Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals: Keep Your Faith to the Sky

The Time For Peace Is Now, indie label Luaka Bop’s second installment in their World Spirituality Classics compilation series, features a soulful number by Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals. This ’70s-era secular gospel track, “Keep Your Faith to the Sky,” calls upon spirituality—not religion—and addresses how we exist with one another. Soul DJ Greg Belson compiled all of the secular gospel tracks on the album, …

The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

Step into the legendary musician and spiritual leader's world through a special compilation release and NYC sunset show

The profound, transcendental music Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda composed at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California has become available to the wider public, with help from NYC-based (and world-music-embracing) label Luaka Bop. Originally, the four cassette tapes recorded in the ’80s and ’90s could only be found at the ashram—one current listing on eBay is asking for at least $300. It’s clear why they’re going at …

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Courtney Barnett's surprise live set, a thank you from How To Dress Well and more in this week's musical round-up

Courtney Barnett: Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party Summing up the weekend vibe (or maybe even adult life) is Courtney Barnett’s “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party,” and the Melbourne singer-songwriter shared the message with Londoners this week in a surprise live set outside Camden Town tube station. With lyrics like “I wanna go out / but …