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J Cole Announces New Album "The Off-Season"

"The Off-Season" is coming on May 14th.

J Cole "The Off Season" Cover

J Cole has officially announced his next studio album: The Off-Season.

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Claire Renee releases new album

Meet Claire Reneé, a multi-talented singer-songwriter, dancer and esteemed wellness advocate.

Known for her soul-bearing lyricism and expressive vocals, Claire Reneé has just unveiled a nine-track body of work called Wings. The collection of songs is a mesmerizing union of neo-soul, pop, and jazz in which the artist delivers a sincere and heartfelt reflection on the beauty and challenges that characterize loving relationships.

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Nashville singer TONYB. drops new album "Flashing Lights"

Nashville artist TONYB. has just dropped a new 18-track deluxe edition of his album Flashing Lights.

Some may think 18 tracks is overwhelming, but in this case, we just can't get enough. Through an array of sensual R&B melodies and glistening neo-soul vibes, TONYB. covers everything from everyday life experiences to love and heartbreak across all the tracks. Echoing synths twinkle in the background, while the singer's warm, velvet vocals cascade atop the electronic soundscapes.

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Music Reviews

Phoebe Bridgers' "Punisher" Is a Devastating Masterpiece

Three years after her solo debut, the L.A. folk singer goes bigger and better.

Phoebe Bridgers promised that a main tenet of her sophomore album, Punisher, would be "crying," as if emotional anguish hadn't been the driving force of her career thus far.

While the Los Angelean singer/songwriter asserts that she loves her life and hasn't experienced much more trauma than your average 25-year-old woman, she also recognizes that despair is a widely-shared experience. Punisher expands on Bridgers' knack for gut-wrenching lyrics served with a wit that could cut diamonds; this is, after all, the same musician whose breakthrough came with an upbeat diss track about her abuser.

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Music Features

Half Waif, Ben Gibbard, and 5 Other Live Streams to Tune Into Now

Get your best headphones, crack open a cold one, and enjoy these livestream shows, straight from one artist's living room to yours.

Now that we're all stuck at home, musicians are turning to livestreams in order to share their art with the world. Here are some incredible livestreams to check out this week and next:

Friday, 3/27: Half Waif, the dreamy electro-pop outlet of Pinegrove's Nandi Rose Plunkett, is performing her ethereal new album "The Caretaker" this Friday at 7:30 PM. Tune in here. Plunkett also recently wrote a column for NPR about how she's staying sane during quarantine—which involves spending a lot of time on her couch.

Half Waif: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

4PM Daily: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has been doing daily livestreams, and he just released a song called "Life in Quarantine."

Benjamin Gibbard - Life in Quarantine (Official Audio)

Saturday, 3/28: Bands including indie outlet WD-HAN will be gathering for a festival called Doomed Fest on Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th, starting at noon EST daily. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go towards supporting performers.

Doomed Fest

Sunday 3/29: Elton John is bringing Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys (all in the safety of their own homes) together for the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, airing 9PM Sunday.

Billie Eilish - The End of the World - Radio 1 Piano Sessions

Sunday 3/29: Jay-Z's streaming platform Tidal will be bringing a coterie of illustrious artists together this weekend for free livestreams, including Beyonce and Rihanna for their Sunday R&B sessions.

Rihanna - Diamonds (Acoustic Live)

Wednesday 4/1 (and every Wednesday and Friday): Indie band San Fermin is doing IGTV livestreams every Wednesday and Friday at 3PM EST. They also just released the second installment of their dual album, The Cormorant, along with a new video for "Freedom (Yeah Yeah Yeah)." Tune in to the livestreams here.

San Fermin - Freedom (Yeah Yeah!) (Official Video)

Thursday, 4/2: The musician Mike Broussard is doing livestreams every Thursday at 1PM EST. Experience his rollicking, expansive ballads by tuning in here.

Marc Broussard-Solo Acoustic (Round 2)

April 4th: Actor and musician Michelle Creber will be performing a livestream concert on April 4th. She also just released a new music video for "Storm" and dropped a moving, cinematic new single called "False Empire."

STORM (music video) - Michelle Creber

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Carly Pearce: Self-Titled and Self-Sufficient

She's struck a chord in the past, but now she's showing off all her colors.

Carly Pearce is a modern country singer with throwback appeal.

She plays with bluegrass stylings and Shania-esque song composition, is no stranger to an old fashioned love duet, and can belt with the best of them. This has garnered her gold records, top fifty hits, a slew of high profile appearances across the States, and she's just dropped her self-titled opus.

Pearce opens on firm ground with the breezy "Closer to You," which echoes Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" but with added country flair. She follows up with "Call Me," whose funky guitar licks and playful lyrics are guaranteed to get people dirty dancing. Then "I Hope You're Happy Now" is a modern country duet featuring Lee Brice and filled with regret and hopeful hurt.

"Dashboard Jesus" strikes a bright yet contemplative note. The song plays with classic country music iconography: the road, a banjo, and a girl running from or toward dangers and joys unknown. It's best listened to on a desert highway.

Things slow down again with "Halfway Home." Pearce boils down the complicated emotion of mistrust in a relationship to simple words of longing and regret. Next, "Heart's Going Out of Its Mind," with its banjo riffs and backyard feel, gives more moxie than your usual "I just fell in love" song.

In "Finish Your Sentences" she flirts vivaciously on the mic with real life spouse, Michael Ray, but then "It Won't Always Be Like This" brings the album back to an introspective mood. Pearce sings about leaving home when she was young and wanting to go back, lamenting the intricacies of growing up with all its change and impermanence.

"Lightning in a Bottle" goes a little old school: back porch country feel and a love story of a fling told over a slide guitar. "Love Has No Heart" is yet another ballad, though it manages to play with deeper dimensions than its predecessors. Its fearful insight is more than a little chilling.

"Woman Down" picks the pace back up, as Pearce sings about rock bottom and fighting to leave it behind. Its rapidly metered chorus really bucks and kicks, giving a strong feminist power surge to the record's final act. On "You Kissed Me First," Pearce is sultry and powerful, playing coy with the object of her affection.

Finally, "Greener Grass" finishes off the album with a country ballad. It's an odd choice as a closer, a yielding, dreamlike memory piece with a dipped down tempo. Its repetitive chorus and reverb-heavy production make it feel like a song that might have been better suited earlier in the album, but it ends the album with a whisper rather than a bang.

"This record has been with me through so many emotions, and to finally have it out to the world feels amazing. I poured my heart into what you hear and I hope that fans will be able to find pieces of their own hearts in it," says Carly Pearce.

There are no bum tracks here, no clunkers, no wasted space. Pearce perhaps caters a little too strongly to ballad-lovers, but this won't deter anyone from enjoying the album. Whatever mode Carly Pearce plays with–soulful, frisky, sultry, contemplative–she hits all the right notes.

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