“Not In a Million Years” is the new single from the allstar project led by singer/songwriter/keyboardist Doug Kistner. On this track trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago adds his iconic horn sound to this new Studio D’Lux melodic song. Jon Herington of Steely Dan plays a beautifully constructed guitar solo. On drums is the famed rock drummer Liberty Devitto, supplying the groove.

Doug Kistner has played keyboards with Trans-Siberian orchestra, John Waite, Blood, Sweat & Tears. Currently with The Lords of 52nd Street and Glen Burtniks Summer of Love.


The Soho Sessions, an exclusive music-driven community known for curating exceptional live experiences in NYC, returns June 5 for a special edition co-presented by Rolling Stone CEO Gus Wenner in support of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country. The Soho Sessions is a hidden Gotham gem open to a select number of invited in-person guests. It’s produced by RWE Partners, the team behind the annual Love Rocks NYC concerts.

Renowned trumpeter and composer Stuart Mack is making waves in the jazz world with his debut album, Vibrations. At an age when many are just starting their careers, Mack has already established himself among the top-tier musicians, working with illustrious ensembles and jazz legends such as David Liebman, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Romero Lubambo, the Jihye Lee Orchestra, and the Mike Holober Group. His exceptional talent and dedication have earned him widespread acclaim across the international jazz scene.

Pulling melodies from some of history’s greatest composers, artist Father of the Vibe is set to debut an instrumental EP, A Thousand Words. This innovative project takes adaptations of Debussy, Bach, Bartok, and Tchaikovsky, raking them over the coals of reggae, resulting in a sound that is both organic and complex.

Natalie Spears' music is animated by the quiet awe of wild places. From her home in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, she immerses herself in the natural world, finding beauty and meaning in the language of birds, the patterns of migration, and the cosmic dance of nature. Her forthcoming album, Hymn of Wild Things, set to release on June 28, is a poignant collection of songs chronicling her experiences of wonder, loss, and metamorphosis.

A live recording of a concert can preserve one powerful moment indelibly in time. Coming June 14, 2024, Smithsonian Folkways will release The Complete Friends of Old-Time Music Concert by Bessie Jones, John Davis & The Georgia Sea Island Singers with Mississippi Fred McDowell and Ed Young, presenting a riveting, historic look at the intersection of Black folk traditions and civil rights activism.


The debate over AI-generated vocals continued this week with an exclusive Variety feature article by executive music editor Jem Aswad reporting on a still-growing list of celebrated musicians uniting with Mollie Marriott, daughter of the late Steve Marriott, in objection to plans by the Marriott Estate to release “new” recordings from the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer created with AI-powered technology.

Genre-bending singer-songwriter Kyra Gordon is back with her latest track, “Traveler,” an indie folk anthem for the free of heart, out May 15th through Starita Records. The song helps to showcase the versatility of her sophomore album ‘Traveler’ as its title track. ‘Traveler,’ the four-track masterpiece, is scheduled for release in June 2024. Through a melodic journey, poetic lyrics, and compelling, down-to-earth vocal delivery, listeners are invited into a deeper connection with their authentic selves.

The Buena Vista Social Orchestra, under the direction of Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, original band leader, arranger, and trombonist of The Buena Vista Social Club, has added 13 more dates for their upcoming late summer and fall U.S. tour, bringing the band created by Ramos in 2016 to the States for the first time. The 38-date outing now includes shows in Seattle, Portland, Northampton, San Francisco, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Detroit, among other cities.

Westchester County-based singer-songwriter Sean Lippin is set to captivate audiences with the release of his latest single, "Run Away." Known for his emotive lyrics and smooth vocals, Lippin's newest track promises to resonate deeply with listeners around the globe.

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