What's New 3-26-21

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Artistry

With a 50+ year history, ToP has been a funk institution since 1968, knocking out hits like “What is Hip,” “So Very Hard to Go,” and “You’re Still a Young Man" while lending their soulful sound to collaborations with Santana, the Grateful Dead, Elton, Huey Lewis, Justin Timberlake and everyone in-between. 50 Years of Funk & Soul captures their storied career with no-holds-barred concerts, performing their full spectrum of life-affirming funk and soul hits to sold out audiences in 2018.

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New West

For two decades, Sara Watkins has been one of the most visible artists in roots music, with her catalog ranging from solo albums and Watkins Family Hour, a duo with her brother Sean Watkins, to her Grammy-winning bands Nickel Creek and I’m With Her. With the nostalgic and gentle new album Under the Pepper Tree, Watkins offers a comforting record for those moments as daily rhythms fade into nightly rituals – and when a child’s imagination comes to life.

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NF Real Music

Building on the success of Perception and The Search, consecutive No. 1 Billboard Top 200 albums, Michigan rapper NF is back with his first ever mixtape, Clouds (The Mixtape). The project comes as a surprise for fans who are sure to enjoy NF’s signature blend of introspective lyrics and thematic elements, and features from Hopsin and Tech N9ne. The album boasts a wide range of new sounds, including heavy hitting hip hop tracks alongside melancholic anthems.

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4AD

Tune-Yards, the celebrated Oakland-based duo of Merrill Garbus & Nate Brenner, release sketchy., a balance of self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries. It’s reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards – a colorful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up,” Merrill reflects.

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