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Ben Harper, Dawes and Rich Ruth release albums


Here is a trio of new albums worth checking out:

“Lineage Maintenance”, Ben Harper

The acclaimed folk-blues-rock artist returns with his 16th studio feature, which follows 2020’s instrumental affair “Winter Is for Lovers.”

Harper is accompanied on the album by legendary keyboardist Larry Goldings, who takes the opportunity to present his work on the clavinet.

“He’s kind of the unsung hero of soul music,” Harper says of the clavinet. “It was made famous by the intro to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’, which was probably the first song my dad ever played for me. I brought Larry and we had a blast.

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are supporting “Bloodline Maintenance” with a concert September 18 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $59, mountainwinery.com.

“The Misadventures of Doomscroller”, Dawes

The cool LA rock band is back with their eighth studio album, produced by longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson (Billy Strings, Father John Misty, Angel Olsen).

“Misadventures of Doomscroller” includes the singles “Ghost in the Machine”, “Everything Is Permanent”, and “Comes in Waves”.

Dawes supported the album on a tour with The Head and the Heart which landed at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on August 19. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $55, apeconcerts.com.

“I survived, it’s over”, Rich Ruth

We’re loving the few tracks we’ve heard from the Nashville-based ambient music composer’s new album, which is due out August 12th.

The cut we keep playing over and over again is “Older But Not Less Confused,” which is a mesmerizing slice of post-rock-meets-jazz-fusion drama for the ears. The accompanying video was directed by Brook Linder, who has worked with Billie Eilish, Grimes, Spoon, Beck and others.