Sunday, April 16, 2017

Can-Am collaboration in our new-music mix

During its 2016 tour, Toronto's Barenaked Ladies invited New York a capella group The Persuasions to join them for a few songs in a show at New York's Central Park. They enjoyed themselves so much that they decided to make a record together. Ladies and Gentlemen: Barenaked Ladies and The Persuasions was recorded in live takes in a Toronto studio and features reworkings of more than a dozen BNL songs plus The Persuasions' 1972 hit "Good Times." The album was just released, and our pick for our New Music bin is one of our favorite Ladies' songs, "The Old Apartment." It's one of several tracks where Persuasions lead vocalist Dave Revels takes the place of Steven Page, who left the Barenaked Laadies in 2009.

Speaking of Toronto, it's the scene of Canadian Music Week, happening at dozens of venues around the city April 18-23. The folks at The Revue put together a sort of tip sheet of bands to check out, and that turned us on to The Kents, an indie-pop group from Lindsay, Ontario. Their EP Waking came out about a year ago, but as we like to say, it's still "new" music if it's new to us - so we've added the track "I Know" to our list this week.

How many Dan Auerbachs are there? There's the guy from The Black Keys, the guy from The Arcs, the guy who produces records for everyone from Dr. John to Cage the Elephant to The Pretenders, and the guy who released a solo album in 2009. Well, the solo act is back with an album called Waiting On A Song that's coming out in June. Check out the first single, "Shine On Me," in our new music rotation this week.

The spirit of Fleetwood Mac lives on with Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, an album due in June that presents the guitarist and keyboardist/vocalist as a duo - although drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie joined in on the project. They pick up right where they left off with the first track to be released, "In My World."

And we're picking up the latest from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. Their album The Nashville Sound is also due in June. The first taste is "Hope The High Road," which we hear as a call to rise above divisive politics. The relevant lyrics and the country-rock sound would fit in with the work of Isbell's former band, Drive-By Truckers.

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