Thursday, April 28, 2022

Stagecoach Festival livestream via YouTube coming this weekend, April 29 — May 1

If you not going to be in Indio this weekend, you can still catch all of the musical proceedings via a livestream of the Stagecoach Festival available on YouTube...Robert Kinsler

Carrie Underwood will headline at
Stagecoach on Saturday night, April 30.
This weekend, YouTube will bring music fans front and center for country music’s biggest festival, Stagecoach, with its exclusive livestream sponsored by Verizon and Toyota. Starting at 3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM EST on Friday, April 29, virtual festival-goers around the world can tune in to the livestream for highly anticipated performances from Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, BRELAND, Brothers Osborne, The MavericksMaren Morris, Margo Price, Orville Peck, Smokey Robinson, Yola and more. 

The livestream set times can be found in the watchpage description HERE and at now. You can find full details below, including livestream host and YouTube Premium pre-parties performer info.


Raul Malo of The Mavericks.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift

This weekend, YouTube will bring music fans front and center for country music’s biggest festival, Stagecoach, with its exclusive livestream sponsored by Verizon and Toyota. Starting at 3:30 PM PST / 6:30 PM EST on Friday, April 29, virtual festival-goers around the world can tune in to the livestream for highly anticipated performances from Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, BRELAND, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Margo Price, Orville Peck, Smokey Robinson, The MavericksYola and more.


Fans can tune in to the livestream hosted by festival performers BRELAND (Friday), Reyna Roberts (Saturday) and Hailey Whitters (Sunday), from desktop, mobile, living room or the YouTube Music app. The livestream set times can be found in the watchpage description HERE and at now.


      What: YouTube exclusive livestream of Stagecoach Festival

      When: This weekend, starting Friday, April 29 @ 3:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM ET through Monday, including replays.

      Where: Official Stagecoach YouTube Channel, set your reminders now!


Stagecoach’s post headliner Late Night in Palomino sets are also sure to bring the late night party to the next level each night so be sure to tune in.


YouTube Premium members will have special access to YouTube Premium pre-parties throughout the weekend from Midland on Friday, Carrie Underwood and Brothers Osborne on Saturday, and Cody Johnson on the festival’s final day. Each exclusive Pre-Party will automatically redirect into those artists’ live Stagecoach sets. YouTube Music also has the pre-festival vibes covered with playlists including Stagecoach 2022: The LineupPalomino Stage and Stagecoach Throwdown.

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza set to return Aug. 4-7: Trombone Shorty, Taj Mahal, Allen Stone, Eric Gales, Donavon Frankenreiter & more!

Summer is just around the corner. The lineup and related details for the forthcoming Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza have just been released. This sounds like an amazing event and Mammoth is one of the most beautiful places on the planet...Robert Kinsler

Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza set to return, August 4-7, 2022

Eric Gales performing at Doheny Blues
Festival in May 2018.
Photo credit: Bob Steshetz

Line-up includes Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Taj Mahal Quartet, Allen Stone, Eric Gales, Donavon Frankenreiter and many more!

Donavon Frankenreiter performing at The Coach House
in May 2021. Photo credit: Bob Steshetz

The Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
, the largest and longest-running music festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA, is proud to announce its line-up for the 26th Annual Event, set to take place Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 4-7, 2022.

In addition to the great and wide-ranging lineup, there will be multiple choices of craft beer available from more than 80 craft breweries including Mammoth Brewing Company. Cocktails will also be sold on all four days of the event.

Carolyn Wonderland at The Coach
House in March 2022.
Photo credit: Bob Steshetz

Festival tickets are now available in multiple price levels that include beer tasting and festival ticket combinations, early entry to the festival grounds on all four days, and grand beer tasting on Saturday and Sunday. All ticket types are available for purchase online at

Tommy Castro will perform at the festival on Aug. 6, 2022.
Photo: Bob Steshetz

August 4 
     Donavon Frankenreiter, Ana Popovic, Jelly Bread, Brother Yusef

August 5      The Taj Mahal Quartet, Eric Gales, Sugaray Rayford, Beaux Gris                             Gris & The Apocalypse, Dirty Cello, Brother Yusef

August 6    Allen Stone, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers featuring Deanna                                Bogart, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Carolyn Wonderland, Chris Cain,                             The Atomic 44s, Sixty Grit Band, Dano Forte's Juke Joint Freak                               Show, more

August 7     Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Main Squeeze, Jackie                               Venson, Deanna Bogart, Chris Cain, Sixty Grit Band, more    

Tickets and more information:

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Coachella Weekend 2 recap: Billie Eilish, Danny Elfman, Phoebe Bridgers, Japanese Breakfast, more!

