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#211: Chico da Tina, “Minho Trapstar”

Hailing from Viana do Castelo, Portugal, Francisco da Concertina – or Chico da Tina – is the only trap star we know that plays concertina, would rather have a 18th century neoclassical painting on his neck instead of golden chains, buys his wares from local markets instead of “flea markets” or vintage shops, and whose notion of a good time is more likely to be a small village romaria instead of a club in the city. You won’t get it if you don’t know the language, but it’s your fault anyway. Plus: new tracks by Destroyer, Girl Ray, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Lalalar, Health&Beauty, Black Bombaim & João Pais Filipe, Clark, Maria Reis, Josienne Clarke, Basia Bulat, Frances Quinlan, Hoops, Tōth, Califone, SUSS, Twain, Futurebirds, Tuomo & Markus, Drive-By Truckers, Honey Harper, and Leonard Cohen.

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#53: Mavis Staples, “Livin’ on a High Note”

Mavis Staples’ Livin’ on a High Note came out today and is on our spotlight this week!

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#49: David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Bolachas Now Playing is back with plenty of new music after the holiday season. David Bowie would still be featured even if he was alive – his latest record, Blackstar, is undoubtedly the first highlight of 2016. Some old favorites will be releasing new records this winter/spring (Explosions in the Sky, Tortoise, Woods, Yeasayer, Basia Bulat, Eleanor Friedberger), some are just starting (Cam, Anderson Paak, Margo Price) but there’s so much more: new tracks by Villagers, Jacob Faurholt, Matthew E. White & Natalie Prass, Santigold, and Brandy Clark. Here’s the first Bolachas Now Playing of the year, the 49th since we first started.

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#44: Basia Bulat

Album releases are slowly decreasing as the year comes to a close, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of singles being released. Treat yourself to 14 new songs (and some covers) from Basia Bulat (pictured), Benjamim, Dev Hynes & Connan Mockasin, Sea Of Bees, Adult Mom, Gianna Lauren, Natalie Prass,Frankie Lee, Jeff Buckley, JEFF The Brotherhood, Nap Eyes, Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi, Corb Lund, and The Wainwright Sisters.