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RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS – I’M WITH YOU

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Children are born, but a friend dies. A new guitarist arrives as the old one leaves. And a band is reborn after an overdue break. Beginnings and endings. That's I'm With You, truly the beginning of a new era for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 10th album of the Los Angeles band's singular career sees the band refreshed, renewed, once again working with producer Rick Rubin (their fifth partnership, including the last album, 2006's monster Stadium Arcadium two-CD tour de force). It expands the same combination of funk and finesse, intensity and tenderness that's made the Peppers sine qua non in modern rock, but with a new set of life experiences from the intervening years that coalesced into a dynamically fresh start. I'm With You was written collectively by the four members - founding singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith (who's been with the band since 1989) and ...

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RY COODER – PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN

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RY COODER – PULL UP SOME...

The 14 songs on Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down are, by turns, angry, outraged, bitterly funny, and deeply poignant. With brilliant, Woody Guthrie-like directness and a healthy dollop of satire, Ry Cooder's lyrics address the often-sorry state of our domestic affairs: the bank bailout, the anti-immigration movement, the ever-growing gap between rich and poor, and the never-ending war in the Middle East and its devastating physical and emotional toll on young soldiers. While his words are excoriating, the music is as exhilarating as anything Cooder has ever recorded, incorporating folk, blues, gospel, Tin Pan Alley, and Mexican-American norteno. Cooder, who also produced the album, works alone in stripped-down voice-and-guitar settings. He's accompanied elsewhere by frequent collaborators such as drummer Joachim Cooder, accordionist Flaco Jimenez, and backing vocalist Juliette Commagere. Old friend Jim Keltner also makes a guest appearance on drums. Ry Cooder has long taken the road less traveled. In ...

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WHITEHORSE – WHITEHORSE

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WHITEHORSE – WHITEHORSE

Six Shooter Records‟ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as an undeniably smoldering duo. Individually, they have been recognized with awards and nominations from the Juno Awards, the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Hamilton Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards and the Polaris Prize. Gutsy and resolute in their pursuits of sound and substance, Luke and Melissa‟s fusion of the personal and professional brings to mind the road-tested romance of Johnny and June. Whitehorse breaks headlong and heartstrong in pursuit of it all, cards on the table, everything on the line. Whitehorse figures the odds the way travelers count miles, undaunted by twists and turns of luck and road, so let dice and wheel roll. This fall, Whitehorse will join Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café for shows across Ontario. The band‟s debut shows at the ...

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LENNY KRAVITZ – BLACK AND WHITE AMERICA

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LENNY KRAVITZ – BLACK...

4-time GRAMMY AWARD Winner 2010 NAACP Image Award winner for his role in Precious 2010 Screen Actor‟s Guild Award Nod for role in Precious Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of „60s and „70s soul, rock, and funk. Kravitz‟s multiple talents as a writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist have resonated through eight studio albums into a timeless catalog.

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COBRA STARSHIP – NIGHT SHADES

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Night Shades is Cobra Starship's boldest and brightest collection to date. The album - the band's fourth, and first since 2009's top 5 breakthrough, Hot Mess - sees the dance-punk superstars teaming up with a wide range of collaborators, including Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Beyoncé, Adele), Stargate (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez), Jump Into The Gospel, and The Plasticines. Since emerging in 2006 with their acclaimed debut album, While the City Sleeps, We Rule The Streets, Cobra Starship has earned both critical applause and a fervent fan following for their eclectic blend of pop hooks, punk energy, and dancefloor creativity. The New York-based band's third album, Hot Mess, is their highest chart ranking to date. Among the album's many highlights is the Pop hit, "Good Girls Go Bad (Feat. Leighton Meester)." A truly kinetic and captivating live act, Cobra Starship has toured nearly non-stop since their arrival. In addition to countless headline dates, ...

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ASTRID WILLIAMSON – PULSE

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Haunting, ethereal, and magical, Pulse marks a new direction for Astrid Williamson, whose eighteen-year career has seen her exploring a wealth of creative avenues and collaborative relationships. For Pulse, Williamson tapped guitarist and ambient musician Leo Abrahams to bring space and sonic depth to her batch of soulful, folk-slanted, electronic-flecked songs

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STEVE CROPPER – DEDICATED

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As the original guitarist of Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Steve Cropper has played on hundreds of historical tracks. Voted as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's top 100 guitar players of all time, he has worked blues legends Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Blues Brothers and many others. Dedicated is his debut release with 429 Records and a tribute to R&B/Doo-wop band The 5 Royales. The collection of songs on this disc features re-worked versions of some of the group's most enduring songs and includes contributions from Lucinda Williams, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Bettye Lavette, Sharon Jones, John Popper, Delbert McClinton and others.  

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TRIVIUM – IN WAVES

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TRIVIUM – IN WAVES

Trivium released their debut Roadrunner album to massive critical acclaim when the band was just in their teens. Now the band has returned with In Waves – their strongest effort since that debut. The band has firmly established themselves as one of the strongest young metal bands around.   * 10 out of 10 review in Germany’s Rock Hard Magazine * Trivium has sold over 500 thousand albums in the U.S. and over 60 thousand in Canada. Many of those right here at CHEEKY MONKEY * The last studio record debuted at #23 in the US and #19 on the Top 200 Canadian Soundscan. As well as #4 on the Hard Rock Chart. * TRIVIUM is performing on the Rockstar Mayhem tour this summer

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KEB MO – THE REFLECTION

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KEB MO – THE REFLECTION

Keb Mo’s newest album, “The Reflection”, has been two years in the making and captures his musical spirit and virtuosity at its peak. Collaborating with such artists as India.Arie, Vince Gill, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, and David T. Walker, the songs have a deep emotional connection and show Keb to be a master at blending blues, jazz, R&B, and soul through melody and rhythm.

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BLAKE SHELTON – RED RIVER BLUE

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BLAKE SHELTON – RED...

 "Honey Bee," is the lead-off single from Red River Blue, which is currently #2 on the Canada Country chart. Blake debuted "Honey Bee" on the 2011 ACM Awards, where he was a co-host alongside Reba McEntire. In 2001, Blake made his debut with the single "Austin". Released as the lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" went on to peak at #60 at Country radio in Canada. Shelton followed his debut with 2003's The Dreamer (his first for Warner Bros. proper) and 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, where his first single “Some Beach” reached #1 on the Country charts, and following single “Nobody But Me” peaked at #7. Shelton followed his third album with, Pure BS, and a fifth album, Startin' Fires, whose debut single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” peaked at #7 at Country. “Hillbilly Bone,” from Shelton’s Sixth studio album, and his first SIX PAK of the same name ...

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