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Ron Carter, The Brown Beatnik Tomes

This album is a collaboration between legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter of Local 802 (New York City) and novelist, poet, and abstract expressionist painter Danny Simmons.

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Tim Bluhm, Sorta Surviving

Tim Bluhm’s new full-length solo album, Sorta Surviving, is a testament to his versatility as an artist and honed skill as a songwriter.

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Debra Cowan, Greening the Dark

Debra Cowan of Local 1000 (nongeographic) has released her sixth recording, Greening the Dark. The EP, her second collaboration with drummer Dave Mattacks of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA) as arranger and producer, contains six songs about change, loss, transformation, tragedy, and empowerment.

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Duke Charelle, Beyond the Magik Mirror

In his new album, Beyond the Magik Mirror, Duke Charelle of Local 542 (Flint, MI) captures the material and spiritual, and all the ups and downs of life.

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Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway is the recent album of music and stories by Bruce Springsteen of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) and Local 399 (Asbury Park, NJ), and the soundtrack of the Netflix film of the same name. The album is the complete live performance of the show.

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Willie Nelson, Ride Me Back Home

Ride Me Back Home, the latest album by Willie Nelson of Local 433 (Austin, TX) is a reflective, upbeat journey through life, of love and time’s inescapable rhythms, as viewed from Nelson’s inimitable perspective.

Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album)

Weezer Weezer (Teal Album) and Weezer (Black Album) The American rock band Weezer released two albums within two months of each other early this year, both named Weezer, although one is known as the “Teal Album” and one is known as the “Black Album.” The band, comprising Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) musicians Rivers Cuomo, […]

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The Best of Everything 1976 – 2016

The Best of Everything is the first career-spanning collection of all of Tom Petty’s hits with The Heartbreakers, his solo work, and Mudcrutch.

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Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars

Bruce Springsteen’s first studio album in five years takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ’60s and early ’70s.

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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.