Born in a nomad camp in Niger and now a leading figure of desert rock, Mdou Moctar has enjoyed one of quickest rises to success. In contrast to the polished style of Imarhan or Bombino, Mdou Moctar trades in unrelenting gritty rock and has no qualms about going full shred. But Mdou's success is not confined to guitar theatrics alone. From his experiments in autotune, DIY field recordings, to a starring role in a Saharan remake of Purple Rain, Mdou stands out amongst his peers. Tuareg guitar has rock music in it's genes, owing as much to traditional desert ballads as 70s classic rock. Mdou doubles down on these origins, pushing Tuareg guitar into an ever louder direction. If early innovators looked to Mark Knopfler, Mdou has an affinity with Eddie Van Halen. Recorded in Detroit at the tail end of a tour, the band jumped right into frenetic non-stop sessions. Accompanied by an all-star band with Ahmoudou Madassane's lighting fast rhythm guitar, Aboubacar Mazawadje machine gun drums, and Micheal Coltun's supportive low-end bass, Ilana (English: The Creator) captures the spirit of an Agadez wedding, a studio recording with just the right amount of grit. -Amazon.com
Still going strong after two decades, O.A.R. delivers their fourteenth studio album, which includes the tracks Knocking at Your Door; California; Be Easy; and Free.
The second album from the Hawaiian artist, following the 2016 release, E Walea.
Today's hottest country music hits are showcased in the latest offering from the popular music series.
Known for his outspokenness, impassioned live show, and outlaw country tunes, Aaron Lewis is back with a new album, which serves as the follow-up to his chart-topping release Sinner.
Eli Young Band is a true band of brothers who play their own instruments, write their own songs, and cling fast to their Texas roots. Their greatest hits collection showcases their best, including Crazy Girl; Even if It Breaks Your Heart; and Drunk Last Night.
Former Band of Horses guitarist Tyler Ramsey connects the listener to a setting with dexterous guitar fingerpicking and radiant acoustic piano. There is also affecting pedal steel and languid vocals added to the mix.
Khalid's latest release features seventeen tracks.
Thirty years after its release, the breakthrough album from New Kids on the Block has been expanded to include eight additional tracks including remixes of Please Don't Go Girl and the title track. It also features the new song 80s Baby.
As the songwriter behind the worship favorites How Great Is Our God; Our God; and Whom Shall I Fear, Chris Tomlin's songs have been a large part of the collective voice from the church for years. The album is a response to that collective voice. Featuring Resurrection Power and the new single Nobody Loves Me Like You, this brand new album has songs written specifically for the church that run the spectrum of worship, from personal reflections to shouts of praise.
Dream Theater returns to their roots, combining heavy progressive music with epic melodies that will thrill their legion of fans across the world.
From his first solo hits to his take on the Great American Songbook, several of Rod Stewart's biggest hits shine in a two-disc career retrospective. -Midwest Tape
The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features the end title song “Super Cool,” from Beck feat. Robyn & The Lonely Island, the infectious “Catchy Song” by Dillon Francis feat. T- Pain & That Girl Lay Lay and two songs performed in the film by Tiffany Haddish – the solo “Not Evil” and a hilarious duet with Will Arnett entitled “Gotham City Guys.” Stephanie Beatriz performs on two songs - the solo “5:15” and, as part of a LEGO cast performance, one of the two reimagined versions of “Everything is Awesome” featured on the soundtrack. The second version of the song, titled “Everything Is Awesome (Tween Dream Remix),” is offered by comedy twosome Garfunkel & Oates. “Come Together Now” is performed by indie dance duo Matt & Kim; Yossi Guetta, Esther Guetta & Fiora Cutler perform “Welcome to the Systar System”; and Superoraganism rounds out the album with “Hello Me and You. -Amazon.com
Since the 1960s, the O'Jays have come to epitomize the Philly soul sound. Now the legendary group is releasing their final album, which features nine tracks including the single I Got You. -Midwest Tape
Justin Moore has built a loyal fanbase over the past decade with his traditional country sound and captivating live shows. His fifth full-length album contains ten tracks such as Why We Drink; Jesus and Jack Daniels; Small Town Street Cred; and more. -Midwest Tape
The country singer's fifth studio album and the twelve track album is the first batch of new material the Curb Records artist has released since Take a Back Road in 2011. -Midwest Tape
The band's highly anticipated fourth full-length release is the follow-up to the Grammy winning Modern Vampires of the City. -Midwest Tape
Imuran have firmly established themselves as a band to reckon with. Rather than being distracted by meddling around with big producers or famous guests, they've focused this release on their inherent strength of songwriting, using the eternal bonds in their community, families and friendships as a blueprint not only for an amazing standalone album, but as a reference for generations to come. -Midwest Tape
A loose collection of friends who began to play together under the watchful eye of Sadam's cousin, Eyadou Ag Leche, bass guitarist of their 'older brothers' Tinariwen. They have a sound that reflects their cultural and generational background; dry guitar riffs, pop melodies and pan-African rhythms which draw on traditional Tuareg music, African ballads and the modern pop and rock the band heard growing up. Recorded December 15-20, 2014; and November 22-24, 2015; in Montreuil, France. -Midwest Tape
