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178 songs and albums submitted this week. Here are my picks for the best.

178 submissions this week

 The Light at the End of the Line,  album by Janis Ian.  The final album from one of the multiple Grammy winning Queen of Americana, folk rock, blues and social commentary for over a half century. Gentle, forceful, determined, melodic, the 12-trck kaleidoscope of a farewell album will stay on your playlists forever.  Available January 21.  Pre-order at invasionmerch.com/collections/janis-ian.

Dead Man’s Party, single by Militia Vox. Leave your body and soul at the door for this spooky party by the incomparable Mistress of Mystery herself.  As she says, best enjoyed with earphones on or in a moving car on a lonely road at night.  Available on Bandcamp. https://bit.ly/352vil8

Big Man, album by Big Lou Johnson.  Deep down dirty blues.  Aficionados will love it, for everyone else it is a look into a authentic blues world. The leadoff song “Lighten Strike” grab you immediately. Available on major platforms.

One Way Out of a Hole, single  by Cloud Cult. Swirling, swaying wisdom in a gravel voice with  ethereal notes  and a strong beat carrying it  – and you – along.  The 8-person band – 3 women and 5 men – released this single from their upcoming album Metamorphasis.  Stream and pre-order the album on Spotify. https://cloudcult.com

Problemon, single by Álvaro Díiaz.  Great rap , well done. The Puerto Rican urban-alternative rapper and writer knows how to infuse Spanish-language rap with romance and melody – and keep it danceable.  On all major platforms.

Livin’ for Love by Jackie Bristow.  The New Zealand native is  back in the USA and better than ever with a Nashville-recorded single that is the heart of country soul.     Addictive with mix of acoustic and deep-down  electric guitars, banjo, and her seductive Americana voice, this song will make you rock out a soar with her melody at the same time.  Video on YouTube.  “Outsider” album out March 4 on Mesa Blue Moon records  https://jackiebristow.com

BONUS.  Check on the winners of the 2021 Unsigned Only competition and if you an artist, think about entering at https://www.unsignedonly.com/

Patrick O’Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras

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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (348 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist 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 also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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