Music

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Psycadelik Thoughtz by B.o.B

Released last month with very little fanfare, hip hop artist B.o.B’s fourth release alternates between irresistibly funky beats and sweet guitar melodies. Although B.o.B still breaks out the raps, his singing voice is beautifully on display on tracks such as “Violet Vibrato.” The artist described the album in a Twitter post, saying, "This body of work is more than music, it's an experience." It’s also been compared to some of his earlier mixtape works in his Bobby Ray persona. This offering lives up to his No Genre label - it’s eclectic and fresh.

New Music Fridays - September 4, 2015

Start your long weekend off with some brand new tunes, just released today. Happy Labor Day!

New Music - End of August, 2015

Here are the top picks of what was released right at the tail end of August, 2015. These all dropped on Friday, 8/29. Click the links to listen to them right now from any computer, android, or apple mobile device. These are all available through hoopla, your free source for music, audiobooks, ebooks, movies, comics, and television shows. Never any waiting, never any late fees - Listen Now!

Beirut

I’m eagerly awaiting Beirut’s next album No No No that comes out next month, but in the meantime re-absorbing all of Beirut’s older albums has been the perfect soundtrack to ending a summer day. Beirut’s leading man Zach Condon’s talent for various instruments, melodic compositions and soulful crooning makes each album delightfully rich and complex. Beirut’s debut album Gulag Orkestar remains one of my favorites, and it’s tracks like “Postcards from Italy” and “Elephant Gun” that inspires many a fan to pick up the ukulele.

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

"When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers." With these very words Jeff Mangum introduced the album that initiated a mass conversion of curmudgeony music critics into wide-eyed believers. In my opinion, what rests inside each and every one of the work's eleven tracks is nothing less than magic. Exactly what that magic is I do not know, but I wholeheartedly invite anyone willing to suspend their own cynicism to find out for themselves.

New Music Friday - August 7, 2015

Here are the top albums released today, Friday, August 7 and available to listen to right now (thanks hoopla!)

  • Blood by Lianne La Havas
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. The follow-up to a Top Five U.K. debut goes for a bigger, bolder sound without glossing over the artist's singer/songwriter origin.
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 1 by Teenage Time Killers

The Lonesome Trio (self-titled)

From their site: “The particular sound and voice of The Lonesome Trio might be described as rootsy, bluegrass-ish, Americana, or even a little bit cowboy.

New Music Friday

Every Friday brings new music releases that you can listen to immediately on your computer or mobile device (via hoopla). Here are highlights from the albums that were released on Friday, July 24. See the regularly updated list here:

  • Woman by Jill Scott
    Adult Contemporary R&B. So varied that it resembles a compilation, the singer and songwriter's fifth album nonetheless contains several of the year's best R&B cuts.

Listen to the Newest Music Now

New music is now released every Friday. Here are the top albums that hit the street on July 17, 2015, that you can listen to right now (through our relationship with hoopla) as reviewed by AllMusic.com. :

Angels And Alcohol by Alan Jackson
Contemporary Country. A satisfyingly familiar collection of straight-ahead country from the old pro.

Golden Age by Woodkid

Woodkid’s Yoann Lemoine's sad, rich vocals are oh so soothing against a backdrop of dramatic orchestral storming. The swelling strings and crashing drums cultivate an atmosphere of urgency but not haste, and all at once his songs give a sense of deep adventure, nostalgia and longing.  A track that I can’t stop listening to is “Conquest of Spaces”. Equally as worthwhile is “Run boy run”, I love you”, and “Iron”. Something not to be missed while discovering the wizardry of Woodkid is the aesthetic of Woodkid’s music videos that complement the dramatic, cinematic essence of this album.

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