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Cedric Burnside Announces New Album ‘Hill Country Love’ & Drops Title Track

Cedric Burnside announces his deeply personal and artistically bold new album, ‘Hill Country Love,’ while dropping the title track.

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Cedric Burnside, photo by Jim Arbogast
Cedric Burnside, photo by Jim Arbogast

GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Cedric Burnside announces his deeply personal and artistically bold new album Hill Country Love, is set to release Friday, April 5 via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The record vibrantly explores the subset genre of Hill Country Blues, infused with Burnside’s singular experiences and musical heritage from the rolling hills of Northern Mississippi. Out now, the album’s lead single and title track, “Hill Country Love,” is a heartfelt tribute to Burnside’s roots and journey, accompanied by a striking music video directed by Jim Arbogast.

Cedric Burnside comments:

“I’ve been traveling my whole life, and the song ‘Hill Country Love’ gave me a chance to let people know that I love what I do and give a sense of how we do it in Mississippi. So that’s what I was thinking about as I was writing that song – where I come from and also where I’m going, and how my journey has been to get to where I’m at now.”

Hill Country Love was recorded in an unconventional location – an old building in the small town of Ripley, MS. This space, initially earmarked to be Burnside’s juke joint, created an authentic and resonant sound environment, capturing the essence of the album’s soulful and gritty aesthetic. Produced alongside fellow Mississippian Luther Dickinson, the album’s 14 tracks were completed in an extraordinary two-day session, highlighting the spontaneous and raw energy of Burnside’s music.

Hill Country Love Track Listing:

1. I Know
2. Hill Country Love
3. Shake’em On Down
4. Juke Joint
5. Smile
6. Closer
7. Coming Real To You
8. Thank You
9. Love You Music
10. Toll On Your Life
11. You Got To Move
12. Strong
13. Funky!
14. Po Black Mattie

2024 Hill Country Love Tour Dates:

March 6 – Augusta, GA – Miller Theater*
March 7 – Nashville, TN -Ryman Auditorium*
March 8 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern*
March 9 – Charleston, SC – Firefly Distillery*
March 10 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center*
March 13 – Little Rock, AR – The Hall*
March 14 – Rogers, AR – Victory Theater*
March 15 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse*
March 16 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom*
March 23 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
March 24 – Morgantown, WV – Mountain Stage
April 18 – Charlotte, NC – The Amp Ballantyne*
April 19 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
April 20 – Chesterfield, MO – Chesterfield Amphitheater*
April 21 – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre*
April 23 – Roanoke, VA – The Spot on Kirk
April 24 – Greensboro, NC – The Flat Iron
April 25 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*
April 27 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company*
April 28 – Chattanooga, TN – The Signal*
April 30 – Athens, GA – The Foundry
May 1 – Macon, GA – Macon City Auditorium*
May 2 – Decatur, AL – Princess Theatre
May 3 – New Orleans, LA – The Broadside
May 4 – Hattiesburg, MS – Saenger Theater*
May 8 – Fort Worth, TX – Tulip’s
May 9 – Houston, TX – The Continental
May 10 – Austin, TX – 3Ten
May 11 – San Antonio, TX – Jo Long Theatre
May 13 – Santa Fe, NM – TumbleRoot
May 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Music Instrument Museum
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
May 17 – Fresno, CA – Tower Theater
May 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
May 21 – Portland, OR – Polars Hall
May 23 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
May 24 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret
May 26 – Victoria, BC – Wicket Hall
May 28 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
May 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – State Room
May 30 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
May 31 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall
June 1 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

*with JJ Grey & Mofro

Lover of all things music, Vanessa De La Rosa has been involved in the music scene most of her life in different capacities. All genres welcome, she is a past master in the art of "nerding-out" with music, and is excited to explore that passion by sharing the stories of artists everywhere. Fan of: Festivals, gear, music production, all genres, supporting artists, concerts, and merch!

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Craft Recordings Thrilled to Announce Titles for Record Store Day 2024

Craft Recordings announces their titles for Record Store Day 2024 available at participating independent music retailers on April 20th.

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Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot
Collective Soul ‘Dosage’ album packshot

Craft Recordings is thrilled to announce its titles for Record Store Day 2024. This year’s lineup—available at participating independent music retailers on April 20—includes eight exclusive releases that span a variety of genres—from chilling cult-classic soundtracks and long-sought-after alt-rock reissues to jazz, new age, and beyond.

