Grammy winning, Norah Jones has been a star since the 2002 release of her debut album Come Away With Me, released on Blue Note Records. The record sold 18 million copies worldwide and won 8 Grammys. Her success has hardly slowed; subsequent releases have all reached gold or platinum.
It might be hard to imagine what collaboration between an best-selling memoirist and English professor and a Grammy award winning country singer-songwriter might sound like. Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell, released this June is just that. Superbly crafted, the album tells a story of family from the perspective of love and loss.
David Lynch must know something we don’t. There’s a name for people like him; not director, not writer, not producer, but auteur. Lynch has stamped his distinctive, confusing mark on everything he’s created, from the TV series Twin Peaks to the films Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and others. Even Dune. He’s supreme leader of the cult following his works have achieved. And now Lynch has placed his finger firmly into yet another pie, this time of the musical variety.
Dr. John, born Malcolm John Rebennack, knows New Orleans like no other. The gritty and growly music legend’s lengthy career has perfected the voodoo’d blend of N’awlins blues, funk, and rock n’ roll for which he is renowned. Locked Down, his latest album – produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – was released earlier this year and keeps the voodoo strong.
A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.