Greetings! Here’s what’s on tap this week for your downloading pleasure. First up, Beta Band frontman Steve Mason is back with new solo work. After a 10-year hiatus, The Raconteurs still sizzle. South African artist Nakhane teams up with ANONHI. We check in with LA’s Auragraph and your Friday Feeling is courtesy of Y La Bamba, who come to the El Rey Theater on February 16.
Formerly the frontman for the now defunct Beta Band, Steve Mason resurfaces with a new solo album. His goal with this project was to capture the songs live, so he could draw out their soulful elements. Check out the beautiful and confident “Stars Around My Heart.”
After over 10 years, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler are back with new music as The Raconteurs. We’ll hear more as the year progresses but start with Jack White taking the lead on a scorching rendition of “Sunday Driver.”
Dubbed an Artist To Watch in 2019 by the New York Times, Nakhane is not your average South African songwriter. An actor and novelist, Nakhane came out as gay to his fundamentalist Christian church, which resulted in him being subjected to conversion therapy. He embraced his sexuality and delivers the political and timely, “New Brighton” featuring ANOHNI.
LA-based artist Hector Carlos Ramirez established his alias, Auragraph, in 2018, after years of producing music under different monikers. “Polywave” leans toward ambient synths, while merging analog drumbeats.
Today marks the day Y La Bamba release their highly anticipated album Mujeres. Frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza reclaims her strength from a troubled past on “Boca Llena.”