New Music

Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top picks for the week. Hurricane, SmythDr. Mikey and other DJs give us more in-depth album reviews. Check 'em out!

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Sugar's Picks July 6, 2015
2:05 pm
Sun July 5, 2015

Sugar's Picks July 6, 2015

Galactic / Into the Deep / ProVogue

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...

Sugar's Picks June 29, 2015
9:17 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

Sugar's Picks June 29, 2015

Jackie Greene / Back To Birth / YepRoc

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF And Click Below To Check Out All The New Releases For The Week Of June 29, 2015

1. Jackie Greene / Back To Birth / YepRoc: Musically passionate and a relentless writer of the perfect lyric, Jackie Greene's 7th album is a testament to his courage,  talent and soulfulness.

New Releases For The week Of June 29, 2015

Sugar's Picks June 15, 2015
2:07 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Sugar's Picks June 15, 2015

James Taylor / Before This World / Concord

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week of June 15, 2015

1. James Taylor / Before This World / Concord: His first album of new songs in 12+ years, reminiscent of his 70's enduring work, he is back with guests YoYo Ma & Sting on a 10 track release.!

2. Robert Glasper Trio / Covered / Blue Note: The Grammy winner has returned with his acoustic Jazz trio and the 3 make remarkable music!

Sugar's Picks June 8, 2015
10:44 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Sugar's Picks June 8, 2015

Beat Funktion / Olympus / Do Music

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1. Beat Funktion / Olympus / Do Music: The "Six Piece Groove Machine" from Sweden is back with a remarkable concept album, inspired by Greek Mythology and filled with Jazz, Funk, Dance, Reggae, Rock, Improv...

2. Aquilo / Calling Me / B3SCI: The English duo bring their Electro-Pop sound to "Calling Me" with "A ravishingly refined set of dreamily sad electronica..."

3. Willy Nelson & Merle Haggard / Django & Jimmy / Legacy: Country Music!

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Sugar's Picks May 18, 2015
4:03 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Sugar's Picks May 18, 2015

Various Artists / Buy This Fracking Album / Movement Music Records

Take A Look At  Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week Of May 18, 2015

1. Various Artists / Buy This Fracking Album / Movement Music Records: "Listen To the Music - Spread The Message" - Michael Franti, Rusted Root, DJ Logic & Friends, Bonnie Raitt, John Butler Trio, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Indigo Girls, Roots Underground, Meshell Ndegeocello, Natalie Merchant and 13 more artists voice an important message! Play It & Play It Often!

Sugar's Picks April 27, 2015
10:57 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Sugar's Picks Week Of April 27, 2015

Otis Taylor / Hey Joe Opus - Red Meat / Otis Taylor

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1. Otis Taylor / Hey Joe Opus - Red Meat / Otis Taylor: The  Colorado favorite & International Blues sensation does it again; better, stronger, cooler and hotter than ever!

2. Saun & Starr / Look Closer / DapTone: The  Background Vocalist/"Dapettes" for Sharon Jones and The DapKings (DapTone Records) step forward with an all analogue production from the House of Soul!

Sugar's Picks April 20, 2015
2:23 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Sugar's Picks April 20, 2015

Bhi Bhiman / Rhythm & Reason / Thirty Tigers

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Check Out The New Music For The Week Of April 20, 2015

1. Bhi Bhiman / Rhythm & Reason / Thirty Tigers: From the opening track "Moving to Brussels" to the final cut "Closer To Thee" the music and the soulfulness will take you to great places.

2. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds / The Weather Below / Party Fowl: "Rambunctious, Raucous & Righteous;" Arleigh Kincheloe and company can definitely Rock,  get real Bluesy and Funky.

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Sugar's Picks April 13, 2015
10:47 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Sugar's Picks April 13, 2015

Calexico / Edge Of The Sun / Anti

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Releases For The Week of April 13, 2015.