Among the offerings is a 25th anniversary pressing of Collective Soul’s Platinum-selling fourth album, Dosage (featuring the mega-hit “Heavy”), At The Drive-In’s electrifying sophomore album, in/CASINO/OUT, and the first-ever vinyl pressing of Filter’s The Very Best Things collection. Also making its debut on wax is the chart-topping Inner World album from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—a first-of-its-kind release from the Tibetan spiritual leader, which blends his spoken-word meditations with music from a renowned collective of artists, including Anoushka Shankar.

Other highlights include a sought-after mono edition of Everybody Digs Bill Evans on 180-gram vinyl, while film buffs will delight over the return of two cult-classic soundtracks, 1972’s Black Girl and 1977’s Orca. Finally, the acclaimed Jazz Dispensary Series returns with The Freedom Sound! The People Arise—an empowering setlist of deep cuts by Joe Henderson, Gary Bartz, and Azar Lawrence, among others.

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

Craft Recordings Record Store Day releases April 2024

A full list of participating Record Store Day retailers and more information can be found here.

#1 At The Drive-In – in/CASINO/OUT (1-LP, Purple & Green Smoke Vinyl)

#2 Bill Evans Trio – Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1-LP, Mono, 180-gram Vinyl)

#3 Collective Soul – Dosage (1-LP, Translucent Lemonade Vinyl)

#4 Dalai Lama – Inner World (1-LP, Gold Vinyl)

#5 Filter – The Very Best Things: 1995-2008 (2-LP, Mercury Swirl Vinyl)

#6 Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise (1-LP, Freedom Blue Swirl Vinyl)

#7 Jazz Dispensary: The Freedom Sound! The People Arise

#8 Various Artists – Black Girl – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Reel Cut Series] (1-LP, 180-Gram Clear Black Swirl Vinyl)

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Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’

Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.

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Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography
Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography

Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.

Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.

Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.

A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.

Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

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Plutocracy Planet Announces Debut LP for Summer 2024

Born of the pandemic shutdown, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by Scott Morrow.

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Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet
Scott Morrow aka Plutocracy Planet

Born of the pandemic shutdown and mobilized by the world’s societal ills, Plutocracy Planet is an experimental sociopolitical super-collective led by former Alarm Magazine editor and musical vagrant Scott Morrow.

Fusing post-hardcore sensibilities with electronics, polyrhythms, atypical time signatures, and a far-reaching instrumental palette including strings, saxophone, piano, harp, marimba, acoustic guitar, and more. The ambitious collaborative project utilizes the talents of more than two dozen venerable vocalists and instrumentalists across hardcore, hip-hop, emo, avant-garde composition, pop, and more.

Greed, inequality, and the endless influence of money in politics serve as the project’s thematic focal points. But between a broad-minded approach and a coalition of lyrical voices, the collective’s forthcoming debut LP also touches on the cult of personality, fear-mongering media, police brutality, toxic masculinity, religious zealotry, factory farming, the billionaire space race, and the singularity.

Lead single “This Very Severity,” whose music video premiered at BrooklynVegan and is out now on DSPs, features emo legend Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes, The City on Film) playing a slowly unravelling news anchor, relaying stories of our current fractured reality and an increasingly dystopian future.

Nanna says:

“I was overjoyed to be asked to contribute to the record as I usually don’t dabble in this genre or subject matter too much, and now I think I should way more often. Being able to collaborate on cool, important projects is something that brings me great joy, so being a part of this record was a tremendous pleasure. Please disregard my lack of dress pants in the video.”

Joining Nanna on “This Very Severity” are a pair of instrumental phenoms, guitarist Jason Schimmel (Red Fiction, Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3) and bassist Jonathan Hischke (The Sound of Animals Fighting, Le Butcherettes, Hella, Anywhere).

Morrow says:

“It’s unbelievable to me that I get to work with the people on this album. I’ve been a fan—in many cases a super fan—of many of them for 20 to 25 years. It’s a mind-blowing honor that they said yes, and I still don’t really know how the hell I convinced them .”

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet ‘Plutocracy Planet’ album artwork

Plutocracy Planet Track Listing:

1. Prologue
2. This Very Severity (f. Bob Nanna)
3. But You Said (f. onelinedrawing)
4. A Simple Refrain (f. Matt Pryor & Swamburger)
5. Commence Mutation (f. Carson Pace)
6. Slaughterhouse Soliloquy (f. Swamburger & Drumcorps)
7. War? (f. Rody Walker)
8. True Crime (f. Angela Mullenhour)
9. Hours and Hours (Work Harder, Not Smarter) (f. Mark Rose)
10. Dance of the Downtrodden (f. Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frykdahl & Jørgen Munkeby)
11. Remain Silent (f. Emily Jane White, Blueprint & Bruce Lamont)
12. Epilogue

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