WHO'S ON TOUR
Into It. Over It.
Over the Rhine
Tedeschi Trucks Band
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4 ARTISTS TO KNOW
Maggie Rogers in singer-songwriter and producer, using a combination of folk, dance and r&b to emotionally move her audience and produce a powerful and crowd-pleasing sound. Hailing from east Maryland, Maggie started playing the harp at age seven and by the time she reached middle school she was playing piano and guitar and writing songs. She attended a Berklee College of Music summer program, winning the program’s songwriting contest, catapulting her focus on songwriting as her time at the St. Andrew’s School in Delaware was coming to an end. She releases her first album, The Echo, in 2012, using the demo as part of her application to New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. While participating in a master class at New York University with Pharrell Williams, she visibly moved him with her song “Alaska” which she wrote in just 15 minutes about a hiking trip.
Jarryd James hails from Brisbane, Australia. He is an alt-pop singer/songwriter and producer. His debut album, Thirty One, was released in 2015, featuring single, “Do You Remember.” Jarryd’s sophomore album, High, quickly followed in July of 2016. Jarryd’s single, “Do You Remember” won best release at the 2015 ARIA Music Awards. Jarryd has supported other acts like Broods and Angus & Julia Stone.
Jesca Hoop is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, who sound can be characterized as experimental with folk, rock and electronic influences. She has even said before that, “I have an identity crisis every time I write a catalogue of songs, I think: what is this music? Where does it fit?” Jesca grew up in Santa Rosa, California in a traditional Mormon family, singing hymns and folk tunes with her family in four-part harmony. When Jesca was 14, her parents split, and two years later she broke away from the Mormon religion, and moved to live in Northern California and Wyoming, off the grid. In the year 2000 Jesca moved to Los Angeles where she became a nanny for Tom Waits’ Children and her musical career took off. He helped to get Jesca a publishing deal, with Lionel Conway who got her song “Seed of Wonder” into the right hands and on the radio. Jesca has released five albums, the most recent, Memories Are Now, was released in February of 2017.
A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip-hop group formed in 1985. The group officially broke up in 1998 after releasing their fifth album, but got back together in 2006 and toured the US, and in November of 2016 they released their sixth album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.” The group originally composed of MC and producer Q-Tip, MC Phife Dawg, DJ and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and MC Jarobi Whote, who left the band in 1991 after the release of their debut album but reunited with the group in 2006 for their North American tour. The group is seen as one of the original pioneers of alternative hip-hop, helping to pave the way for many innovative artists. The editors of About.com ranked them number four on their list of “25 Best Rap Groups of All Time”.
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THIS WEEK'S COVER
Song: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
original by Bing Crosby
cover by LESLIE ODOM
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The North 41