An art installation at Coachella.
Photo credit: Robert Kinsler

Review by Robert Kinsler

Maria Zardoya of The Marias.
Photo credit: Beth Sarah / Getty Images
For Coachella
Weekend 2 of Coachella 2022 (April 22-24, 2022) offered up so many great performances, it's impossible so soon after the event to proclaim any single performance  or even any day  the best of the event. 

One thing that is clear is how this year's running of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival clearly thrust women into the limelight. In addition to Billie Eilish's incredible headlining set on the Coachella Stage on Saturday night, the parade of top-tier women extended from early-in-the-day emerging acts such as Holly HumberstoneNilüfer Yanya, The Regrettes, Yola and Giselle Woo & the Night Owls to bona fide favorites Phoebe BridgersJapanese Breakfast, The MariasBeach Bunny and Maggie Rogers. Weekend 2 Coachellagoers even got Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams as a guest during Eilish's turn. 

Here is a recap of my favorite performances I caught at Weekend 2.

Friday, April 22, 2022

The HU performing on the Outdoor Theatre Stage.
Photo: Robert Kinsler

The HU  Mongolian hard rock outfit The HU lived up to their well-deserved buzz with a 40-minute set of electrifying cuts that fused head banging rhythms wrapped in in guttural singing and propelled by undeniable grooves. Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, The HU is unlike any group this writer has ever seen and the use of instruments from their native land like the Morin Khuur (horse head fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumar Khuur (jaw harp) and strong presence made for an unforgettable outing on the Outdoor Theatre Stage. "Wolf Totem" was among the otherworldly tracks the band performed with absolute perfection.

Phoebe Bridgers at Coachella.
Photo credit: Getty Images for Coachella

Phoebe Bridgers  Standing out on a three-day bill featuring more than 150 artists isn't easy, but Los Angeles singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers did that with her bewitching hour-long set Friday night. Launching her showcase with the lovely "Motion Sickness," Bridgers performed a set that showcased her amazing songcraft and ability to use her musical talents  and those of her amazing band members  to create a soundscape that is fully her own. It didn't hurt that the video projection screen would feature a colorful animated book that would flip pages between the songs and twinkling night sky adding additional atmospheric magic to the setting. Her nuanced and artful performance reached a dramatic close with the explosive finale of "I Know The End."

Other Friday highlights included area favorites Giselle Woo & the Night Owls, English rockers Spiritualized, the soul-meets-pop New York-based Lawrence (featuring siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence), rising Los Angeles band The Marias, French singer-DJ Madeon and headliner Harry Styles  the latter who was joined by Lizzo for a version of "I Will Survive." 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Beach Bunny performing on the Outdoor Theatre stage.
Photo credit: Jacob Mulka / Getty Images for Coachella

Beach Bunny
 - an early Saturday standout, the Lili Trifilio-led Chicago outfit Beach Bunny offered up a winning mix of melodic punk and power pop on the Outdoor Theatre Stage on Saturday afternoon. Although the quartet was reduced to a trio (the band's guitarist 
Matt Henkels was not in the lineup for some reason), the group's second-ever appearance at Coachellafest was a success with Trifilio handling all the guitar duties with enough power to help propel their great 45-minute set.

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast at Coachella.
Photo credit: Julian Bajsel / Getty Images for Coachella

Japanese Breakfast
 The moniker for singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast was clearly a wonderful discovery for many at the festival. Japanese Breakfast delivered a fully original and joyful set inside a packed Mojave Tent on Saturday afternoon. The diversity of the material included the lovely "Glider" (written for a video game), melodic sortie "Savage Good Boys" and set-ending experimental art rocker "Diving Woman." The yearning "The Body Is a Blade" from her latest album "Jubilee" was one of the most affecting songs this writer heard during the fest.

