A Week Ahead – Today’s Top Tune 6.19 – 6.23.17

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This week Today’s Top Tune guides us through a maze of music. First, we’ll hear from the lesser known but hugely talented Brazilian composer Arthur Verocai, and from Other Lives’ Josh Onstott, who has a side project as New Mystics. We’ve finally got new work from Iron & Wine who has shows throughout the US. Plus, Tristen sets out with a new album and a date in LA mid-September at Resident. And check out our latest crush, The Steoples.

​​Monday, June 19

Arthur Verocai: Amor Na Contra Mao from ​​Encore (re-issue)

In 2007, Brazilian composer, arranger and producer Arthur Verocai put out an album that many consider his masterpiece, Encore. The 11 original compositions featured guest artists and a nine-piece string section, culminating in a modern classic that combined Brazilian influences with his interpretations of American soul. A special edition on vinyl has just been released to honor the album’s tenth anniversary. It contains “Amor Na Contra Mao.”

​​Tuesday, June 20

New Mystics: Rebels from ​​Smile with Your Teeth

Josh Onstott is best known for his work with the Oklahoma-based band Other Lives. A new transplant to Los Angeles, he stretches out with a side project called New Mystics. “Rebels” is the first track from his debut full length, scheduled to drop in August.

​​Wednesday, June 21

Iron & Wine: Call It Dreaming from ​​Beast Epic

Late August promises a full-length album by Iron & Wine as well as a chance to experience his songs live when he plays a ton of shows across the US. After a four year hiatus from recording, Beast Epic leans toward the more intimate nature of his past recordings as we hear on “Call It Dreaming.“

Thursday, June 22

Tristen: Clandestine from​​ Sneaker Waves

After years as Jenny Lewis’ back-up singer and keyboardist, Tristen is back with her third album. The songs, recorded in her home studio, act as snapshots on universal themes. The melodic “Clandestine” is but one example.

​​Friday, June 23

The Steoples: From the Otherside from​​ Six Rocks

Let’s get acquainted with the latest project our DJs are digging. Long-time friends, LA producer Gifted & Blessed and vocalist Yeofi of A Race of Angels together make up The Steoples. Take a listen to “From the Otherside.”