1. Calexico / Edge Of The Sun / Anti: These guys cover a lot of the globe & with a classy roster of guest artists (Neko Case, Sam Beam, Pieta Brown, Amparo Sanchez...) the international flavor is even sweeter.

2. Xavier Rudd & The United Nations / Nanna / Nettwerk: Mixed by  Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, the multi-instrumentalist stretches as he always does  and the soulful reggae breeze  is very cool.

Sugar's Picks April 6, 2015
6:33 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Sugar's Picks April 6, 2015

The Word / Soul Food / Vanguard

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1. The Word / Soul Food / Vanguard: Robert Randolph on Pedal Steel, John Medeski on Keyboards, a few North Mississippi Allstars plus Ruthie Foster & Amy Helm!

2. Jose James / Yesterday I Had The Blues-the Music of Billie Holiday / Blue Note: "God Bless The Child," "Lover Man," "Body & Soul" and 6 more trademark tunes offered by a very talented artist.

Sugar's Picks March 30, 2015
12:00 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 30, 2015

Beth Hart / Better Than Home / ProVogue

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week of March, 30, 2015

1. Beth Hart / Better Than Home / ProVogue: The LA artist manages Blues/Soul/Jazz/R&B fusion and she handles the Piano, Guitar, Bass, Cello & Percussion too!

Omari Banks / Move On / Keynote: The Anguillan Cricketer has turned his focus to his music and the Reggae/Island vibe is equally skilled and entertaining.

New Releases For The Week Of March 30, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 23, 2015
10:40 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 23, 2015

JeConte / Down By The Bayou / Red Parlor

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week of March 23, 2015

1. JeConte / Down By The Bayou / Red Parlor:  Combining the sound of New Orleans  with a Northern Californian Rock sensibility, real Blues, West African influence, and backed by a hot band featuring Anders Osborne, JeConte covers a lot of territory!

2. AJ Ghent Band  / Live at Terminal West / Blue Corn: The Lap and Pedal Steel Guitar player (Col.  Bruce Hampton's Band) can Rock behind a Blues vibe.

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Sugar's Picks March 16, 2015
1:45 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 16, 2015

Emile Haynie / We Fall / Interscope

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1. Emile Haynie / We Fall / Interscope: The debut studio album from the American producer featuring guests Andrew Wyatt, Lykke Li, Randy Newman, Rufus Wainwright, Brian Wilson, Lana DelRey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Father John Misty...!

Sugar's Picks March 9, 2015
11:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 9, 2015

Katie Pierson / Guitars & Microphones / Kobalt

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week Of March 9, 2015

1. Katie Pierson / Guitars & Microphones / Kobalt: The former Singer & Guitarist of the B-52s offers a solo CD and she can still rock.

2. Richie Furay / Hand In Hand / eOne:  The former Buffalo Springfield member will provoke memories and the music of the  Colorado Rockies of  of yesteryear.

New Releases For The Week Of March 9, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 2, 2015
12:16 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Sugar's Picks March 2, 2015

Tuxedo / Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One / Stones Throw

Take A look At Our Current Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Releases For The Week Of March, 2, 2015

1. Tuxedo /  Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One / Stones Throw: The 2 Grammy nominated artists have teamed up and created a debut album that is jam packed with Classy, Soulful, Electronica tinged tunes with strong vocals and a Dance fever.

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Sugar's Picks February 23, 2015
5:20 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Sugar's Picks February 23, 2015

Elle King / Love Stuff / RCA

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1. Elle King / Love Stuff / RCA: Every song will get to you, she can do it all,  and you will be thinking of your favorite female singers and then  realize that she is her own nasty self with a powerful voice and soulfulness and star power! 

2. Father John Misty / I Love You Honeybear / SubPop:  Sure glad that we got the clean Radio Version of the CD, because his voice (sans FCC unapproved language) is worth the ride.