Danny Elfman at Coachella.
Photo credit: Rachael Polack / Getty
Images for Coachella

Danny Elfman
 On Oct. 31, 1995, Danny Elfman said goodbye to his beloved Oingo Boingo via a 3-hour, 40-minute finale at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles (read my review of that legendary concert HERE). With that well-publicized finale, Elfman dove full time into his burgeoning career as a composer and has since written a slew of acclaimed film scores. Fast forward 27 years to Elfman's appearances at Coachella 2022 and the artist has truly come full circle. On Saturday night, Elfman and an amazing band along with an orchestra and choir performed a handful of Boingo classics as well as selections from some of his most beloved film scores along with new material from his 2021 solo album "Big Mess." This was a dazzling and satisfying run through Elfman's singularly rich sonic universe. Standouts included an amped take on the "Simpsons" theme, a medley of songs from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and gorgeous symphonic run through "Ice Dance / The Grand Finale" (from "Edward Scissorhands"); it was marvelous to hear Elfman and company run through inspired versions of Boingo classics like "Just Another Day," "Only a Lad" and "Dead Man's Party." The new material was compelling too, especially the decidedly dark "Happy."

Billie Eilish performing on the Coachella Stage.
Photo credit: Andy Boyle / Getty Images for Coachella

Hayley Williams, left, with Billie Eilish in Indio, CA.
Photo credit: Andy Boyle / Getty Images for Coachella

Billie Eilish
 Although Weekend 2 attendees didn't get the celebrated Damon Albarn (who appeared at Weekend 1) as a guest during the "Bad Guy" singer's highly anticipated set on Saturday night, they did get to enjoy a guest making her first-ever appearance at the famed festival. "Oh, look! An empty seat. Who is that for?" Eilish asked. She then introduced Paramore's Hayley Williams; they joined forces along with Eilish's brother FINNEAS (the latter who handled acoustic guitar duties) for a powerful take on Paramore's 2007 rocker "Misery Business." Make no mistake; 20-year-old Eilish is already a bona fide star. In addition to her unique vocal and musical style, she is a compelling songstress more focused on nuanced songcraft than glitzy bombast. Sure, her set included dance-minded cuts like "NDA" and "My Strange Addiction," but the gorgeous "idontwannabeyouanymore," "Lovely" and "Getting Older" revealed a greater force at play than the majority of her contemporary hitmakers. 

Other Saturday highlights included rising British rock quartet Yard Act, Disclosure and wonderful R&B singer Amber Mark.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

FINNEAS performing on the Outdoor Theatre on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Photo credit: 
Rachael Polack / Getty Images for Coachella

 FINNEAS repeated the power of his previous week's solo set with his appearance on the final day of Coachella. Standouts of his 45-minute set on the Outdoor Theatre stage included the soulful piano-anchored "I Lost a Friend," R&B-meets-rock foray "The 90s" and heart-wrenching "Break My Heart Again." He closed out his set with the soaring Americana mining "Till Forever Falls Apart" and breezy acoustic nugget "Let's Fall in Love for the Night."

Maggie Rogers  Appearing on the Coachella Stage, singer Maggie Rogers' emotive "Light On" and soulful follow-up "Falling Water" really showcased her uplifting approach and soaring vocals. She ended her 45-minute appearance with the driving dance track "That's Where I Am." 

For more coverage of Weekend #2 of the festival, read writer George A. Paul's coverage via Rock Cellar Magazine HERE

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Sights and Sounds: Florence + the Machine, Sass Jordan, Raveena, Mama’s Broke

Here is a timely roundup of music news from a number of strong female artists...Robert Kinsler

Florence + the Machine unveil "Free" with music video; 'Dance Fever' set for release on Friday, May 13, 2022

Florence + the Machine
 unveil a new single, “Free,” today with a video starring acclaimed actor Bill Nighy as Florence’s anxiety and directed by Autumn de Wilde—listen and watch here. The track is the latest from Florence’s forthcoming fifth LP Dance Fever, out May 13.

Florence has shared three songs from Dance Fever thus far—“
My Love (plus remixes from co-producer Dave Bayley of Glass Animals and Meduza), “King” and “Heaven is Here”—all of which arrived alongside videos by the acclaimed director de Wilde featuring choreography by Ryan Heffington.

Tickets for Florence’s North American headline dates this year are on sale now. The tour kicks off September 2 in Montreal with further stops at New York’s Madison Square GardenLos Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl and many more. Arlo ParksSam FenderKing PrincessYves TumorJapanese Breakfast and Wet Leg will join as support on select dates. One dollar from every ticket sold will benefit 
Choose Love to aid refugees worldwide. See full routing below and visit for more information.

Additionally, Florence will play two very special, intimate shows this spring: April 29 in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Theatre and May 6 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York—both shows sold out in seconds.

