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    • Spiritualized Announce 20th Anniversary “Ladies and Gentlemen…” Show, Plan New Album for 2017
      If you've never seen Spiritualized live before then you're missing out on one of the greatest live bands of the last two decades, especially when Jason Pierce and whoever is in the band at the time is accompanied by a gospel choir and a string section. 
    • Listen: Oasis Share Previously Unreleased Demo Version of “Angel Child”
      Oasis are releasing a deluxe reissue of 1997's third album Be Here Now on October 14 (previously the release date was October 7). It includes 14 previously unreleased album demos recorded on Mustique Island, a Caribbean island, in 1996. 
    • Listen: La Sera - “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin Cover)
      La Sera (ex-Vivian Girl Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker) released a new album, Music For Listening to Music To, back in March via Polyvinyl. Tomorrow (September 30) they are releasing a new EP, Queens, also via Polyvinyl (it's a digital-only release). 
    • Listen: Jagwar Ma - “Slipping”
      Jagwar Ma are releasing their sophomore album, Every Now & Then, on October 14 via Mom + Pop. Previously the band had shared "OB1" (via its video) and "Give Me a Reason" (which is below). Now the band has shared another song from the album, "Slipping."
    • Virgin Suicide
      Virgin Suicide's moniker was fairly obviously inspired by the 2000-released Sofia Coppola directed film The Virgin Suicides. But somewhat surprisingly, film isn't an overt influence on the songwriting of the  Danish act's sun-drenched pop numbers, according to their frontman Martin Grønne.
    • Listen: Lower Dens Cover Hall & Oates’ “Maneater” For “The Time Is Now” Charity Compilation
      Lower Dens has covered Daryl Hall and John Oates' 1982 classic "Maneater" (from their H2O album). The cover will appear on a new charity album, The Time Is Now, which is due out October 7 via Republic/Mass Appeal and benefits amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research). 
    • Listen: Phantogram - “You’re Mine”
      Phantogram (the duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) are releasing their third album, the appropriately titled Three, next Friday (October 7) via Republic. Previously the band shared a bunch of tracks from the album: "You Don't Get High Anymore," as well as a video for the song, and the songs "Run Run Blood," "Cruel World, […]
    • Stream the New Album by Conor Oberst - “Ruminations”
      Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes is releasing a new solo album, Ruminations, on October 14 via Nonesuch. It is described as a solo acoustic album. No actual songs from the album have been shared since the album wasannounced in early August and the album isn't due out for two more weeks, but now you can stream the whole thing below via NPR First Listen.  […]
    • Listen: Empire of the Sun - “To Her Door” (Featuring Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham)
      Australian dance duo Empire of the Sun are releasing their third album, Two Vines, on October 28 via Astralwerks. They have already shared the album's first two singles, "High and Low" and title track "Two Vines," as well asa video for "High and Low."
    • Dead Blue
      British/American dream-pop act Still Corners should take a page out of S U R V I V E's book (as with Netflix's Stranger Things) and do the musical score for a dark '80s-indebted series. 
