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Best 6 of 151 albums and songs submitted this week

151 submissions

I Don’t Live here Anymore, single from new album of the same name  by The War on Drugs. The ever popular psych-rock, sort-of-shoe-gaze band has come back after a 4-year hiatus with an addictive track  about getting older, accepting yourself as such and refusing to worry about it  Stream on Spotify and all platforms. Video on YouTube.

El Imperio, single  by Florencia Andrada. An  emotional, melodic song about man’s impunity and woman united to help another who has been abused. Her voice and the fine music of her band and backing vocalists make this a joy to listen to even if the message is tough. In Spanish.  Stream/download on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer

1940 Carmen, album  by Mon Laferte. The ten songs of this bi-lingual album take us on a winding adventure of varied music and references to the LSD days of the 60’s, to the coasts of California.  Her sweet curl of a voice will bring you back to this album over and over. Available on all major platforms.

Felicilanda, album  by Alvaro Diaz. With  collaborations withRauw Alejandro, Sebastian Yatra, Tainy, Feid, , Rawayana, and Jesse Baez, and others, Diaz releases his best album of creative, touge-in-cheek melodic alt rap yet. On all major platforms. Spanish.

In the Morning by Sarah Elizabeth Haines. Classical/rock/Broadway composer, musician, songwriter/singer uses her sweet voice scaffolded by clanging guitar riffs, a heavy baseline and strings that create a sonic contrast that is addictive.  I can’t get enough of it.  Available on Bandcamp, Spotify.

Para Poderte Olvidar, single by Qiensave? The Salinas, CA based Cumbia Urbana group is so much fun. This latest release from an upcoming album El After. is about forgetting a lost love. You will dance and sing and shout out.  Available on all major platforms. Spanish.

Bonus: Nikki Giovanni’s Earliest Albums reissued  b y Modern Harmonics , weaving mesmerizing poetry with gospel by the New York Community Choir for the first two  albums and a funky production for the third.

Patrick O’Heffernan

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Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist and radio broadcaster based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is a cyclist, dancing fiend and also likes to watch his friend drag race. He has relaunched his LA-based radio show Music Friday Live as Music Sin Fronteras- Music Without Borders - from Mexico - tune in every Friday at 1 pm Central

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