Dance Fever was recorded in London over the course of the pandemic in anticipation of the world’s reopening. It conjures up what Florence missed most in the midst of lockdown—clubs, dancing at festivals, being in the whirl of movement and togetherness—and the hope of reunions to come.

The image and concept of choreomania—a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people danced wildly to the point of exhaustion, collapse and death—became a focal point of inspiration. Forced off the road for the first time in more than a decade, dance offered Florence propulsion, energy and a way of looking at music more choreographically.

Starting, as ever, armed with a notebook of poems and ideas, Florence had just arrived to New York in March 2020 to begin recording when Covid-19 forced a retreat to London. Holed up at home, the songs she had begun started to transform, ultimately arriving somewhere that Florence describes as “Nick Cave at the club.”

Dance Fever is an album that sees Florence at the peak of her powers, coming into a fully realized self-knowledge, poking sly fun at her own self-created persona, playing with ideas of identity, masculinity and femininity, redemption and celebration.

Dance Fever was produced by Florence, Jack Antonoff and Dave Bayley of Glass Animals.



  1. King
  2. Free
  3. Choreomania
  4. Back in Town
  5. Girls Against God
  6. Dream Girl Evil
  7. Prayer Factory
  8. Cassandra
  9. Heaven is Here
  10. Daffodil
  11. My Love
  12. Restraint
  13. The Bomb
  14. Morning Elvis


April 29                                           Los Angeles Theatre                                  Los Angeles, CA
May 6                                       Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center                          New York, NY
September 2                                             Place Bell                                             Montreal, QC*
September 3                                       Budweiser Stage                                          Toronto, ON*
September 7                  Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island                    Chicago, IL†
September 8                                    Xcel Energy Center                                       St. Paul, MN†
September 10                              Pine Knob Music Theatre                                  Clarkson, MI†
September 12                                    Capital One Area                                 Washington, D.C.†
September 14                                         TD Garden                                               Boston, MA†
September 16                               Madison Square Garden                                New York, NY†
September 20                                 Ascend Amphitheater                                    Nashville, TN‡
September 21                              Ameris Bank Amphitheatre                             Alpharetta, GA‡
September 23                                      Amway Center                                            Orlando, FL‡
September 24                                           FTX Arena                                                 Miami, FL‡
September 27                                        Moody Center                                              Austin, TX§
September 28                       The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory                            Irving, TX§
October 1                                                 Ball Arena                                                  Denver, CO
October 4                                                Rogers Arena                                      Vancouver, BC**
October 6                                        Climate Pledge Arena                                     Seattle, WA††
October 7                                        Theater of the Clouds                                    Portland, OR**
October 9                                        Shoreline Amphitheatre                      Mountain View, CA††
October 12                       Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre                San Diego, CA††
October 14                                            Hollywood Bowl                                    Los Angeles, CA
*with Arlo Parks
†with Sam Fender
‡with King Princess
§with Yves Tumor
**with Japanese Breakfast
††with Wet Leg

Platinum-selling powerful vocalist Sass Jordan sets June 3rd release date for her new album, Bitches Blues

Previews release with new single “Still Alive and Well”  

Listen &  Pre-Order Album Here


April 20, 2022, Waterdown, ON - Examining the visceral emotional territory of a pandemic and the world’s reeling in its rolling aftermath, multi-Platinum-selling and award-winning artist Sass Jordan readies herself to rock the blues once again with the announcement of her new album, Bitches Blues — available June 3rd via Stony Plain Records.


Following rave reviews of her 2020 all-blues offering, Rebel Moon Blues, the Billboard Best Female Rock Vocalist winner mines even more of her expansive talent in the genre to deliver eight new tracks — including originals “Change Is Coming,” “Still The World Goes Round” and more.


A pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock, Sass Jordan has worked alongside fellow greats like Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen, among many more.  Born in Britain and raised in Montreal, she launched her solo career with the single, “Tell Somebody,” from her 1988 debut of the same name, garnering national acclaim and Canada’s JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Throughout her career, she’s earned three more nominations for Best Female Vocalist thanks to albums like Racine (1992), Rats (1994), Present (1997), Hot Gossip (2000), Get What You Give (2006), From Dusk Til Dawn (2009) and her side project S.U.N.’;s album, Something Unto Nothing (2011) — along with singles like “Make You A Believer,” “You Don’t Have to Remind Me,” “Sun’s Gonna Rise” and 1992’s “Trust in Me,” a duet with Joe Cocker from the record-selling Bodyguard soundtrack.