Sugar's Picks February 16, 2015
12:23 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Sugar's Picks February 16, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens / Tomorrow Is My Turn / Nonesuch

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out The New Music For The Week of February 16, 2015

1. Rhiannon Giddens / Tomorrow Is My Turn / NoneSuch: Produced by TBone Burnett, the solo release from the Carolina Chocolate Drops Singer/MultiInstrumentalist covers a rainbow of musical genres; Gospel, Country, Jazz, Blues, Folk... And her voice will carry you away.

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Sugar's Picks Feb 9, 2015
1:56 pm
Sat February 7, 2015

Sugar's Picks Feb 9, 2015

JJ Grey & Mofro / Ol' Glory / ProVogue

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1. JJ Grey & Mofro / Ol' Glory / ProVogue: The Florida musician does it all, covers tons of territory with his Blues/Rock/Soul (Think George Clinton, Otis Redding  & Steve Cropper influences!) sound  & his live show is exceptional.  Described as "A preacher who never found the church..." Give a listen!

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Sugar's Picks Feb 2, 2015
3:52 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Sugar's Picks Feb 2, 2015

Kristin Diable / Create Your Own Mythology / Thirty Tigers

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1. Kristin Diable / Create Your Own Mythology / Thirty Tigers: The New Orleans native has "that" sound that will remind you of other memorable voices but she makes every tune her very own.

2. Gov't Mule / ScoMule & Dub Side Of The Mule  & Stoned Side Of Mule / Evil Teen: An incredible sampler encompassing 3 releases featuring Warren Haynes & pals with  Jon Scofield, Toots Hibbert, &  a Stones' cover. Wow!

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Sugar's Picks January 26, 2015
5:10 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Sugar's Picks January 26, 2015

Raul Midon / Don't Hesitate / Mack Ave.

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1. Raul Midon / Don't Hesitate / Mack Ave: His guitar sings, his guests Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller & Liz Wright are exceptional, & his songwriting with Bill Withers (Mi Amigo Cubano) has been long awaited.

2. Jamie Cullum / Interlude / Blue Note:  Jazz is his forte, but he covers a lot of territory on his piano with standard vocals and he can Rock.

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Sugar's Picks January 19, 2015
5:37 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Sugar's Picks January 19, 2015

The Brothers Landreth / Let It Lie / Thirty Tigers

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1. The Brothers Landreth /Let it Lie / Thirty Tigers: The Canadian foursome were listed in the "20 Best Things We Saw At Americana Music Fest 2014" by Rolling Stone, and their version of Southern Rock, Soul, Blues... is a refreshing sound.

New Releases For The Week Of January 19, 2015

Sugar's Picks January 12, 2015
2:31 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Sugar's Picks January 12, 2015

TBird & The Breaks / Harmonizm / TBird & The Breaks

Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out all The New Music For The Week Of January 12, 2015

1. TBird & The Breaks / Harmonizm / TBird & The Breaks: Out of Austin with a New Orleans twist, their "Chunk Music" draws on Funk, HipHop, Soul & Rock and Roll; What more can you ask for? And they do a tear it up cover of "Fooled Around & Fell In Love..."

2. Brika / Voice Memos / Art House: A debut album from a Miami Singer/Songwriter with a sensual, electro sound and 11 Radio Friendly tracks.

Sugar's Picks January 5, 2015
1:09 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Sugar's Picks January 5, 2015

She & Him / Classics / Columbia

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1. She & Him / Classics / Columbia: Actress/Singer  Zooey Deschanel and Musician M. Ward create a sultry, well produced sound with Piano, Guitar, Ukelele, Tambourine, and Sensual Vocals.

2.. Paul Kelly / Presents The Merri Soul Sessions /Gawd: A little bit of everything for everyone done very well, with an emphasis on Soul and Rock.

