New Music Roundup

Posted May 10, 2016

A few of our most-recommended new CDs now available for check out. Get your groove on.

Al Scorch - Circle Round the Signs

If you dig political folk music like Dylan, Guthrie, and Seeger but crave an updated view and faster-paced sound look no further than Al Scorch. The Chicago-based banjo-strumming wild-dreaming musician has made several appearances in Milwaukee (usually playing low-key shows in Riverwest - let's hope he keeps that up after this major release) and gets the audience going. Scorch's chops are impressive - it's not your grandpa's banjo music. Don't miss this album.

Strumbellas - Hope

Buoyant indie pop rock for fans of The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. 

Beyonce - Lemonade

The album was released with a DVD of the album-length video. Yes, you can watch/listen online but if you haven't yet or if you just need to move your groove to the car check this out. With this album, Beyonce officially moves from pop star to cultural activist: she is being lauded for her artistry, critical eye, and moving take on issues of race and gender. 

Anoushka Shankar - Land of Gold

Musician, composer, and daughter of Ravi, Anoushka here puts her social justice and women's rights activism into music. This album is described as  her "response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty."

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