Rick Keene Music Scene – Grab the Popcorn! It is Time for New Tunes

In the words of Emo Philips; ‘It Is New to me’.

New music arrives hourly. The trick is knowing where to find it.

Canada offers tunes each day to unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Ten Additional Episodes Of LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE Including Tommy Shaw of Styx

Daryl Hall is in the house!

AXS TV and Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions—the company behind Live From Daryl’s House—continue their strong partnership, bringing 10 additional episodes of the acclaimed music series to the Network’s lineup this fall. In addition to eight fan-favorite episodes, viewers will be able to enjoy two never-before-seen entries when the series returns to AXS TV with a new day and time, airing Thursday, October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.


The series kicks off with a pair of star-studded sets broadcast for the first time worldwide, starting with Hall’s jam session with STYX front man Tommy Shaw on October 1, featuring intimate performances of STYX signatures “Blue Collar Man,” “Too Much Time On My Hands,” and “Renegade,” as well as Daryl Hall and John Oates’ hits “Delayed Reaction”, and “It’s A Laugh”. Then, on October 8, Hall joins Ty Taylor, lead singer of L.A.-based R&B quartet Vintage Trouble, for a night of music featuring Vintage Trouble originals “Another Man’s Words,“Nobody Told Me” and “Can’t Stop Rollin’”. They also perform The Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around,” which was covered on the Daryl Hall and John Oates album “Our Kind of Soul.”

Tommy Shaw – James St Laurent Photography


Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a creative refuge from the grind of touring where he and his talented friends could hangout and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, before hitting the studio for an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal cult following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.

Joe Walsh


Other highlights include appearances and performances by guitar mastermind Joe Walsh (Oct. 15), chart-topping Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik (Oct. 22), jazz and soul songstress Kandace Springs (Oct. 29), Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick (Nov. 5), R&B trailblazer Smokey Robinson (Nov. 12), alt-rock mainstay Ben Folds (Nov. 19), legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (Dec. 3), and iconic soul outfit The O’Jays (Dec. 10).


In regard to the upcoming season’s lineup, Daryl Hall said, “There are so many great moments.

The O’Jays one gets to the core of what I’m really all about.”


“I’m excited that AXS TV is debuting the Tommy Shaw and Ty Taylor episodes, as the fans have been asking for new episodes. Our partnership with the team at AXS TV keeps getting stronger, so I’m proud that we’re able to deliver new content, especially during these challenging times,” said Executive Producer Jonathan Wolfson.


“Live From Daryl’s House really resonated with our viewers when it debuted on our Network last April,” said Lucia McCalmont, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AXS TV. “We strive to give our audience the best seat in the house to unforgettable performances and unprecedented access to their favorite entertainers, and this series is a perfect reflection of that. We are proud to have the opportunity to feature it in our programming lineup once again, and we are pleased to be able to extend and build upon this successful partnership with Good Cop/Bad Cop Productions.”

Live From Daryl’s House Fall Schedule:
October 1 – Tommy Shaw
October 8 – Ty Taylor
October 15 – Joe Walsh
October 22- Johnny Rzeznik
October 29 – Kandace Springs
November 5 – Cheap Trick
November 12 – Smokey Robinson
November 19 – Ben Folds
December 3 – Billy Gibbons
December 10 – The O’Jays

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Rock / Pop Done The Jazz Way

A good song is a good song …

No matter how you toss it around – a musical salad still tastes good no matter who made it.

Please listen below to some interesting Jazz arrangements and ideals from Canada’s own; AIMEE-JO BENOIT

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Rick Keene Music Scene -Don’t Take Those Condoms Out Just Yet; It Is Time for New Tunes !

Something borrowed …

Music arrives more frequently than a Covid headline. Music is made so often – babies always have instant music.

Sammy Jackson

Canada offers tunes each day to suspecting and unsuspecting audiences. Have a listen below to some of those new tracks and some music news.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Fifty-Five Years; Fifty- Five Minutes of Musical Influences

A person listens to a lot of music in fifty -five years.