Jordan starred in the off-Broadway Janis Joplin show, “Love Janis,” performed “The Vagina Monologues” in Winnipeg and Toronto, toured the world with “A Bowie Celebration,” guest-starred on NBC-TV’s “Sisters,” weighed in as the only female judge on “Canadian Idol” for all six seasons beginning in 2003, and branded her own line of wine, Kick Ass Sass Wine.


In 2017, she released Racine Revisited, recreating her sophomore album with an all-star cast for its 25th anniversary, and celebrated the same milestone for Rats in 2020 with a colored-vinyl reissue. With Bitches Blues, Sass returns to a genre that’s long been ingrained in her grasp since the start. “There’s been an undercurrent of blues throughout my whole career - the music that I have mostly been drawn to has always had that gritty, rootsy vein running through it, and that’s why I’m enjoying making these records so much.”


As such, anticipate piercingly fierce guitar licks and defiantly driving tempos alongside Sass’  soulful signature rasp and the full backing of a glorious assortment of rambling road dogs, the Champagne Hookers — guitarists Chris Caddell and Jimmy Reid, drummer Cass Pereira, keyboardist Jesse O'Brien and Steve Marriner on bass and harmonica.

Bitches Blues is available June 3 via Stony Plain Records.


Bitches Blues -Tracklisting

“Still Alive and Well”



“Still The World Goes Round”

“You Gotta Move”

“Sailin’ Shoes”

“Ain’t No Big Deal On You”

“Change Is Coming”


04 JUN 2022   WEERT, NDL             BOSUIL

06 JUN 2022   RAALTE, NDL            RIBS & BLUES FEST           

08 JUN 2022   HOORN, NDL            MANIFESTO 

09 JUN 2022   BREDA, NDL              MEZZ 


11 JUN 2022   DRACHTEN, NDL      IDUNA           

12 JUN 2022   ARNHEM, NDL          LUXOR LIVE 

22 JUN 2022   ST. JOHN'S, NF         ICEBERG ALLEY 






"Love Overgrown" video still

"Love Overgrown"

Asha's Awakening

What the press is saying about Raveena:

"gauzy R&B drawn out with her air-light voice"
Rolling Stone

"Raveena’s music unfurls slowly, dwelling in wistfully recounted dreams and a rich vein of feminine energy"

V Magazine

"a storyteller who weaves healing and spirituality through western pop culture and her Punjabi upbringing"

(April 20, 2022) - After performing at the first weekend of Coachella this past Friday, Raveena shares the self-directed video for her song "Love Overgrown." Somewhere between animation and live-action, the visuals for "Love Overgrown" meet in a vibrant and prismatic alternate-world to show Raveena and her love interest, played by Salem Mitchell, move through the emotions of falling in and out of love. "Love Overgrown" is a track from Raveena's recently released sophomore album Asha's Awakening out now via Warner Records.

Raveena kicks off her North American headline tour dates this Sunday in Oakland. Supported by Fana Hues, the 19-date tour includes stops in Seattle, Denver, Toronto, New York City and Dallas before wrapping up in Los Angeles on May 29. Tickets on sale HERE. Full tour routing below.

Asha's Awakening is a 15-track concept album that tells the riveting tale of a space princess from ancient Punjab who, through a fantastic journey across the centuries, learns about love and loss, healing and destruction. Asha's Awakening cascades through various musical eras for inspiration, melding the genre-defying influences of Alice Coltrane and Asha Puthli from the 60s and 70s with those of Timbaland, Missy Elliott and M.I.A from the early 2000s. Album contributors include Grammy-nominated producer, Rostam, as well as Vince Staples and the legendary Indian singer-songwriter herself, Asha Puthli. Asha's Awakening features the previously released tracks "Mystery" which arrived with a performance video filmed as a part of Raveena's collaboration with Billboard for their Honda Stage series, "Secret" featuring Vince Staples and "Rush," about which Pitchfork stated, "Raveena brings a joyous curiosity to the forefront of her music and gives her imagination room to grow."

Asha's Awakening marks the first full-length offering from Raveena since her 2019 debut album Lucid, which them. said, "established Raveena as an emerging star" and thrust Raveena further into the conversation, showcasing her undeniable talent and multi-dimensionality as an artist by blending contemporary R&B with elements from the South Asian diaspora. Asha's Awakening also follows 2020's Moonstone EP and Raveena's single "Tweety" released last year.

