to be attracting a following and selling records. Andrew spent a lot of time in New York City when he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and was hospitalized. Since his recovery, he’s explored a lot of the city’s nooks and crannies, writing songs along the way. The resulting album, Zombies on Broadway, is a millennial take on the Big Apple, sure to make old-timers wistful for their glory days of discovering friends, lovers, and themselves amidst the cacophony of the city that doesn’t sleep. Watch the video for “Fire Escape."

Elbow, Little Fictions
Elbow is a British rock band celebrating their tenth year together. Little Fictions is their seventh studio album. It’s okay if you didn’t hear their first six records; most people in America haven’t. Elbow's music is best described as progressive rock that uses classical strings and piano to add dramatic effect to the songs. They cite Genesis and Radiohead as heavy influences, but have developed a unique sound of their own. In a strange twist, Peter Gabriel (of Genesis) recently covered one of Elbow’s songs. The group has won multiple awards in Britain and it really is past time for them to get a bit of attention in the United States. Watch the video for “Magnificent (She Says).”