Zac Brown Band, "Jekyll + Hyde" (Southern Ground/John Varvatos/Big Machine/Republic Nashville)
Chris Stapleton, "Traveller" (Mercury Nashville)
Music venues with a strong culinary element are popping up all over the city this year. We've grown accustomed to long-standing food trends in this city:Â kale,Â craft beer and food trucks, and a huge boom in the last few years ofÂ pizzerias andÂ Asian eateries.Â Something we haven't encountered is a sudden growth in niche spaces, like restaurants and music venues combined. Nocturne Jazz & Supper Club was theÂ first on the scene in 2015, opening on March 13. Like its three sister restaurantsâLinger, Root Down, and Root Down D.I.A.âthe restaurant is serious about its food.
He is unlikely to be named a Middle East peace negotiator, but DJ superstar Paul van Dyk says that his music in a way has succeeded where politics has failed. "The Politics of Dancing 3," the German DJ's latest album which was released Monday, brings together artists from around the Middle East in a sign of how electronic music has increasingly become global. Van Dyk -- often considered a pioneer of trance music, although he dislikes the categorization -- brought both established and emerging DJs into the studio for the album, which is driven by fast-paced driving beats and catchy, accelerating melodies. "The collaborations I did, they very clearly show how uniting music is," van Dyk told AFP in New York, where ahead of the album's release he played a six-hour set at a Brooklyn warehouse.