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    • Album Stream: White Laces - 'No Floor' September 29, 2016
      Acerbic indie with heaps of energy...White Laces are in a state of transition. Part of the scene that coalesces around Richmond, Virginia, the band recently expanded, adding a new member and a whole new set of possibilities. New album 'No Floor' is the result. Due out on September 30th, it's an acerbic blast of indie rock that comes laced with […]
    • Top Picks From POP Montreal 2016 September 29, 2016
      Vic Galloway writes for Clash...For my first visit to Canada last week, I was lucky enough to step into the open-minded, culturally rich, diverse and tolerant city of Montreal. Immediately struck by the melange of North American and European influences, not to mention the Francophone Quebecois individuality, I felt at home immediately. In 2016 Pop Montreal c […]
    • Live Report: Outlook Festival 2016 September 29, 2016
      A feast of bass resonating along the Croatian shore...There’s a chant that you’ll have heard from the mouths of MCs, crowds and artists all over Fort Punta Christo if you’ve made it across to any of the nine Outlooks: “Croatia Croatia!” At the 2016 opening concert, staged in Pula’s dramatic 2000-year-old amphitheatre, the origins of this phrase are helpfully […]
    • Premiere: Dale Howard - 'Pulsar' September 29, 2016
      A name closely associated with top quality house music...House is a broad spectrum, but Dale Howard seems to encompass it all. Uniting various strands of dance culture, the producer's infectious sound has already found a warm home with labels such as Objektivity, VIVa, and Noir. New EP 'Pulsar', though, will be released on Dale's own Wrec […]
    • In Conversation: Pixies September 29, 2016
      David Lovering on their new album and evading expectations...2016 marks not only the 30th anniversary of Pixies’ formation but also sees the release of new album ‘Head Carrier’ this Friday (September 30th). Teaming up with British producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood) and with Paz Lenchantin truly filling the Kim Deal shaped hole that hurt previous release ‘Ind […]
    • Dance To The Radio Is Back September 29, 2016
      Resurgent Leeds imprint plot new single from The Pigeon Detectives...In its short-lived spell Dance To The Radio managed to stamp out its own identity, leaving muddy footprints on the landscape of British music. The Leeds-based label unearthed countless gems, with the team focussing on discovering and nurturing new talent. Hosting the Dance To The Radio stag […]
    • The CAT Colorado: 25th Anniversary September 29, 2016
      The brand taps a new group of creatives to reimagine the classic design.Launched 25 years ago, CAT Footwear’s Colorado model has long since dropped the industrial focus from which it was born, in recent years finding itself instead at the forefront of contemporary subcultures. Likewise the subject of collaboration, the shoe has been remodeled by a number of […]
    • The Growlers - City Club September 29, 2016
      Sounds made for cruising around LA in early evening...With a name like The Growlers first time listeners could be forgiven for thinking latest LP ‘City Club’ is a snarling effort, but behold this release from the American band is more of a further exploration of quintessential thumping bass lines, slinky synths and charmingly distorted vocals. This is the co […]
    • Bonzai's 'I Did' Is The Sound Of Promise Fulfilled September 29, 2016
      An essential new single...With Bonzai, all bets are off. The singer seems to sit at a hitherto unexplored junction between R&B and pop, electronic music and folk, bringing opposites together simply to see what happens. The results are pretty special. Now signed to Columbia, Bonzai's new single 'I Did' is a flouro-soaked return, an impossib […]
    • Girlhood's 'My Boy' Is Addictive Yet Impossible To Identify September 29, 2016
      Curious home-spun dance-pop from a London narrow boat...Girlhood were born out of frustration, out of broken hearts and a broken leg. The duo - Christian Pinchbeck and Tessa Cavanna - came together following previous failed projects, working on Christian's narrow boat on the Regents Canal. Allowing their minds to drift, the duo began fusing late 80s hip […]
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    • DAVID LEE ROTH HAS A STALKER September 30, 2016
      Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has posted the following account called, My Stalker, on his blog. Excerpts appear below: “Stalker blog. Part 1. Help! I have a stalker. A very real one. 75 stalker phone calls in the last 4 months. All of them at 5:30-6:00 in the morning. All 917 and 301 area... Read more
    • 9/29: MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE WEST IS HERE! September 29, 2016
      Monsters Of Rock Cruise West is here! I’ve had the honor of hosting these great rock cruises ever since they began, and it’s awesome to see how they’ve grown. A couple years ago I said to Larry Morand how cool it would be to do one from the W coast, and sure enough here we... Read more