Almost immediately upon birth, music is introduced. Chances are a soft nursery rhyme or perhaps classical music is dangling above your head as you lay comfortably in a crib. More likely; Mom is singing you to sleep.

Please listen below to some of the songs that started my love affair with music over the past fifty-five years.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Listen to The Sunday Papers

It is the day to unwind.

It is a day of rest traditionally and not to be bombarded by negativity or work. The mind requires a haven, a place to recharge and build immunity.

Sammy Jackson

Canada has a lot to offer each day through music and if a Canadian musician is not performing on a tune ; chances are, a Canadian is involved somehow.

Billy Ray CyrusWritten and Produced in Canada

Please listen below to some of The Best New Music (including Billy Ray Cyrus), some Music News and Things That Make You Go Hmmm …

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Wide Mouth Mason; A Musical ‘Stew’ and Tales with The Stones

Sometimes – music is good enough to have a second go round …

Wide Mouth Mason have been around. The album Stew helped launch them into the worlds of AC / DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones.

Sean Verreault – Right

Stew was an album which was the band’s funkiest project. Diversity is the key to keeping things fresh and WMM enjoys keeping things fresh.

Please listen below as Shaun Verreault discusses opening for The Stones and the reason why Wide Mouth Mason do not rest on their laurels.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Don’t Live in the Past; Explore the Future …

If The Beatles did not play live, there would have been no records and no radio airplay.

What would the world of music and the world itself be like if that did not happen? Artists need to grow and be heard if music will continue to soothe the souls of the planet. The souls need music more than ever right now.

Salome Bey – 1933 -2020

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Dr. Trevor Payne Pays Tribute To Salome Bey

All rise.

Salome Bey was one of a kind. An artist. A person whose tools made an impact on the world.

Scroll below to Listen To My Interview with Dr. Trevor Payne

Salome Bey (October 10, 1933 – August 8, 2020) was an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter, composer, and actress who lived in Toronto Ontario since 1966.

In 2005, she was made an honorary Member of the Order of Canada.

Born to a middle-class African-American family in New Jersey, Bey formed a vocal group with her brother Andy Bey and sister Geraldine Bey (de Haas), known as Andy and the Bey Sisters. She performed in local clubs and toured North America and Europe. After moving to Toronto in 1964 and playing the jazz club circuit, she became known as “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.

Bey appeared on Broadway in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her work on the cast album. She put together a blues & jazz cabaret show on the history of black music, Indigo – which earned her the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance. The show was later taped for TV networks.

Bey recorded two albums with Horace Silver, and released live albums of her performances with the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir and at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

She was part of the Canadian super-group Northern Lights which performed the charity single “Tears Are Not Enough” in 1985. Bey can be seen in the music video for the song singing the line “Every woman, child and man” with Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde and Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club.

Beginning in her early sixties, Bey began showing signs of dementia. As of 2011 her illness had progressed to the point that she could no longer perform.

Please listen below as Dr. Trevor Payne of The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir Pays Homage to Salome Bey.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Saturday, In The Park …

All rise.

“We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” says Porter, “but I’m thinking all of us rise – not just one person being exalted. We are all exalted and lifted up by love. This is my political thought and my real truth. It comes from my personality, my mother’s personality, the personality of the blues, and of black people. It’s this idea of making do with the scraps, of resurrection and ascension, and of whatever the current situation is, it can get better through love.” 

– Gregory Porter

Selwyn Birchwood is a master storyteller—both lyrically and musically. He’s an impressive, hard-crunching, modern blues guitarist. His fretwork is high-energy, raw and vivid…knife-edged leads and roadhouse-rattling grooves. He is graced with a depth and maturity that would be impressive in a grizzled veteran, let alone a fresh-faced young man.” —Living Blues

Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will.”
Chicago Tribune

Champian Fulton Celebrates Charlie Parker’s Centennial with Birdsong
Featuring Tenor Saxophonist Scott Hamilton 

Due out August 28, 2020 

Jimmy Heath, a prolific saxophonist, composer and bandleader who played alongside some of the biggest names of jazz, including Miles Davis and John Coltrane, has died.

