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Music News 06/11/2014

Voices & More Voices

Many, many albums have come out in the last couple of months that feature some interesting voices (and vocal harmonies). Here are some of the best:

Singer/Songwriters:

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Dawn Landes, Bluebird (Western Vinyl, $12.98) – A great set of songs, with Dawn on guitar, with Tony Scherr on bass, and Rob Moose on guitars, violin and viola.

Gabriel Kahane, The Ambassador (Sony Masterworks, $12.98) – A suite of songs tied to Los Angeles architectural slandmarks

Ray LaMontagne, Supernova (RCA, $12.98)

Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar, $14.99)

 

On the Folk Side:

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First Aid Kit, Stay Gold (Columbia, $12.98) – The Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg

Jenny Scheinman, The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks, $12.98) – The jazz violinist shows off her vocals, with original folk songs accompanied by the fantastic Bill Frisell on electric guitar and Brian Blades on drums.

 

Tributes:

 

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Willie Watson, Folk Singer, Vol 1 (Acony, $15.98) – one of the founders of Old Crow Medicine Show

Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy (Yep Roc, $16.99) – The ex-Blasters re-unite.

Carlene Carter, Carter Girl (Rounder, $16.98) – Carlene pays tribute to her mother, June Carter, her aunts, Helen and Anita Carter, and both generations of the Carter Family.

 

Sonic Experimenters:

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Tune-Yards, Nikki-Nack (4AD, $14.98)

St. Vincent, St. Vincent (Republic Records, $12.98)

 

Audra McDonald

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Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony on Sunday night (she has won in every drama and musical acting category). Her Tony-winning portrayal as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (PS Classics, 2 CDs) will be heard on the original cast recording, which comes out on July 15.

In the meantime, listen to her latest recital album, Go Back Home (Nonesuch, $16.98).