      SiriusXM announced today the launch of Volume, the first-ever 24/7 talk radio channel dedicated to music — its latest news, raging controversies, and non-stop debates – as the focus of the conversation. This new channel will cover all genres of popular music. Volume will deliver a mixture of live daily shows, artist interviews, weekly specials,... Read more […]
      I am extremely excited to announce that I will be a daily host on a brand new SiriusXM channel called Volume (channel 106) that was announced today! My show “Trunk Nation” will air Monday-Friday LIVE from 2-4PM ET, with replays later in the day (times TBA). As many of you know I have been doing... Read more
    • 9/28: METALLICA LAST NIGHT LIVE IN NYC September 28, 2016
      Had the chance to see Metallica last night in a small private show in NYC at Webster Hall (formerly The Ritz back in the old days). I saw so many great shows at this venue over the decades including GnR in the legendary MTV ’87 show. Always great memories and it hasn’t changed at all... Read more
      In June 2016, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made many long held dreams come true for his fans as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow played three concerts in Europe, two in Germany and one in England. The two German shows at Loreley and Bietigheim were caught on camera to produce Memories In Rock-Live In Germany, which will be... Read more
      Had a busy day in NYC yesterday. Spent some time with the guys in Metallica who were in to appear on Howard Stern and various other SiriusXM shows. It was good to see them all. Spent a good amount of time talking UFO with Kirk (he’s a fellow super fan!) and interviewed Lars. You’ll hear... Read more
      Metallica are worried about the future of rock music after they’ve gone, they’ve revealed. The band discussed their concerns in a question-and-answer session with fans on Sirius XM as they continue to promote upcoming album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Despite name-checking several rising-star acts, they expressed fears over what will happen to the heavy mus […]
      Former Cinderella guitarist, Jeff LaBar, spoke with Another FN Podcast With Izzy Presley about the band’s decision to stop touring, saying that he understands why Tom doesn’t return his calls and admitting that he is “pretty much done playing music.” Excerpts from interview appear below as transcribed by When asked where he thinks Cinderell […]
      A picture of the classic Dokken lineup has surfaced online. As previously reported, the band will reunite for six shows in Japan in October, and one in the States, which will be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on September 30th. In a recent interview with Classic Rock, guitarist George Lynch says the reunion is, “…like... Read more
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Best Albums of 2012: Ruthie Foster ‘Let it Burn’

Posted by falconi5 on May 7, 2012

Ruthie Foster – Let it Burn (Rating 4.5 out of 5)

One of the gospel-blues scene’s best-kept secrets for over a decade, Texan singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster finally achieved some long-overdue mainstream recognition when her 2009 sixth studio effort, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, picked up a Grammy nomination. By putting down the guitar and concentrating entirely on her vocals for the first time in her career, her follow-up, Let It Burn, suggests she means business. It’s a wise move, as her impassioned, soulful tones have always been her main selling point, and backed by an impressive array of musicians, including the Meters’ rhythm section and legendary gospel act the Blind Boys of Alabama, they’re allowed the freedom to showcase their versatility, whether it’s channeling the velvety smoothness of Anita Baker on the atmospheric blues of John Martyn’s “Don’t Want to Know,” matching the power of Aretha Franklin on the a cappella rendition of early 20th century folk standard “The Titanic,” or echoing the spiritual leanings of Carleen Anderson on the harmony-driven opener “Welcome Home.” Alongside the groove-laden old-school R&B of “Aim for the Heart” and the pure gospel of “Lord Remember Me,” the latter is the only original composition, but John Chelew’s inspired production ensures there’s still plenty of invention elsewhere. Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” is rendered almost unrecognizable thanks to a gorgeously shimmering and reverb-laden arrangement, Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer” is transformed into an authentic slice of New Orleans jazz, while Ike Stubblefield’s rich organ riffs lend a hymnal quality to the likes of the Band’s “It Makes No Difference” and the William Bell duet “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” Effortlessly classy covers of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” and the Black Keys’ “Everlasting Light” show she isn’t averse to more contemporary fare. But whichever era Foster picks and chooses from, Let It Burn always feels utterly timeless.

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