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Music You Should Know: six new tracks for March 11

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March 11, 2021

Music to discover this week comprises six tracks, including entries from Grammy nominees and two notable cover tunes. Plus, we've got pick for you from Doc Rhombus, an artist who entered the local music scene just this past year.

Big Red Machine, "A Crime" (Sharon Van Etten cover)

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of her album, Epic, Sharon Van Etten will release a double album featuring a re-release of the original album and a collection of covers by Fiona Apple, Courtney Barnett, Lucinda Williams, and Big Red Machine (a group featuring Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver). The Big Red Machine cover of "A Crime" features dueling guitars and Justin filling his vocals with regret and vitriol.

Lucy Dacus, "Thumbs"

A fan-favorite live track that is as beautiful as it is bleak, "Thumbs" is a murder ballad about friendship and the wish fulfillment of helping a friend deal with a horrible father. "Thumbs" is haunting and horrific in the most gentle and delicate way.

Doc Rhombus, "Fine Line"

"Doc Rhombus is a songwriter, musician, and producer who moved to Minneapolis from Chicago this past year. He released his debut full length album, Long Division, in January 2021, which acts as an examination of fractured society and the idea that ignorance breeds division. Throughout the album, Doc incorporates expansive sonic landscapes, catchy synth-filled grooves, and a generally sunshine-y and relaxing sound which nicely contrasts the album's more tricky subject matter." - Sylvia Jennings

Lido Pimienta, "Coming Thru"

Lido Pimienta'snMiss Colombianisnnominatednfor Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album at then2021 Grammy Awards. A meditative song about not having to try and keep someone in your life, Pimienta's voals push through lilting choruses, and it feels powerful and uplifting. She'll be one of the performers at this weekend's Grammy Awards.

Greentea Peng, "Nah It Ain't The Same"

Aria Wells, known professionally as Greentea Peng, is a neo-soul and self-described "psychedelic R&B" singer and songwriter from southeast London. You can hear the Erykah Badu influence on her most recent single, "Nah It Ain't The Same," which continues Peng's contemplation of daily life and spirituality.

Brittany Howard, "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" (Jackie Wilson cover)

The Alabama Shakes frontwoman has been releasing a series of covers in the past year, and her most recent offering is a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1967 song "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher." Howard's powerhouse vocals are the remedy for whatever ails you. Her debut solo record, Jaime, is up for five Grammy Awards, including: Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, Best R and B Performance, and Best American Roots Performance.