This 1991 release is as heavy as it gets in the alternative world. The unbelievable hard arrangements, strong vocals, and unprecedented guitar architecture received much critical acclaim in the '90s. -Midwest Tape
Highly anticipated and long awaited 2013 album from the British Alt-Rock icons led by Kevin Shields. MBV is the follow-up to their genre-defining 1991 album Loveless. Since reuniting in 2007, Shields and Co. have been promising a new album but in typical MBV fashion, it took years for this release to finally emerge, originally via the band's label and website, to unanimous praise. -Midwest Tape
Eminem's accolades are astonishing: eleven Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Lose Yourself from the 8 Mile soundtrack, six #1 albums on the Billboard 200, the best selling artist of the decade 2000-2009, the best selling rapper of all time, over 80 million albums sold worldwide, and #82 on Rolling Stone's list of Greatest Artists of All Time. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2009's Relapse features the first single Not Afraid and second release, Love The Way You Lie. -Midwest Tape
European and African based, globally-connected collective Afro-Celt Sound System have been instrumental in fuelling that far-reaching approach. Over twenty years, they've found kindred spirits across international talent, and forged a reputation for exhilarating shows and an accomplished catalogue of albums, dating back to their 1996 debut, Volume 1: Sound Magic. Now ACSS continue their adventures with their first studio recording in over a decade. -Midwest Tape
Afro Celt Sound System return with their 8th studio album 'Flight'. -Amazon.com
Two years after the release of her critically acclaimed debut Beyond the Bloodhounds, Nashville-based modern blues woman Adia Victoria returns. The album was recorded with Aaron Dessner (The National) at his studio in upstate New York. Throughout the album's twelve tracks, Victoria brings the topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own. -Midwest Tape
One of the biggest stars in classical music returns with a new album. It offers a collection of pieces which first inspired him to play the piano and led him on his path to international stardom.
Featuring original music by Tony Award nominee Matthew Sklar and lyrics from four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin, this musical follows the events that take place after one student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom.
Kindred musicians Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell gather in song and sisterhood to communicate with their forebears. Drawing on early minstrelsy and banjo music, these musicians reclaim, recast, and spotlight the often unheard and untold history of their ancestors, whose stories remain vital and alive today. New World slave narratives, discrimination, and how it has shaped the American experience inspire the material, written and sung in various combinations.
Dee White makes classic-minded country music for the modern world. Raised in small-town Alabama, he's a raw, natural songwriter, spinning the sounds and stories of the American South into songs that nod to the past while still chasing down new horizons.
The eponymous follow up album to the 2016 Grammy-nominated 'Way Back Home.' Contains mostly original, groove-oriented tracks written by the band and produced by the legendary drummer, Steve Gadd.
South Africa's NAKHANE makes a thunderous first step into the United States, announcing the February 22nd release of the deluxe version of her album via BMG. Across eighteen subtle and soaring statements of experimental soul, electronic art pop, and queer anti-gospel, the record captures the heroic voice of an artist budding into an international icon.
From the opening minutes of Noah Lennox's sixth solo album as Panda Bear, it is clear that it resembles something both wholly new and intimately familiar to fans and followers of the musician and Animal Collective member's body of work. It otherwise represents a surprising and intimately pleasurable new direction for an artist who has embraced not repeating oneself as its own creative ethos.
Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz create candid music with deep emotional and personal resonance. The sisters, who record under the moniker Lily & Madeleine, boldly explore what it means to be women in the 21st century, and aren't afraid to use their music to call out injustices or double standards. This fearless approach has permeated their three albums, which are full of insightful lyrics and thoughtful indie-pop.
If there's one aspect of High on Fire that warrants comparison to Lemmy's mighty Motorhead, it's longevity. The band celebrating twenty years of the most thunderous heavy metal in 2018, with brothers-in-arms Pike, bassist Jeff Matz, and drummer Des Kensel having been firmly intact for the last dozen years. Along the way the band has forged a distinct identity of towering riffs, a propulsive rhythm section, shredding solos, and lyrics of Hessian poetry.
After racking up millions of views on YouTube and Vine, pop duo Jack & Jack unveil their debut album, which includes the single No One Compares to You.
The new album from Marina is split into two eight song collections. Both are lush, vibrant, powerful representations of the two main emotional driving forces behind human responses.