Watch "Love Overgrown" and listen to Asha's Awakening above and check out full tour routing and album details below.
tour poster

Upcoming Live Dates
* = w/ Fana Hues

4/22 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/24 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish*
4/25 - Oakland, CA @ The New Parish*
4/28 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre*
4/29 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos*
4/30 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Vancouver*
5/4 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*
5/7 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
5/8 - Detroit, MI @ El Club*
5/9 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House*
5/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore*
5/13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
5/15 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
5/16 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza*
5/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
5/21 - Austin, TX @ The Parish*
5/22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Cambridge Room*
5/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
5/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre*
5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre*

Asha's Awakening
February 11, 2022
Warner Records

1. Rush
2. Secret (feat. Vince Staples)
3. Magic
4. Kismet
5. Kathy Left 4 Kathmandu
6. Mystery
7. Circuit Board
8. The Internet Is Like Eating Plastic
9. Arrival to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
10. Asha's Kiss (feat. Asha Puthli)
11. Time Flies
12. Love Overgrown
13. Endless Summer
14. New Drugs (feat. TWEAKS)
15. Let Your Breath Become a Flower (Guided Meditation)
About Raveena:

For Raveena, music is meant to be a “complete expression of the self.” It’s a truth she’s leaned on through a whirlwind couple of years, which saw a potent flurry of output and a pointed ascent into the conversation with her critically-acclaimed 2019 debut full-length, Lucid, and 2020 follow-up, Moonstone EP.

Inspired by artists like Sade, Corinne Bailey Rae, Minnie Riperton, and Indian singer Asha Puthli, Raveena is a highly creative, dynamic, and spiritual artist who aims to build fully-realized worlds within each of her projects: conceptual experimentations in sound, threaded together by stories of healing and self-realization meant to experience from start to finish.

Her latest offering, Asha's Awakening, takes listeners on an epic deep dive into Indian culture—an endeavor that has been in the works for three years. An homage to her heritage as a first-generation descendant of genocide survivors and Reiki healers, the album incorporates influences from Bollywood and celebrated Indian artists like R.D. Burman and Asha Bhosle, as well as Western music—specifically R&B, rock and soul— and melds the genres prevalent throughout Raveena’s catalog into one cohesive body of work. The album also marries eras in time, fusing together a contemporary take on sounds influenced by Alice Coltrane and Asha Puthli from the 60s and 70s with those of Timbaland, Missy Elliott, M.I.A. and Jai Paul from the early 2000s. It is a labor of love that represents her evolution as an artist. Raveena remarks, “I think it's really fun putting people in uncomfortable positions to receive new sides of you. The human experience is so vast.”

Connect with Raveena

New Single from Canadian Indie Roots Duo Mama’s Broke - “How It Ends”

Mama's Broke - How It Ends

Today, Canadian indie roots duo Mama’s Broke released a new single from their upcoming album, Narrow Line, coming May 13 on Free Dirt Records. “How It Ends” is a post-folk breakup song conceived in rural cabins over the pandemic. With swirling fiddle and banjo, the two sing of heartbreak amidst a pandemic.

Folk Alley Premieres “How It Ends”

On April 19, 2022, Folk Alley premiered the new single, saying “‘How It Ends’ ruminates on the universal feeling that, no matter how hurt you are, when a relationship ends, it’s hard to believe anyone will ever live up to your former lover.”

MAMA'S BROKE - Narrow Line - May 13, 2022 on Free Dirt Records

Canadian folk duo Mama’s Broke have spent the past eight years in a near-constant state of transience, pounding the transatlantic tour trail. They've brought their dark, fiery folk-without-borders sound to major festivals and DIY punk houses alike, absorbing traditions from their maritime home in Eastern Canada all the way to Ireland and Indonesia. Nowhere is the duo's art-in-motion approach more apparent than on their long-awaited sophomore record Narrow Line (coming May 13, 2022 on Free Dirt Records); it's the sound of nowhere in particular, yet woven with a rich synthesis of influences that knows no borders. The eleven songs on Narrow Line burrow deeply, with close harmony duets, commanding vocals, and poignant contemplations on cycles of life, including birth and death. Tinges of Americana stand side-by-side with the ghosts of Eastern European fiddle tunes and ancient a cappella ballad singing, melding into an unusually accessible dark-folk sound. A careful listen of Narrow Line invokes an ephemeral sense of place—whether real or imagined—inviting us to take comfort in the infinite possibilities of life, whether or not we ever choose to settle down.