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Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas, Chip Tooth Smile

Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Rob Thomas of Local 389 (Orlando, FL) has released his fourth solo album, Chip Tooth Smile.

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Electro-Harmonix Switchblade Pro

The Electro-Harmonix Switchblade Pro is a compact switching pedal with advanced features: True mechanical bypass, soft switching, high-quality/low-noise buffers, volume controls for all input signals, and high headroom.

Get Published in New Releases

Get your new release highlighted in the pages of International Musician.

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Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell – The Legacy [1961-2017]

Glen Campbell’s life and career is being celebrated with Glen Campbell – The Legacy [1961-2017], an updated and expanded edition of his long-out-of-print, career-spanning box set.


Alto Professional’s TS315S and TS318S Subwoofers

Alto Professional’s new high-powered subwoofers, the TS315S and TS318S, extend the bass response of Alto TS3 full-range speakers, resulting in systems with improved wide-range response and dramatic low frequencies and soaring, transparent mid-range and highs.

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Manuel Hilleke: Groove Trumpet

Playing guides, graphical instructions for phrasing and articulation, as well as exercises for improvisation are included in Groove Trumpet.

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Songs of a Sourdough

These five movements form a backdrop for an exploration of life in the Yukon and are built around five texts by British-Canadian poet Robert Service.

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Jim Self, Flying Circus: Music for Brass Quintet

In Flying Circus, tubist Jim Self of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) compiles the many quintets he has composed from 1996-2016.

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Playing with Ease: A Healthy Approach to Guitar Technique

Playing with Ease is a book about ergonomic technique for the guitar, as well as other instruments.

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John Henry Ryan II, John the Blind

John the Blind marks the latest solo endeavor by songwriter-producer John Henry Ryan II of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA). This EP was preceded by three buzzworthy tracks “Hallelujah,” “Sticky,” and “Two Months.”