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Brendan Benson plays the guitar on stage.

Story by Danielle Findley Photos courtesy of Third Man Records Brendan Benson released a new album on April 24, 2020 titled Dear Life. Dear Life was a surprise, considering Benson has not produced a new LP in seven years. Benson’s outlook on his new album heralds his Good to be Alive single, which was a …

Photo courtesy of Singersroom Story by Salina Vongsanith/Contributing Writer Jhene Aiko released her 3rd studio album, “Chilombo,” on March 6th, which focuses on the healing nature of sound while also highlighting stories about a relationship. Aiko, an American R&B singer, explores new sounds on “Chilombo” that tell the story of her relationships while becoming invested …

Photo Courtesy of Soompi Story by Salina Vongsanith/Contributing Writer BTS fans, also known as ARMYs, are probably either bopping, sobbing or dancing with joy to BTS’s latest album, Map of the Soul: 7. BTS, the gigantic K-pop boy band, just released their 20-track album. It highlights BTS’s accomplishments, the struggles they faced and the relationships …

Story by Aaliyah Johnson/Contributing Writer DaBaby became the breakout star of 2019 with his hit album “Baby on Baby” back in March, which contained his hit song “Suge”. That song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts just two months later in June. His particular style and rap flow runs parallel to many others …

Photo Courtesy of Udiscovermusic Story by Savannah Odeneal/Contributing Writer The Lumineers, an American Folk-Rock band, dropped their third album Friday. The band has  previously released two albums– “The Lumineers” in 2012 and “Cleopatra” in 2016– to stunning acclaim. The Lumineers performed at Tennessee’s very own music festival, Bonnaroo, this past summer where they played a …

Photo Courtesy of CMT Story by Liz Juengling/Contributing Writer The Country supergroup The Highwomen released their highly anticipated, self-titled debut album on Sept. 6.  The group includes female powerhouses Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby. They joined with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, who produced the entire record. The group released the album …