Heath died Sunday morning in Loganville, Georgia of natural causes, his grandson told NPR. He was 93 years old. His family was at his side, including his wife of 60 years, Mona Heath, his children Mtume and Rozie, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother, drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath.

In a career that spanned seven decades, Heath brought the bebop he loved to big bands — and into the 21st century.

Heath is best known as a saxophonist, but he wrote and arranged music throughout his life. In 2013, when he was 87 years old, he told NPR it was important to be a complete musician. “Not just to stand up and improvise,” he stressed. “You know, you got to compose. I want to be a person who can compose, and leave something here for posterity.”

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Spend An Afternoon with Rick

Some things cannot be explained.

Out of the air – signals are transmitted to artists everywhere. Some soft, some hard – most magnificent in their originality.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Montreal’s Best Musicians

The best is not necessarily paraded in front of you.

Montreal ( and surroundings) has some of the finest musicians, producers, engineers and behind the scene women and men in the world. They are right in front of your nose.

Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Jazz and everything in between is seeded and nurtured in Montreal and Quebec. Some of the best voices, songwriting and musical prowess takes place in our backyard. Take out your hose and water it !

Listen below to just a few of Montreal’s Best Musicians.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Weekend Playlist

Everybody’s worki … aw you get the picture.

It is time to let go.

Cold outside? Stay in and listen below to Rick Keene Music Scene

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paul DesLauriers is Filled With ‘Bounce’ on the New Album. Part Two

One of the best guitar players in Montreal is in a zone.

Paul DesLauriers has seen and grown a lot since he first picked up a guitar and started playing. Multiple Maple Blues awards, winner of the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge which led to second place at the IBC Blues competition held in Memphis, multiple critically acclaimed albums, an educator and a seasoned touring musician. What could come next?

Armed with a ‘new look’ and a recent marriage – DesLauriers, along with his band (Sam Harrison drums, Alec McElcheran Bass), have released an album called Bounce. It is a disc recorded with a live feel. A distinct flavoring of three musicians knowing each other and what level they can bring it to. A seasoning of a Blues / Rock stew.

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Paul about music, the new album Bounce and the upcoming show November 30th at Le Ministere

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Paul DesLauriers is Filled With ‘Bounce’ on the New Album. Part One

One of the best guitar players in Montreal is in a zone.

Paul DesLauriers has seen and grown a lot since he first picked up a guitar and started playing. Multiple Maple Blues awards, winner of the Quebec to Memphis Blues Challenge which led to second place at the IBC Blues competition held in Memphis, multiple critically acclaimed albums, an educator and a seasoned touring musician. What could come next?

Armed with a ‘new look’ and a recent marriage – DesLauriers, along with his band (Sam Harrison drums, Alec McElcheran Bass), have released an album called Bounce. It is a disc recorded with a live feel. A distinct flavoring of three musicians knowing each other and what level they can bring it to. A seasoning of a Blues / Rock stew.

Please listen below to my chat with Paul about music, the new album Bounce and the upcoming show November 30th at Le Ministere

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Rick Keene Music Scene – David Clayton Thomas; The ‘Spinning Wheel’ Has Never Stopped. Part Three

From jail to a Hooker.

David Clayton-Thomas was abused as a kid. Because Fathers never went to jail in those days, many kids like David – ended up in jail.

While in prison, David discovered the guitar. Learning the instrument brought David around the world and within the band Blood, Sweat and Tears – David played at Woodstock.

The stories, as they say, are historic …

Please listen below to Part Three of my chat with David Clayton -Thomas about his latest album and the state of the music business.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – David Clayton Thomas; The ‘Spinning Wheel’ Has Never Stopped. Part Two

From jail to a Hooker.

David Clayton-Thomas was abused as a kid. Because Fathers never went to jail in those days, many kids like David – ended up in jail.

While in prison, David discovered the guitar. Learning the instrument brought David around the world and within the band Blood, Sweat and Tears – David played at Woodstock.

The stories, as they say, are historic …

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with David Clayton -Thomas about Blood, Sweat and Tears, Woodstock and his upcoming new album.

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Part One Below

Rick Keene Music Scene – David Clayton Thomas; The ‘Spinning Wheel’ Has Never Stopped.

