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Dean Owens | El Tiradito (The Curse of Sinner’s Shrine) (2023)


Hot on the heels of 2022’s smash Sinner’s Shrine comes its “little brother”. El Tiradito (The Curse Of Sinner’s Shrine) is a double album (2 CDs in a beautifully designed 6 panel digipak), again featuring members of desert noir icons CALEXICO, and recorded partly at WaveLab Studio, Tucson AZ and partly in various home studios from Tucson to Berlin via Pencaitland.
Disc 1 features songs from the long since sold out Desert Trilogy EPs, while Disc 2 is an all new, all instrumental “theme for an imaginary Western” inspired by the story behind Tucson landmark El Tiradito (the Sinner’s Shrine). Stories of love and lust, sinners and saints, the displaced, the wanderers and the border ghosts. Dean Owens

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Bob Dylan | Shadow Kingdom (2023)


Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan’s Shadow Kingdom for the first time as an audio album–available in digital, CD and 2LP 12″ vinyl formats–on Friday, June 2.
Shadow Kingdom presents Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog – including fan favorites like “Forever Young” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” and deep catalog gems like “Queen Jane Approximately” and “The Wicked Messenger.” Originally reinterpreted for an exclusive streaming film event, which aired in July 2021, Shadow Kingdomwill now be available on vinyl, CD, and streaming platforms for the first time. The album’s setlist includes 13 original songs handpicked by Dylan for his Shadow Kingdom performance plus the closing instrumental, “Sierra’s Theme.” Legacy Recordings

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Damien Jurado | Sometimes You Hurt The Ones You Hate (2023)


Sometimes You Hurt The Ones You Hate by Damien Jurado is a richly diverse, compact album and his third full length on his label Maraqopa Records. The eight tracks are heavy with emotion and feature a wide spectrum of Jurado’s continuously developing talents as a songwriter.
After two decades of working with producers and prestige indie labels such as Sub Pop and Secretly Canadian, and, significantly, following the death of his good friend and frequent collaborator Richard Swift, Damien Jurado set up shop as an independently operating entity with the self-produced The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania… All Music

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Peter Case | Doctor Moan (2023)


Peter Case as a member of the groundbreaking proto punk band The Nerves, former frontman for the wildly underrated Plimsouls, and a remarkable solo artist for the past three decades, has earned the right to deviate from the music people expect from him at this point. And deviate he does on Doctor Moan, his 16th solo album.
Across 11 tracks, Case puts down the guitar for most of the set and moves to the piano for this wide-ranging collection of jazz, blues and folk songs. “I grew up on 1950s and ‘60s rock & roll… Americana Highways
And now for something completely different. At least concerning Peter Case. The one-time punk (The Nerves) and power pop (The Plimsouls) frontman has been a hard-core folk/blues/roots rock troubadour since his still stunning 1986 solo debut. Sixteen albums and one pandemic later, he’s still at it. But now he has changed things up. Case strips down to a (mostly) trio format… American Songwriter

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Rufus Wainwright | Folkocracy (2023)


Rufus Wainwright will release new album ‘Folkocracy’ on June 2nd. The new album was completed in the run up to his 50th birthday, and it finds Rufus reflecting on some of his earliest influences. The songwriter was brought up around music, with parents Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright obviously working in the folk sphere. ‘Folkocracy’ finds Rufus Wainwright paying homage to this realm, working alongside producer Mitchell Froom and a mouth-watering list of guests. He comments:
“This album is almost like a recorded birthday party and birthday present to myself. I just invited all the singers that I greatly admire and always wanted to sing with.“ CLASH
Folkocracy is Rufus Wainwright revisiting his roots, of childhood summers spent at folk festivals and watching his famous family on stage. But it’s also the sound of an artist in the present, flanked by an incredible array of guests, using all he has learnt from conquering pop to make music worthy of awards.It was during 2021’s Grammys ceremony that the idea for an album of folk reinventions came to Rufus.

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Elton John | Honky Château [50th Anniversary Edition] (2023)


UMe announces the 50th-anniversary reissue of Elton John’s Honky Château. Available to pre-order now on 2CD, 2LP and limited-edition gold vinyl LP, the album is released on March 24th. “Rocket Man (Live at The Festival Hall, London 1972)” and “Mellow” (Session Demo) are also unveiled as the first instant grats available from Honky Château 50th Anniversary Edition. This live debut of “Rocket Man at the Royal Festival Hall” – recorded two months before its release as the album’s first single – is striking in its freshness and its ability to nearly replicate the studio arrangement on stage. The line-up of Davey Johnstone (guitar), Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olsson (drums) immediately established itself as the core of the “classic” Elton band, solidifying Elton’s studio and stage presence through his most prolific period. UMe

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Dorothy Moskowitz & The United States of Alchemy | Under An Endless Sky (2023)


Under An Endless Sky represents the interchange that took place between electronic composer Francesco Paolo Paladino, composer and writer Luca Chino Ferrari, and the legendary Dorothy Moskowitz, an icon of underground culture who broke all kinds of new ground as a member of The United States of America. Led by the charismatic composer Joseph Byrd, the band released their lone eponymous album on Columbia Records in 1968. It has taken on a mythic status that has grown through the years, sampled by Diplo and Mac Miller and widely acknowledged as a visionary psychedelic classic. Francesco Paolo Paladino, an avant-garde Italian composer contacted Dorothy, inviting her to sing on some of his compositions. When she heard his 2021 CD release of “Barene & Other Works,” she recognized… Tompkins Square

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Graham Nash | Now (2023)


Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Graham Nash, returns with his first studio album of new material in seven years, Now, due for release May 19 via BMG.
The forthcoming 13-track album Now is produced by Nash and longtime touring keyboardist Todd Caldwell. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Nash has released the first single ‘Right Now’.
Commenting on the forthcoming album, Nash said: “I believe that my new album Now is the most personal one I have ever made. At this point in my life, that’s something to say”.
Nash will hit the road in support of Now this spring with a run of performances throughout the US. The tour Sixty Years of Songs and Stories marks the sixtieth anniversary of Nash’s first single with The Hollies and includes multiple night residencies in New York; Chicago; Minneapolis; Alexandria, VA; Annapolis, MD and more. Additionally, in June and July Nash will revisit his west coast… BMG

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Ed Sheeran | – (Subtract) (2023)

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The fifth and final entry in his series of albums titled with mathematical symbols, Ed Sheeran wrote and recorded its 14 tracks with Aaron Dessner, a member of US alt-rock band the National who also had a major creative role in Taylor Swift’s Folklore and Evermore. It will be released on 5 May.
It is billed as a return to traditional singer-songwriter performance, after the polished pop of much of Sheeran’s catalogue; a press release promises songs ranging from “pared back, folk-leaning textures to bolder, full-band/orchestral arrangements”. The Guardian
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