I was checking my social media feed this morning and came across a post professing how music is just not as good as it used to be. This message comes up pretty often throughout the year. I’m not sure if the purveyors mean it, or if they are just nostalgic for old music.

As a lover of music and a cultural critic, I am always taken aback by posts with this sentiment regarding music. I’m left wondering – “what are they listening to?” “Are they seeing concerts?” “Are they watching live television performances?”

If I had to guess, listeners who feel this way are having their music curated for them, as opposed to taking control of their listening experiences. I say, “the radio makes good music bad and bad music good.”

For those of you longing for good new music, I recommend listening to Gary Clark, Jr. Here are ways to do so: create a Pandora station in his name, go directly to one of Clark’s four albums on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Prime or Napster (formerly Rhapsody), or purchase his music on iTunes and download to your device.

Gary Clark Jr. – The Healing (Official Music Video)

You can also catch Gary Clark, Jr. live tonight on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” And they mean “late late” so set your DVR and watch later with your family. I promise you’ll enjoy and have a renewed sense that good music still exists.  (“The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Thursday night, November 2nd, 12:37 am E/11:37 pm C on CBS.)

Gary Clark Jr. – Come Together (Official Music Video)

Gary Clark Jr. – “Our Love” (Live at Arlyn Studios) 

All black artists on this week of television talk shows:

Monday, October 30, 2017
Shaquille O’Neal on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Aisha Tyler on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Ty Dolla $ign featuring YG on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Thundercat on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
JB Smoov on “Conan”
Whoopi Golberg on “Watch What Happens Live”
Yvette Nicole Brown on “The View”
JB Smoove on “The View”
Wayne Brady on “The Real”
Tia Mowry-Hardrict on “Steve”
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Robin Thede on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”
Gabrielle Union on “Watch What Happens Live”
Sheree Whitfield on “The Wendy Williams Show”
Darius Rucker on “Harry”
Kyle Anfernee on “The Real”
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Caleb McLaughlin on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
Whoopi Goldberg on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Gary Clark, Jr. on “The Late Late Show with James Corden”
Gabrielle Union on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
Shemar Moore on “The Talk”
Kerry Washington on “The Ellen Degeneris Show”
Sheila E. on “Harry”
Redman on “The Real”
Friday, November 3, 2017
Cast of Moesha on “The Real”
Xscape on “Steve”