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Ural Thomas is universally recognized as one of the most exciting singers remaining from the original soul era, and an active musical institution for over sixty years. His catalog has slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom he has performed with). Leader of the rhythm and blues vocal group The Monterays, his success brought him to Los Angeles where he caught the ear of industry bigwig Jerry Goldstein, best remembered for managing Sly and The Family Stone and producing dozens of iconic records by the likes of War, The McCoys, and The Angels (co-writing "My Boyfriend's Back"). Goldstein brought him into the studio with arranger Gene Page (known for thousands of recordings with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Elton John to a veritable who's who of Motown stars) to record two landmark 1967 singles "Pain Is The Name of Your Game" and "Can You Dig It". Ural Thomas & The Pain have released two full length albums: 2016's self-titled release and 2018's The Right Time. The return with Dancing Dimensions, their third record together.
Ural Thomas And The Pain - Dancing Dimensions
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Written and recorded in late 2021 after a self-prescribed period of down time spent walking, going on daily cold water swims and "just chillaxing massively", even the credits on Sound of the Morning Katy J Pearson professes a new thirst for experimentation. Joining Return (2020) producer Ali Chant on desk duties this time was Speedy Wunderground head honcho Dan Carey, who worked on some of the album's grittier tracks. It all makes for a record that's increasingly unafraid to explore life's darker parts, but that does so with an openness that's full of light. As an artist who professes to "always strive for the bittersweetness of things", Sound of the Morning does just that, taking the listener's hand and guiding them through the good and the bad, like the musical equivalent of an arm around the shoulder. "I want people to feel things with my music, but I don't want to cause my listener too much trauma," she notes with a cheeky glint. "Counseling is expensive, so you've got to pick your battles."
Katy J Pearson - Sound Of The Morning
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Two decades into delivering social commentary via their blistering brand of punk rock, Rise Against's most recent album Nowhere Generation may in fact be their most poignant, as it sums up the struggles, injustices, and collective action of a whole generation. †Their most recent single Last Man Standing is smooth in its most sensitive moments and roaring like a tempest at its peak. † Brimming with punk rock spirit, it begs that we answer who and what is left if we continue on the current path.

Rise Against - Nowhere Generation II
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Harmonizing folk duo The Brother Brothers are used to hearing Everly Brothers comparisons, but even Phil and Don couldn't beat the sound of siblings Adam and David Moss, who share identical DNA. The twins started weaving their voices together before they hit first grade, learning by singing along to the Everlys, the Beatles and other artists they found in their dad's record collection. On their new album, Cover to Cover, The Brother Brothers pay homage to those early influences and other favorite songwriters with unique arrangements of both beloved classics and songs they want more people to hear. Among their eclectic picks: Tom T. Hall's "That's How I Got to Memphis," Jackson Browne's "These Days," James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes," Hoagy Carmichael's "I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)," Robert Earl Keen's "Feelin' Good Again," Richard Thompson's "Waltzing's for Dreamers," Judee Sill's "Rugged Road" and Tom Waits' "Flowers Grave." Their exquisite version of Lennon and McCartney's "I Will" holds special significance, because they created their own harmonies over the solo-vocal original when they were 6. Fiddler/violinist Adam and cello player/guitarist David also called on special friends, from singer/mandolinist Sarah Jarosz to Lake Street Dive vocalist Rachael Price - who sings with her sister, Emily, making this effort even more of a family affair.
The Brother Brothers - Cover To Cover
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2022 release. Josh Rouse wrote the songs for Going Places, while hunkered down in Spain with his family in 2020 and 2021. The inspiration was to have a set of new songs to play in a small club run by a couple of his Spanish bandmates. Josh recorded and produced the songs in his home studio. The result is a collection of songs that feel a bit looser, lean into the guitar a bit more and will sound great in the live setting. It's also another sonic shift for Josh, who is not afraid of changing things up. What remains consistent is Josh's ability to write hooks and find grooves that create a sound that is at once familiar, but wholly new. Fans will likely gravitate toward, "Hollow Moon," which in a just world, would be a massive hit single. It is classic Josh Rouse. But songs like, "Apple of My Eye," and "She's In L.A." definitely show the Spanish influence, which Rouse calls, "A Pan-American sound".
Josh Rouse - Going Places
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