After completing work on Roma, director Alfonso Cuaron was struck with the notion of having his favorite musical artists create songs inspired by the film. Interested in hearing what the film might inspire in artists across the globe, Cuaron and his music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein began exploring possibilities with the help of their friend Randall Poster. They approached artists inviting them to contribute either an original piece of music or a cover of one heard in the film.
After more than a decade since her last solo album Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice from The Spice Girls, is back. Her new solo album features appearances form Will Young and Robbie Willams, as well as the single Baby Please Don't Stop.
Having crafted a rich catalog that chronicles love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, Patty Griffin continues to push her art forward, as always imbuing every effort with compassion and craft, uncanny perception, and ever-increasing ingenuity.
Nine-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones's album is a collection of singles that gathers seven eclectic songs that Jones has recorded over the past year with collaborators including Jeff Tweedy and Thomas Bartlett.
Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing. Finite and infinite at the same time. Songs include Call It Dub; Summer Dub; Transforming Dub, and more. -Midwest Tape
Critically acclaimed Los Angeles band Johnnyswim, led by husband-and-wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano, unveil their third full-length album, on April 19. The album marks the group's first release under their newly minted deal with Britannia Row Recordings and BMG. -Midwest Tape
The 2019 album release from Blues Hall of Fame Member John Mayall. -Midwest Tape
Eleven-time Grammy nominated legendary music icon and master of progressive rock, Alan Parsons will returns with a new album, The Secret . Alan's longtime hobby has been performing magic and this brand new album showcases his own passion for the craft, hence the title The Secret. The album will see a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for. Features guest appearances by Jason Mraz, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), and more. -Amazon.com
Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits. HUMAN'S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits New Song, and What Is Love? In 1985, Jones released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: Things Can Only Get Better, Life In One Day, No One Is To Blame, and Like To Get To Know You Well. Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world. TRANSFORM is new wave icon/synth pioneer Howard Jones' first new studio album in nearly a decade! -Amazon.com
This limited Deluxe Edition has two bonus tracks (not available on the regular CD). Yngwie Malmsteen highlights not only his enduring dexterity and diversity, but also pays homage to those from the blues world who have fuelled his artistic spirit for so long. -Midwest Tape
Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson. With the release of their debut album of original material, the band harnesses the depth of their artistic experiences and seminal collaborative sound. Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. -Midwest Tape
The fourth album from The Strumbellas marks a stylistic turn from their melancholy, introspective releases. While staying true to their roots, the band has delivered us an album that elicits the feelings of joy and the promise of hope.
DG continues the Grammy-winning Shostakovich cycle with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director, Andris Nelsons. Following the 'scandalously successful' (Sunday Times) Symphony No. 10 and 'the sheer expressive beauty' (Gramophone Magazine) of the Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 9, Nelsons and the BSO perform the extrovert Fourth and dramatic Eleventh; recorded live for the third album in DG's long-term collaboration with the BSO.
The album consists of wild and inventive jazz arrangements of the best superhero themes, featuring a 'who's-who' of legendary 'jazz superheroes' including George Benson, Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval and Wynton Marsalis, and more.
The Travelin' McCourys release their debut album. The band features brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury, who are the sons of the legendary and influential Del McCoury.
The album is based in jazz but includes cross-genre and cross-culture influences. It shows what's possible in this country and in the world.
Soweto Gospel Choir's heartfelt tribute to international hero Nelson Mandela in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The album features iconic struggle songs associated with the liberation movement in South Africa, including compositions by Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Letta Mbulu and Mbogeni Ngema, creator of the hit musical Saraﬁna.
Several of the compositions put a newfound emphasis on delivering a simpler, streamlined impact.
The House Devils present foot-stomping Irish songs and instrumental sets played with guitar, fiddle, cittern, flute, harmonica, whistle, mandolin, uilleann pipes, double bass and bodhran. The House Devils are Mat Walklate, Matt Fahey, Jonny Hulme, and Laszlo Palko. Reviews for the ensemble's previous albums and performances have been stellar.
Distilling twenty years of experimentation into one propulsive album, Ladytron again pushes the boundaries of electronic pop in invigorating directions with thirteen songs that explore the disquiet of the times.
Bringing this superlative show to CD for the first time with its release, a single CD featuring all 12 songs from his performance.
A jazz-age-inspired album will have families swinging and singing in no time, with a bundle of little surprises along the way.
Cage The Elephant release the follow-up to their Unpeeled album. -Midwest Tape
Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era, a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like Lonely No More; This Is How A Heart Breaks; and Streetcorner Symphony. -Midwest Tape
For the first time, Drake has released the original, full length version of the mixtape that catapulted him into the global spotlight.
