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For The First Time In 40 Years, The B-52s' Cindy Wilson Goes Solo

First it was Fred Schneider, then Kate Pierson, and now Cindy Wilson. The solo careers of The B-52s have been staggered, but notable markers of how the three members assert their pop personalities outside one of the most outrageous party bands ever. Just... Fred from 1996 amplifies the kitsch for a criminally underrated and ridiculously fun record (Schneider actually just released the electro-pop wizzbang The Vertical Mind last month). Guitars And Microphones, released in 2015, saw Pierson team up with Sia and The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi for pop songs that were like cheerleaders for you
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For 'Thomas County Law,' Iron & Wine's Sam Beam Presides Over His Own Funeral

On August 25, Iron & Wine will release Beast Epic, a new album that scales back the densely arranged grandeur of recent records like Ghost On Ghost and Kiss Each Other Clean. Though nowhere near as harrowingly spare as the bedroom recordings on which Beam first made his name, Beast Epic still feels like a return to roots; to simple, unadorned, plainspoken warmth. Last month, Iron & Wine released the album's first single, "Call It Dreaming." Now comes a follow-up: "Thomas County Law," a gently rendered mid-tempo ballad whose accompanying video finds Beam decorating a church and giving a eulogy
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Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

Baltimore's Lafayette Gilchrist is a jazz pianist, but when his band the New Volcanoes backs him up, listeners also get something different: a go-go beat. Gilchrist describes go-go, a style native to Washington, D.C., and its environs, as "almost like a slowed-down James Brown, but you have a combination of African rhythms." Blended with his jazz piano playing, that's the sound of Gilchrist's latest album, New Urban World Blues, released this May. The album's powerful leading track is "Blues For Freddie Gray," dedicated to the young West Baltimore man who died in 2015 of severe spinal injuries
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