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Sunday, October 15, 2017

This week's New Music picks: Chris Hillman, Robert Plant, Wolf Alice, Jade Bird, The Kents

Once again our new music picks this week include veteran artists and up-and-comers alike.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that Chris Hillman - a founding member of The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Manassas - has a new album out. Bidin' My Time is a mix of new and old material ranging from rock to bluegrass. Our pick for the New Music bin is "Here She Comes again" a song Hillman penned with Roger McGuinn that never made it onto a Byrds studio album, but sure brings back that classic band's sound.

We're also dipping into Robert Plant's latest album, Carry Fire. The Led Zeppelin pioneer continues to work with the Sensational Space Shifters, the band that backed him on his previous release, lullaby... and the Ceaseless Roar. We're featuring the epic-sounding "Bones of Saints," but we'll also be adding the folkier "The May Queen" and likely other cuts to our big mix.

Now let's turn to a relatively new band from London, Wolf Alice. Two years after their debut LP, they traveled to Los Angeles to put together their follow-up, Visions of a Life. It's a fairly eclectic album, ranging from what calls "their bratty, fizzy guitar-pop" through trippy dream-pop and forays into prog-rock. We're taking off with with one of the dreamier tunes, "Planet Hunter."

We've commented before about how many artists from outside the USA are making "Americana" music - a buzzword applied to various modern styles of folk/rock/country music. Now comes Jade Bird, a young singer/songwriter from London, who has jumped right on that train by titling her debut EP Something American. What stands out about this record, and this artist, quite simply is the powerful voice, which at moments reminds us just a bit of another young singer who emerged from England a few years back, by the name of Adele.

Rounding out this week's picks is the latest from an indie outfit that we've featured before, The Kents. This Ontario band just released its second EP, Within Waves, which includes the single "Is There Anyone?" that we've been playing for a couple of months. Our pick for the New Music bin this time is the opening track, "From The Start."

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