Here's some short and sweet garage rock straight out of Louisville, Kentucky from White Reaper. Their proper full-length debut, White Reaper Does It Again, comes out July 17 on Polyvinyl.
The Mercury Prize-winning Young Fathers just released their second album, White Men Are Black Men Too. They're billed as hip-hop, but the Scottish trio belongs in the increasingly long line of genre-bending artists that paint today's musical landscape. If you're curious about their album title, you can read the story behind the naming process here.
Michigan-based musician Fred Thomas already has eight albums under his belt, but his latest, All Are Saved, was my introduction. His songwriting finds him contemplating dark memories and divisive current affairs, but his sound design and arrangements make those topics more palatable. As for this track, while I know a few cops who care deeply about their duties and communities, I can't pretend to understand how people like Thomas perceive current affairs in a complex community like Detroit.
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