Sugar's Picks December 1, 2014
4:31 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Sugar's Picks Week of December 1, 2014

Mary J Blige /The London Sessions / Capitol

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1. Mary J Blige / The London Sessions / Capitol: Her powerful voice & soulful songwriting stand out & Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy, Sam Smith & a few others lend a hand.

2. Kai Exos / Telegraph /VMP: The Canadian born & American bred singer discovered his roots through Gospel music and has expanded his musical horizons to cover a variety of genres.

Sugar's Picks November 24, 2014
11:11 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sugar's Picks November 24, 2014

Gov't Mule / Stoned Side Of the Mule / Evil Teen

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1. Gov't Mule / Stoned Side Of the Mule... / Evil Teen: A sampler featuring a nice take on The Stones by Warren Haynes & Friends...

New Releases For The Week Of November 24, 2014

Sugar's Picks November 17, 2014
12:11 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Sugar's Picks November 17, 2014

The New Basement Tapes / Lost On The River / Harvest

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1. The New Basement Tapes / Lost On The River / Harvest: T Bone Burnett does it again with Dylan lyrics, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddons & Taylor Goldsmith making the music come alive. 

2. Bryan Ferry / Avonmore / BMG: The British Rocker is back with 8 new tracks and 2 covers and joined by Ronnie Spector, Flea, Maceo Parker, Mark Knopfler, Johnny Marr & More...

Sugar's Picks November 10, 2014
7:03 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Sugars Picks November 10, 2014

Arthur Russell-Various Artists / Master Mix-Red Hot / Yep Roc

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1. Arthur Russell / Various Artists / Master Mix Red Hot / Yep Roc:  The Cellist/Composer/Electronic Pioneer Arthur Russell is honored for his mastery in this tribute release featuring a variety of talents (Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange...)

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Sugar's Picks November 3, 2014
6:48 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Sugar's Picks November 3, 2014

JD McPherson / The Warm Covers EP / Rounder

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1. JD McPherson / The Warm Covers / Rounder:  Hailing from Oklahoma, JD & his band mix it up on the 4 track EP (You'll be begging for more) with their own take on Rock & Roll, R&B and Roots - Covering a  Billy Boy Arnold tune ("I Wish You Would")  and a Nick Lowe tune ("Rome Wasn't Built In A Day"), they make it all their own.

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Sugar's Picks October 20, 2014
2:28 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Sugar's Picks October 20, 2014

Kindness / Otherness / Mom & Pop

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1. Kindness / Otherness/ Mom & Pop: Adam Bainbridge ("Kindness") incorporates Jazz, Disco, R&B, Funk, Pop, Piano, Horns, Bass,  plus Robyn, Blood Orange, Kelela and more to create a beautiful mixture of sound and sensuality.

2. Making Movies / A La Deriva / United Interests: The Kansas City group is based on 2 Panamanian Brothers, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and they tastefully blend  Latin, BiLingual, Afro Cuban Rhythms.

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Sugar's Picks October 13, 2014
1:56 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Sugar's Picks October 13, 2014

Kevin Kinsella/ Riding Higher Still / VPPal-ITown Music

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1. Kevin Kinsella / Riding Higher Still / VPpal-ITown Music:  As a youth he opened for Toots & The Maytals & went on to found  "John Brown's Body" and "10Ft Ganga Plant" and comes to us now with his own brand of Roots Reggae sound.

2. Hozier / Hozier / Columbia: 13 Tracks, profound lyrics, distinctive voice.

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Sugar's Picks October 6, 2014
1:40 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Sugar's Picks October 6, 2014

Nikki Yanofsky / Little Secret / A440

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1. Nikki Yanofsky / Little Secret / A440: With Quincy Jones as mentor & producer, her own  huge talent  & sassy voice, her 2nd CD is rich with Soulful, Jazzy, Pop tracks & well worth the listen.

2. Prince / Art of Official Age / WB: Everybody should  love Prince - Opening liner notes tell it all: "there used to be a time when music was a spiritual healing 4 the body, soul & mind..."

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