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A midsummer’s crop of new albums? Do go on! John Mayer reunites with producer Don Was for the sleek and stylized Sob Rock. Though the album is only occasionally as ‘yacht rock’ (or ‘roséwave,’ for that matter) as its Winwood/Scaggs/Palmer-indebted cover suggests, it boasts plenty of Mayer’s skillful guitar work as well as contributions from Maren Morris and Cautious Clay. Following her 2019 breakout, lo-fi phenom Clairo returns with her intimate and tender second album, Sling. Returning to his Chet Faker moniker, singer/producer Nick Murphy explores rhythms and atmospheres on Hotel Surrender. Imminent XPN Fest headlinersTedeschi Trucks Band (and guest Trey Anastasio) present a recording of their one-off run-through of Derek and the Dominos’ seminal 1970 LP Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which they staged for the 2019 LOCKN’ festival. Adventurous LA artist Lawrence Rothman puts their own spin on sun-bleached Americana on the Lucinda Williams- and Amanda Shires-featuring Good Morning, America. Brazilian-born Rodrigo Amarante might be best-known for his song “Tuyo” serving as the theme to the series Narcos; his new solo album, Drama, draws inspiration from bossa nova and The Rolling Stones. Canadian folk-pop heroes Barenaked LadiesDetour de Force is their first release in four years, featuring topical songs the venerable group constructed in lockdown. Santigold, Ziggy Marley, The Clash’s Mick Jones, and others make appearances on Solid Gold U-Roy, the final album by reggae icon U-Roy, who passed away in February of this year. PRESS PLAY on these new releases (and a bunch more) below…

John MayerSob Rock
WE LOVE: “Last Train Home (feat. Maren Morris)” “New Light” “Carry Me Away (feat. Cautious Clay)”

Clairo Sling
WE LOVE: “Blouse” “Little Changes”

Chet FakerHotel Surrender
WE LOVE: “Low” “Feel Good”

Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring Trey AnastasioLayla Revisited (Live At LOCKN’)
WE LOVE: “Little Wing” “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad”

Lawrence RothmanGood Morning America
WE LOVE: “Thrash the West (feat. Amanda Shires)” “The Fix”

Rodrigo AmaranteDrama
WE LOVE: “Maré” “Tango”

Barenaked LadiesDetour de Force
WE LOVE: “New Disaster” “Flip”

U-RoySolid Gold U-Roy
WE LOVE: “Man Next Door (feat. Santigold)” “Stop That Train (feat. Rygin King)”

EXTENDED PLAYS:
A Place to Bury StrangersHologram EP, Adé with Connan MockasinIt’s Just Wind, Alice ColtraneKirtan: Turiya Sings, Boy GoldenChurch of Better Daze, Cochemea Vol. II: Baca Sewa, Gang of Youthstotal serene EP, Ida MaeClick Click Domino, James Vincent McMorrowGrapefruit Season, Jodi Blue Heron, K.D.A.P.Influences, Karen BlackDreaming of You (1971-1976), Nathaniel RateliffRed Rocks 2020, Runner Always Repeating, Wavves Hideaway, William Tyler & Luke SchneiderUnderstand EP, The ZolasCome Back to Life

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