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BiggerSugarland, the bestselling country duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, will release their first album since 2010, Bigger, via Big Machine - and it will include a collaboration with Taylor Swift.
The follow-up to their last studio set The Incredible Machine will feature 'Still The Same,' the lead track that was unveiled in December, among its 11 new songs, ten of which were written by Nettles and Bush. The exception is 'Babe,' co-written by Swift and Pat Monahan of Train. Swift, labelmates with Sugarland at BMLG, also appears on the song.
The news follows Swift's hugely successful first turn as a composer for another country act, when her song 'Better Man,' which topped both Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. It then won Song of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards and then Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
"The music that we have written, it's become really clear to me that we are making music that people need to hear right now," Nettles recently told Rolling Stone. "Not just as Sugarland, but in the world. I think the messages and the themes that are in this music will be healing."1. Bigger
2. On a Roll
3. Let Me Remind You
5. Still the Same
6. Lean It on Back
7. Babe (feat. Taylor Swift)
8. Bird in a Cage
9. Love Me Like I'm Leaving
10. Tuesday's Broken
11. Not the Only$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Playing With FireCountry superstar, Jennifer Nettles, is releasing her second solo album now on Big Machine Records. She won five
ASCAP, ACM Crystal Milestone Award for being the first woman solo songwriter for a Song of the Year since 1972,
a Grammy®, CMA, and ACM Award. As the lead vocalist for the decorated duo Sugarland, who earned eight #1
singles and over 22 million in worldwide sales.1. Playing With Fire
2. Unlove You
3. Hey Heartbreak
4. Drunk in Heels
5. Stupid Girl
6. Three Days In Bed
9. Starting Over
10. Salvation Works
11. Way Back Home$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blessed UnrestGrammy-nominated Sara Bareilles takes her piano-driven, platinum-selling songwriting to the next level on her album The Blessed Unrest. She has seen #1 albums, national sold-out tours and support slots with bands such as Maroon 5 and Sugarland. She has appeared on hit shows such as Community, 30 Rock and The Sing-Off(host). There's nothing that Sara Bareilles can't do.1. Brave
2. Chasing The Sun
5. Satellite Call
6. Little Black Dress
8. 1000 Times
9. I Choose You
12. December$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing
Boston. Titletown. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. From popular neighborhoods like Jamaica Plain and Davis Square to the more hardscrabble quarters like Mattapan and Roxbury, Boston is a complex fabric of people, cultures, and viewpoints. None more Boston are punk rock outfit, Street Dogs. From the air they breathe and the food they eat to the communities they serve-frontman Mike McColgan is a Boston Fire Department 911 Dispatcher and drummer Pete Sosa is an honorary member of the City of Boston-and the values they uphold, Street Dogs exemplify their city and what it has to offer the world. Across the group's storied 16-year career, they've hit hard, spoke the truth, and walked the walk. New album, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, is proof the Bostonians continue to live and be empowered by their punk rock, tell-it-like-it-is ethos.
"Anyone who has ever listened to our group knows we are Bostonians to the bone," says bassist Johnny Rioux. "We all love the city. It's our home. I think our fans abroad get a window into our city and what it is like to grow up here and live here through a multitude of different life experiences [from our music]."
Indeed, Sicut Patribus Sit Street Dogs Nobis. But the primary motivator to pick up where 2010's lauded self-titled left off wasn't to continue waving the sky blue at the Boston Common, but to sound the alarm that our leadership and the affluent are taking advantage of society. The wedge is being driven between classes, deeper and deeper, where the rich get richer and the poor are afforded fewer choices in life, like education, opportunity, and the pursuit of a good life, respected liberties, and unquestionable happiness. This gift, as it were, has given the Street Dogs have plenty to write about eight years after their Hellcat Records' swansong.
"The dumbing down of America is a reason to write songs in 2018," Rioux asserts. "People need to wake the fuck up and realize the rich won't drain the swamp or look after the working man and woman. [So] we hit on familiar turf and we go outside our zone as well on Stand for Something or Die for Nothing. It's tough to contain my excitement for this record and our fans are going to love it. Everyone stepped way up."
If there's one thing that sets the self-titled apart from Stand for Something or Die for Nothing it's the songwriting. Tracks like "Other Ones," "Angels Calling," "Working Class Heroes," and "Never Above You, Never Below You" show Street Dogs at their finest: loud, abrasive, confrontational, and unifying. In fact, there's not one track on the group's sixth full-length that doesn't convey brotherhood, common values, and the ability to stand together against anyone with aims to disfigure or disband their raised fist.
"On Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, we took our time making sure everything was worked out as well as it possibly could be with multiple re-writes of songs and painstaking takes," says Rioux. "The band wrote this record together as a unit. This is the most full-band record we have ever made with everyone contributing. It's our best record. I really believe that and all the hard-painstaking work we put in people will hear and feel. With respects to the self-titled record we were moving at very quick and prolific pace back then. That record came together fast and is special."
Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Sugarland Studio, and Q Division Studios with Rioux in the producer's chair, mix master Sean Cahalin at the desk, and mastering ace Jeff Lipton navigating, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock album for the new era. Rioux was careful to balance the DIY tenets of punk with the professional requirements of recording an album. The result was hard won, but Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock triumph, with tracks like "The Comeback Zone," "Lest We Forget," and the title track delivering modern-day anthems that kick ass and take names.
"Other than Sean being a total professional and super-proficient, there aren't really any specific stories to Stand for Something or Die. I've always has had a hand in the production of our records and I can be demanding in the studio! That all said, I think we have our best sounding record to date. It has all the energy of our live shows in it. Fans will immediately tell it's us when they hear it."
While the definition of punk rock has its divisions, Street Dogs are, no doubt, part of the genre's proud history. Stand for Something or Die is undoubtedly punk rock. Using Rioux's definition (or not): "What's punk to me is people living how they want to not how they are told to."
Amen, brother.1. Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing
2. Other Ones
3. The Comeback Zone
4. Angels Calling (feat. Slaine)
5. These Ain't The Old Days
6. Working Class Heroes
7. Lest We Forget
8. The Round Up
9. Mary On Believer Street
10. Never Above You, Never Below You
11. Torn And Frayed$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
KIN (Awaiting Repress)1st full length release from the Atlanta-based sisters.
We have a very colorful family history," explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. "There were a lot of creative, hot-headed, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great,
great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their
crazy stories definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to
generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!" Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, "As sisters, we just
wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided to tip a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe."
The Atlanta-based sisters celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, on RH Music, produced by
Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.
After years of being fiercely independent (i.e., they self-released five EPs and toured for three years without label support), they decided to sign with RH
Music. We signed with RH Music because they believe in our authenticity. They understand that we make music for no other reason than our need to
make music and want to support that need, explains Megan. They see our passion! Others are clearly taking note of this passion as well, including Elvis
Costello and Kristian Bush (of Sugarland). Both legends have taken the sisters out on the road to serve both as opening bands and backing bands; with
Elvis Costello calling them gifted instrumentalists, while Bush praises the poetry they make with their strings, words, and voices.
With years of domestic and international touring under their belts, and a large and loyal fan base already in place, the sisters want their fans to know that
Kin is truly their coming of age project. This is by far the most genuine piece of work we've ever released as a band, says Rebecca. It's our story,
written in our way, played and sung by us. We call it roots-rock'n'soul. It's our whole heart and soul mashed up into a musical form.1. Jailbreak
3. Stubborn Love
5. Crown Of Fire
7. High Horse
8. Sugar High
10. Banks Of Allatoona
11. We Intertwine
12. Overachiever$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now