From jail to a Hooker.

David Clayton-Thomas was abused as a kid. Because Fathers never went to jail in those days, many kids like David – ended up in jail.

While in prison, David discovered the guitar. Blues was a genre he already enjoyed so being ‘blue’ in prison and learning the guitar was a natural choice. Shortly after, once his prison sentence was completed, he was playing with John Lee Hooker.

The rest, as they say, is history …

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with David Clayton -Thomas about Blood, Sweat and Tears, Woodstock and his upcoming new album.

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Rick Keene Music Scene Presents

Good evening …

These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

Alfred Hitchcock

Please Listen below to some scary good tunes.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Releases

Something new is always around the corner.

If the world housed only the business type people, the vibes of the universe would pass by us like a ship searching for a beacon under stormy skies.

Please listen below to some new releases or soon-to-be released tunes. Thanks !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Spirit of Rock

There is life in music – you just have to look and listen for it.

Most savvy music fans avoid the radio these days. It is filled with ‘fake tunes’. Corporate – pumped propaganda to coincide with the equally corporate-pumped newscasts. Music along with common sense should not be fueled by a station’s political agenda or beliefs.

Have a listen below to some events coming up, some great new tunes and a couple of classics.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Reggae Does Rock n Roll

Eric Clapton may have shot the sheriff but he certainly did not shoot the Rastafarian deputy.

If Clapton had shot the deputy, the world would be void of rhythms and soul. Reggae is a genre but it is also the source of many a Rock song’s inspiration. Like The Blues, Jazz and Country – Reggae is one of the cornerstones of modern day Rock and Pop music.

Have a listen below to some very popular Rock songs done Reggae – style !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Album Release of The Week

Not many albums are great.

Most new albums contain four or five great tracks and the rest are fillers. Not by choice – it is just the nature of the beast. It is hard to write ten or more great songs. It is hard to come up with new stuff in 2019.

It turns out young dogs can teach old tricks. Old school music tends to endure. Old school rhythms cannot be beat.

Have a listen below to some tracks from the album of the week. Ben Racine Band Live a Montreal.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – WTF Is Going On?

Start your week informed.

Plenty of interviews coming up, shows to attend and people to see.

Why don’t you have a listen below ?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – New Bruce Cockburn, Pride Parade, Strangers in The Night and The Best Online Music

Get your toes ready to tap …

A lot coming up in Montreal and a lot already at your fingertips. Great shows, great tunes and great events. The trick is to listen below and find out what you are missing

Rick Keene Music Scene – Damn Right ! Buddy Guy Was at The Jazz Festival !

Some people walk the talk. Some people talk the walk. Very few people walk and walk and walk and keep on walking.

Buddy Guy graced the Montreal Jazz Festival with his presence Saturday night. In a festival that has witnessed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder – Buddy’s appearance and subsequent reception of the B.B. King Award for outstanding contribution to The Blues was icing on a fortieth anniversary cake.

Buddy Guy was in a field pickin’ cotton when he was fifteen years old. During Obama’s regime as President of The Unites States of America, Buddy performed at the White House. For Guy – the largest indication of how far he has come in this world. For the music world and specifically The Blues world; Buddy had already reached the musical White House.

With the recent passings of B. B. King and James Cotton (along with many Blues artists), Buddy Guy is the last Blues man standing. Buddy is a survivor and a witness to Blues history. Buddy has played with every Blues guy who is talked about in the same breath as Jesus. Buddy Guy is now in that category and giving Jesus a run for his money.

With the utmost respect to opening act Colin James and his band members, the difference between their show and Buddy’s was immense. James was presented on stage and Guy was ‘a presence’ on stage. The voice, the power of his guitar and the showmanship was as legendary as Guy himself. Some people have that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ and are born to lead the pack. Elvis, Sinatra, Jagger, Mercury and Prince all had or have it and in The Blues world; Guy is currently the King. When Buddy joins The Stones for a song or two live – he steals the show. How many people dwarf The Stones on stage?

