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SHOOK ONE: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God

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An Evening w/ Girl with No Job

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Old School Game Show

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Hari Kondabolu

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The Revolution

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Jenny Slate

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Live Dead ’69 & New Riders of the Purple Sage

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UB40

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Gary Gulman

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Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

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Team Coco Presents: Conan & Friends

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Lucia Micarelli

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David Bromberg Big Band w/ special guest Loudon Wainwright III

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LeVar Burton Reads Live!

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Danity Kane DK3 feat. Dawn & Dumblonde

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Jeff Tweedy Book Tour: LET’S GO (SO WE CAN GET BACK)

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Don McLean

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Boz Scaggs: Out of The Blues Tour 2018

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The Dollop

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Jackson Galaxy

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Mike Epps

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Joan Osborne’s DYLANOLOGY : feat. Special Guests Anders Osborne & Robert Randolph * All Dylan * Full Band * Two Sets *

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The Beach Boys – Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

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Chris D’Elia

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Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous Tour

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Crash Test Dummies

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Lindsey Buckingham

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Chris Botti

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A Conversation with Bob Woodward

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Small Town Murder Presents: Shut up and Give Me Murder!!

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Paula Poundstone

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Blood, Sweat & Tears – 2018

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The Tenors “Home for the Holidays: Christmas Classics & the Hits”

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Start Making Sense

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Michelle Wolf

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DC Young Fly

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It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City

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DeRay Davis

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Amazing Johnathan

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Bert Kreischer: Body Shots Tour

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Countess and Friends

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Ron White

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And That’s Why We Drink Podcast

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Rob Schneider

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THE LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR performs PAUL SIMON’s “GRACELAND” with special guest THE DUKE OF NEW YORK DJ set of “GRACELAND – THE REMIXES”

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A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour

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Sirius XM Presents: KATHLEEN MADIGAN – HOT DOGS AND ANGELS TOUR

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Brian Regan

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Natalie Merchant and Lunasa

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Norm Macdonald

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Nils Frahm

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One Night of Queen

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Tom Segura

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Bio

For Chris Isaak, first comes the song.

And for First Comes The Night– Isaak’s stunning first album of new material in six years — this gifted singer-songwriter and bandleader is bringing us a bumper crop of strong and intriguing songs from which to choose. “There was no mission for this album other than to follow the songs,” Chris Isaak explains, and in terms of songwriting, the floodgates really opened this time. “My last release was Beyond The Sun– my tribute to Sun Records with a lot of covers — so this time around I had a lot of new material that I was thrilled to record. My manager always tells me, `We need more songs.’ This time, even she realized she’s creating a songwriting monster, and had to beg me to stop.”

First Comes The Night fittingly represents a number of firsts for Chris Isaak, who recently signed on to become a judge for the first time on The X Factor Australia. Of his new television gig Down Under, Isaak explains, “I love Australia, and if you’re going to look for stars, I can’t think of a more beautiful place on Earth to start looking.” As for First Comes The Night, this is the first time that Isaak has written and recorded so much in Nashville, Tennessee, a change in location he explored partly upon the suggestion of his friend Stevie Nicks. “Somehow even I had some misconceptions about Nashville,” confesses Isaak. “You’d think a music guy who’s been in the business as long as I have would know better. I’m a huge fan of country music since I grew up listening to Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Buck Owens, and I know my country history well, but even I somehow forgot Nashville is — and always been — about more than just country.”

Indeed, in Nashville, Isaak found himself working with a number of new producers who helped show him how exciting a place to make music Nashville could be. “I worked on the album in Los Angeles along with Mark Needham who’s done great work with me over the years. Then I took some time to write and record in Nashville. I had the misconception that a producer in Nashville would be bringing in banjos and asking me what songs I had that were pure country. The truth is that great producers are great producers, and Nashville is so full of brilliantly talented people. I worked with Paul Worley who is a great producer, period, and he can go anywhere in the world and make great records like he’s done with the Dixie Chicks or Lady Antebellum. The same was true when I worked with Dave Cobb who’s been doing amazing work lately with Jason Isbell and many others. Their backgrounds are so deep and they’re into so much music, there was no reference I could make they would not know and respond to in a heartbeat.”

Similarly, in the Nashville tradition, Isaak also did more co-writing than usual, including working with some of the town’s talented songwriters. Before long, Isaak fell in love with the tremendous musical energy of Nashville. “It’s Music City – not just country city,” Isaak says. “At first you think of all the classic country artists, at least I do, but then you realize how many great records Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers made there too. Great Rock & Roll came out of Nashville and great Soul music too. I think I bumped into more musicians in Nashville of every kind than anyplace else ever, and that gives you the feeling that music is alive and well. In Nashville, people are still excited to be playing and making records, as they should be. Literally, my cab driver was a drummer. The guy who sold me a shirt at Macy’s was a singer-songwriter. The guy at the health food store was a bass player. And I went to breakfast one morning, and saw Robert Plant. Everywhere you look is another potential bandmate.”

Yet for all this exciting collaboration, First Comes The Night is very much a great Chris Isaak album that features him at his best. For all the firsts, there’s a strong through-line that continues from Isaak’s earlier triumphs like Silvertone (1985), Chris Isaak (1986), Heart Shaped World (1989), San Francisco Days (1993), Forever Blue (1995) and Always Got Tonight (2002). “I guess you can make a drink with many ingredients, but if one is very strong, that’s what you taste,” says Isaak with a laugh. “For better or worse, I have a tendency to dominate because I have a big voice and some twisted ideas.”

For Isaak continuing to write and record is one of his best and least twisted ideas. “People who love music still get excited for a great new song or a performance that connects,” he explains. “Making this album wasn’t a contractual obligation – it was a thrill and a privilege to be making music with so many great people. I know the business is tough and some people say it’s not a time to make records now, but I’m hooked. I love music so much. I don’t think, ‘I’m going to sell 40 million records.’ I think, ‘How I’m going to make a hell of a record even if it’s for 40 people who just listen to it a million times.’ I think about it this way — I’ve worked my whole life and never missed a gig in 30 something years. I want to do this, and for me, the thrill is not gone.”

In part because of his new position on The X Factor Australia, Isaak finds himself thinking back to his own path to stardom and the musicians who made that journey more meaningful. “When you’re 20, you just want to be in a band to make it,” says Isaak. “All these years later, I’ve never missed a tour or a date. And only now in the past ten years, I’ve realized the real prize isn’t how much money you make or the gold records. The real prize is the people you work with. That sounds like a Hallmark Card, and that might sound crazy to a 20 year old who just wants to get famous, but it ends up being true. I’ve seen tons of bands I know who make tons of money and they’re very unhappy people who don’t have a friend in the world when they’re on the road. I’ve always gone out on the road with people who I love and respect as musicians and as people. I don’t want to be onstage with anyone who I don’t like. I’m not that good an actor, and I have the movies to prove it. I feel lucky to play with my band. You’d think we’d be blasé by now, but the guys are excited to have a new record. We love playing together and we’re still trying to get it right.”

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