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From the Music Director: May 6th 2016

From punk to classical, KHSU Music Director highlights new releases of interest to the KHSUlistenership. 

Read on for recaps.

CLASSICAL: San Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet completes its series of Beethoven’s quartets with The Early String Quartets. 

FOLK: Nashville-based singer-songwriter and longtime session musician, Darrell Scott, who is best known to be part of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, releases his tenth solo recording with Couchville Sessions.

JAZZ: Guitarist Peter Bernstein makes his debut with the NY-based label (and club) Smoke Sessions with Let Loose, with his self-written compositions. Bernstein is joined by bassist Doug Weiss, drummer Bill Stewart and pianist Gerald Clayton.

Vocalist Gregory Porter delivers another excellent release, Take Me To The Alley, with his deep, soulful voice, informed by gospel, as well as jazz. No dramatic changes, yet it’s still sweet. Stream it via NPR’s First Listen.

ROCK: Louisiana-reared, Portland-based Kyle Craft is a young singer-songwriter influenced by glam bands, such as T. Rex, The New York Dolls and the late David Bowie. He recruited two members of Helio Sequence to produce his debut album, Dolls Of Highland, for Sub Pop. 


Credit Lefse Records

Philadelphia-based band Grubby Little Hands release their third full-length release, Garden Party, a notable album of psychedelic pop. 

Scottish veteran band Trashcan Sinatras release a new full-length, Wild Pendulum, working with Bright Eyes’ producer Mike Mogis. 

WORLD: Algeria-based desert blues group, Imarhan, release their satisfying self-titled debut. Frontman
Moussa Ben Abderahmane is related to a member of Tinariwen, who this band could be most aligned with.