Features the most popular praise and worship songs from acclaimedsongwriters including Chris Tomlin, Brooke Ligertwood, Louie Giglio, Ed Cash, Leslie Jordan, Brian Johnson and Matt Redman.
Hayes Carll covers a broad range of topics both timely and constant: the desire to bridge the country's political divide, the ups and downs of relationships, and the challenge to stay present in life as it goes by.
Rising pop star Billie Eilish follows up the successful release of her 2017 EP with her first full length album. It includes the singles when the party's over; you should see me in a crown; and bury a friend.
Soulful no matter what she sang, Dionne Warwick managed to be popular in both R&B and pop circles. This album is from the time in her career in which she established herself as the premier interpreter of Burt Bacharach's music.
Glen Hansard's fourth solo album that was written and created in Paris, France with a band of brothers, new friends, old friends, and more than twenty-four musicians. -Midwest Tape
Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire has become a household name through her successful career spanning across music, television, film, theater, and retail. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has won sixteen ACM's, fifteen AMA's, nine People's Choice Awards, six CMA's, three Grammy Awards, a GMA Dove Award, and is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient. She has had 35 No. one singles and sold over 56 million albums. This is her latest studio album release on Big Machine Records. -Midwest Tape
Sara Bareilles stormed the music scene in 2007 with the hit single Love Song from her debut album Little Voice. Following on the heels of her success with her Broadway musical Waitress, and her starring turn in the live television production of Jesus Christ Superstar, she returns to center stage with her fifth album of twelve new songs. -Midwest Tape
Includes the songs Bango; Got To Keep On; Free Yourself; and more. -Midwest Tape
All seventeen of these tracks are hits by this band. Their straightforward writing and delivery helped them reach the top of the charts. This album includes Hold My Hand and Let Her Cry.
32 tracks of Joe Strummer's career that includes his solo tracks as well as tracks he performed with other bands.
Jimmie Allen was named one of CMT's eighteen for 2018 Listen Up Artists as well as a member of Bobby Bones's Class of 2018. In addition, he was included in Rolling Stone's ten New Country Artists You Need to Know: January 2018. Allen is a native of Delaware and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2007. There, he worked as a songwriter, including a song that appeared in a Super Bowl commercial. In 2017, he signed to Broken Bow Records' Stoney Creek imprint and released his self-titled debut EP.
Jenny Lewis's new album was recorded at Capitol Records' Studio B, and features a backing band of legendary talent including Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr, and Ryan Adams. -Midwest Tape
In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded their new album in just six days. It pays homage to the legendary singer-songwriter Guy Clark. -Midwest Tape
On her debut album, Tasha celebrates the radical political act of being exquisitely gentle with yourself. The Chicago songwriter has dreamed hard of a better world, she's worked with the local racial justice organization Black Youth Project 100 and has been on the front lines at protests. She has returned to the guitar, an instrument her mother first taught her to play when she was fifteen years old, she began exploring the ways music can be a powerful force for healing.
Two years after creating the score for Wonder Woman, Rupert Gregson-Williams returns to the DC cinematic universe with music to match the epic underwater action found in one of the most anticipated films of 2018.
The brand new album from Passion is filled with songs written specifically for Passion 2018. It features songs from bestselling artists including Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Melodie Malone, Crowder, and Brett Younker.
Expanding upon the themes from their highly successful 2015 album, Condition Human, Queensryche delivers ten new songs that offer finest heavy metal with a dark progressive edge and stellar melodies. -Midwest Tape
Since the release of their 2016 album The Fighters, LOCASH has continued to be one of the hottest duos in country music. The latest from the ACM Award-nominated duo includes the single Don't Get Better Than That. -Midwest Tape
Features amazing performances from a concert that Ronstadt recorded in 1980 for her acclaimed HBO television special.
Season two's soundtrack is full of more classic tracks from Dean Martin, Billie Holiday, Julie London, and more.
Includes the songs This Feeling; Somebody; Siren; and more.
The King of Country Music, George Strait is set to release his brand new studio album on March 29th. This will be his first album of all-new material in four years and has thirteen brand new tracks including the first single 'Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.' The album will feature one track with a duet with Willie Nelson, as well as the powerful song 'God and Country Music.' -Midwest Tape
Shovels & Rope is one of the hardest-working bands out there today. Throughout their career, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have constantly been touring, and all the while they’ve made music wherever they can, and recently they’ve taken on two giant new challenges; raising a (growing) family, and helming a successful music festival, Charleston’s High Water Festival. Their new album By Blood is a gritty, powerful look into their lives and the world around them, with tender songs commenting on their relationship, and human stories weaving throughout. -Amazon.com
Inspired by his work on the Netflix series Babylon Berlin, Bryan Ferry puts a vintage 1920s spin on classics from his solo career and Roxy Music.