Candy Pennetta

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Ceu / Tropix / Six Degrees: The Brazilian chanteuse claimed "I am going back to the beats" as she approached her latest masterpiece of sultry vocals, synthesizers, muted drums, and that definitive bass beat. French producer Herve Salters/"General Elektrik" (Player with Femi Kuti, Blackalicious & Lyrics Born) lent the "tropical and pixel" vibe...

Bonnie Raitt / Dig In Deep / Red Wing: The Grammy Winning Legend  is back with that amazing band, her profound lyrics & songwriting and that gorgeous sound...

Santigold / 99Cents / Atlantic: Fun music with a thoughtful lyricism and a dance beat.

A Great Week Of New Music! Tough To Pick One!

The new Snarky Puppy: "Family Dinner Vol 2" is a terrific follow up to their earlier Grammy winner.

Mavis Staples: "Livin' On A High Note" is outstanding.

Esperanza Spalding stretches the envelope with "Emily's D+ Evolution."

The many artists performing on "God Don't Never Change- Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson" is jam packed!


Lake Street Dive's "Side Pony"  cannot be denied! The Hometown Favorites are back and better than ever...

French Horn Rebellion / Foolin' Around / FHR: 2 brothers making great music!

Richmond Fontaine / You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To / Fluff & Gravy: Reportedly the final release from Willy Vlautin and that band of huge talent, the lyrics are poignant, humorous, heavy.

Rufus Du Sol / Bloom / Foreign Family Collective: "Dreamy Vocals, Moody Synths & Driving Kicks" says it all about this group that writes, produces and performs a remarkable array of sound. The 11 tracks are not enough; you will want more!

An incredible array of music for the week! David Bowie, John Trudell, Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell, Basia Bulat, DJDS - Gotta Pick One:

The James Hunter Six / Hold On / Daptone: The label is stellar and only features the cream of the crop - James Hunter is a Soulful R&B master and stretches on this one with a sweet taste of  Rock, Bossa Nova and a whole lot of "Get Up And Dance" music.

Sugar's Pick For Week Of January 18, 2016

Boss Selection / Volume 1 / Orange Stella: Producer/Recording Artist Sunny Levine brings together 12 tunes (Riding on A Love Train, Wouldn't It Be Wild, Flip & ReWind...) and his dream lineup of artists (Rashida Jones, Pete Yorn, James Gadson, Hugh Masekela...) to create a broad sweep of the musical spectrum.

Sugar's Pick Of The Week - January 11, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks Band / Let Me Get By / Fantasy: Recorded at their home studio in Florida, all original TTB material, jam packed with those powerful vocals & the tightest 12 piece band around, all the while "combining inspired Memphis Soul, Electric R&B, Country, Rock & Classic Song Craft..." it will be a favorite for 2016!

Joe Cocker / The Life Of A  Man / Sony:

A retrospective of  the legendary artist's incredible repertoire - Bittersweet and beautiful -  The liner notes by his brother are most touching - Listen and give thanks...

It's A Holiday Soul Party | Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Daptone

Sugar's Pick November 23rd, 2015:

Stick Figure / Set In Stone / Ruffwood: Written,  produced & recorded by self taught musician Scott Woodruff, The Roots/Dub/Reggae CD stands out as a sonic journey and deserves a listen.

Sugar's Pick November 16, 2015:

Givers / New Kingdom / Glassnote: Lafayette, Louisiana is the home base for the "AfroBeat, Dancey Pants, Indie Pop, Love Music" - Gotta give it a listen...

Sugar's Pick For Week Of November 9, 2015

Ephemerals / Chasin Ghosts / Jalapeno: The 7 piece Group, based in Classic Soul, shifts to Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk and back again via a NY/ International/Urban/London scene. Their breakthru album, "Nothing Is Easy" was a favorite and they have created another rich and deep blend of genres and sound. 

Sugar's Pick for the Week of November 2, 2015:

Billy Gibbons & The BFG's / Perfectamundo / Concord:   ZZ Top's legendary Guitarist & Vocalist spent a little time as a Latin Percussionist  student of Tito Puente and he blends that Cuban-Afrom sensibility with his Blues ridden Rock on this first solo release. Lots to listen to.

Take A Look At Our Current Favorite At KVNF

Sugar's Pick Of The Week:

Fat Freddy's Drop / Bays / Drop:   It is always a musical extravaganza and a worthwhile journey with the 7 piece ensemble from New Zealand as they cover a lot of territory with their take on Funk, Dub, Reggae, Jazz, Soul, R&B and Techno sound.

Liz Vice / There's A Light / Ramseur: The Portland Singer mixes it up with a Soulful/Gospel/R&B sound rising from an obvious deep rooted spirituality.

Anderson East / Delilah / Elektra: A Stand Out release from the Southern R&B/Soul Singer with a real flair.

Sugar's Pick October 5, 2015

Lawson Rollins / Infinite Chill - The ReMix Sessions / Infinita: A Sweet & Subtle blend of Electronica, Jazz & World with Shahin Shahida, Flora Purim, Airto, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Percussion, Drums, Piano, Guitar & those outrageous French/Brazilian Vocals!

Sugar's Pick For The Week:

Turkuaz / Digitonium / Techne: "The Brooklyn based 9 piece delivers horn filled Funk incorporating elements of R&B, Psychedelic Pop, Gospel, AfroBeat, New Wave, Classic Rock..." (New Yorker)

New Releases For The Week of September 28, 2015

Sugar's Pick For Week of September 14, 2015:

Andra Day / Cheers To The Fall / WB: Stevie Wonder liked her a lot and her "RetroPopSoul" sound is produced by Raphael Saadiq - Both appear on the debut CD along with ?uestLove, the Dap Kings & DJ Jazzy Jeff!

1. Various Artists / True Detective Soundtrack / Harvest: Grand collection of artists (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lera Lynn, Cassandra Wilson, Father John Misty...) backing up the HBO Series Season 2.

Take A Look At Our Favorite Release This Week:

Gospel Machine / Your Holy Ghost / Gospel Machine

New Releases Week of August 17, 2015

Take A Look At Our Current Favorite At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All the New Music For The Week Of August 10, 2015

1. Vintage Trouble / 1 Hopeful Rd / Blue Note:  Produced by Don Was with 11 tracks; every one power packed with Soul, R&B, Rock, this CD should be played over and over by everyone everywhere forever!

Take A Look At Our Current Favorite At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All the New Music At KVNF For The Week of August 3, 2015

Jon Cleary / GoGo Juice / FHQ: The Brit from Kent has been studying the culture of New Orleans for 20 years and with his latest CD he definitely gets  the Music!

Take  A Look At Our Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week Of July 20, 2015

Take A Look At Our Current Favorite At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week Of July 13, 2015

Leon Bridges / Coming Home / Columbia: The 25 year old Fort Worth native debuts  his "Old Soul"  retro sound with greatness.

New Releases For The Week Of July 13, 2015

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week of July 6, 2015

1. Galactic / Into The Deep / ProVogue:  They have it all going on and with Guests Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, JJ Grey, Ryan Montbleau and a few others, the New Orleans Funk sound is alive and well.

2. Van Morrison / Duets / RCA: 16 Trax from a legend and with guests Taj Mahal, Mark Knopfler, Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples, Georgie Fame, Joss Stone, George Benson, PJ Proby and 11 others, what can you do but play it again and again...