At Place des Arts last night, Guy was in fine eighty – two year old form. At Place des Arts last night, Buddy and his band put on a clinic in sound, in theatrics and old fashioned get what you pay for showmanship. You cannot teach and old dog new tricks and in this day and age, when the new dogs cater to the short span of today’s music, the old dog was comforting as he lay at the punter’s feet.

The’ old hound’ brought along some friends as well. The Damn Right Blues Band backed up Buddy as a full blown 1960’s Blues club band. In the days of Blues haunts in Chicago such as Theresa’s and Muddy Waters’ Checkerboard Lounge, The Damn Right Blues band was the norm. Every player in all The Blues clubs was an elite performer. They were the forefathers of music today. The Damn Right Blues Band – relaying their ancestors messages loudly, purely and honestly. After all, real Blues music is as honest as you get.

 Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Making Love” added a sing along portion to the show. One of Guy’s strong points is audience interaction and Guy furthered the bond with his rendition of John Hiatt’s Looks Like Rain.The audience was tutored by Guy into singing the chorus and it was angelic. Men were singing along yet eerily – it was only the female voices which rose to the heavens. Guy himself seem to pick up on that vibe and he sincerely gave his grading asking three or four times for them to do it again. It was a special moment.


Ric “Jazz’ Hall, Buddy’s gunslinger in crime on guitar was (next to Buddy) the best guitar player in Montreal last night. A headliner on his own, Ric displayed more than once how a guitar should sound while playing not only The Blues but Rock n Roll. Spacing and tone are far more important than technique and flash. Ric will be, one day – held in the same esteem that Mr. Guy is now.

Marty Sammon knows the feel of music. Marty Sammon well aware of how and what is needed in a Blues band. On keys, Sammon pushes and pulls the rhythm to lows and highs with power and solitude. Allowing Guy time to breathe physically and musically. The chemistry between the two as beautiful as Peanut Butter and Jelly. As tight as jeans on a runway model. As smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Two things happen at every Buddy Guy show. One – the master leaves his desk and ventures into the audience and two; the hairs on the back of people’s necks stand on end when Buddy opens his mouth and sings. Both occurred last night yet the softness in which Guy also sang was equally as outstanding. His control and the feel of The Blues was impressive. At eighty- two years of age, Guy’s stamina may be the inspiration behind Mick Jagger’s strength.

Buddy Guy. Walking and walking and walking and walking and …

Photos Benoit Rousseau

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Rick Keene Music Scene – HuDost Shines Brightly On Latest Album ‘Of Water + Mercy’

Life experiences dictate feelings.


HuDost
’s Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines have lived life’s up and downs in the past few years. Loss, gain and pain are a few of the life – changing experiences that have come there way.

Like most true artists, their souls feel more than most and thankfully all the trials and tribulations fly high through their art.

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Moksha about the new album and hear tracks which will settle your own soul.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Moksha Sommer of HuDost Explains How PledgeMusic Ripped Off Artists

The road to happiness is paved with good intentions, or – something like that …


HuDost
’s Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines have issued a candid statement to their fans, shedding light on their album’s release campaign through now-disgraced crowd-funding platform, PledgeMusic.

The husband / wife team are among many , many artists whose fans were left holding the bag in a crowd funding platform that went so bad.

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Moksha about what happened and what is happening with her band’s battle against PledgeMusic

Moksha? What’s up?

Stayed Tuned for Part Two !

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What’s Coming On Rick Keene Music Scene.com ( Or – How I Stopped Listening to Mainstream And Learned To Love the Bomb)

Blind dates are not for everyone …

Some folks like to know what they are getting into before they dress up and hit the road. Many folks do not like surprises in their lives.

For those who prefer security over blind faith – please listen below to some tunes from the artists I will be interviewing this week on Rick Keene Music Scene.com

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The Most Important Interview You Will Listen To ( p.s The Music Is Awesome Too ! )

A social conscience will save us.

Rupa of Rupa and The April Fishes is a brilliant songwriter and singer. Her band, The Fishes, are a gang of musicians almost too good for music’s sakes. Given all this – music is not the most important thing going on within their new record.

Please listen below to a very important conversation with Rupa about many issues affecting our world today. It may save your life.

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