Assemblage 23 – Bruise CD/2xCD (Metropolis)
New album available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe features a bonus disc with
non-album tracks and remixes from Cesium_137, iVardensphere, Daniel Myer, Grendel, and more.
Azealia Banks – 1991 CDEP/12” (Interscope)
Debut from 20-year-old Harlem native. Like Nicki Minaj meets Santigold. Pitchfork loves her.
BoDeans – American Made CD (Free & Alive)
BoDeans eleventh album is laced with strands of indigenous roots elements: heartland hoedown folk, Celtic-rooted mountain music, zydeco, Southern roadhouse soul, Chicago blues, and 100-proof roots.
Bouncing Souls – Comet CD/LP (Rise)
One of the most respected pop/punk bands of all time is back.
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Ashes & Roses CD (Zoe)
12th ablum from the singer/songwriter. Features guest appearance by James Taylor.
The Constellations – Do It For Free CD (429)
New from the astute purveyors of the Atlanta rock/soul underbelly.
Cookie Duster – When Flying Was Easy CD/LP (SQE Music)
Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene) resurrects his old solo group for a new album, their first in over a decade.
Brian Culbertson – Dreams CD (Verve)
For his new album, Brian brought together a group of “who’s who” R&B in music, including Noel Gourdin, Vivian Green, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition.
The dB’s – Falling Off The Sky CD (Bar None)
The dB’s first new record in a quarter-century embodies the same combination of infectious melodic craft, playful sonic experimentation and barbed lyrical insight that established them as key progenitors of the Southern indie-rock explosion of the ’80s. Vinyl version due June 26.
Jimmy Fallon – Blow Your Pants Off CD/LP (WB)
Fallon’s second album of musical comedy, featuring guest appearances by: Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Dave Matthews, Brian Williams, Stephen Colbert, and Bruce Springsteen.
Far East Movement – Dirty Bass CD (Interscope)
Far East Movement create music that bridges the gap between underground party records and mainstream pop music. A mix of hip-hop, electro, alternative, and dance they call “dirty bass.”
Giant Giant Sand – Tucson CD (Fire)
Just when you thought Giant Sand couldn’t get any bigger, Howe Gelb has done just that by regrouping, expanding and magnifying his vision with the newest version of past ensembles, calling it (appropriately enough) Giant Giant Sand.
Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots A UFO CD/LP (GBV Inc.)
One could argue there’s more depth and variety here than on Alien Lanes, that there are better songs here than on Bee Thousand, but that’s an argument no one’s ever going to win, at least definitively.
Hot Chip – In Our Heads CD/LP (Domino)
Eleven stellar tracks of hyper-infectious pop, fizzing percussion and addictive bass line; there is even a gorgeous ballad or two.
The Hundred In The Hands – Red Night CD/2xLP (Warp)
Draws from the cloudy state of contemporary electronic and hip-hop production and NYC’s long lineage of avant-garde dance music.
Jaill - Traps CD/LP+MP3 (Sub Pop)
An acerbic exercise in both humility and aggression that transcends the humble environment of its creation, Traps finds the Milwaukee-based psych/pop three-piece confronting a malfunctioning universe with an inventive, lean 11-song album.
Jukebox The Ghost - Safe Travels CD/2xLP (Yep Roc)
”Jukebox The Ghost play rambunctious pop music with the compact melodicism of The Beatles, the ambitious prog sprawl of Yes, and the persistent dance motion of New Order.” — The Washington Post
John Mayer - Born And Raised 2xLP+CD (Columbia)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. New album from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. The first single, “Shadow Days,” Billboard calls “a gentle and shimmering confluence of mellow Southern rock.
Pat Metheny – Unity Band CD (Nonesuch)
For the first time since his 1980 release 80/81, guitarist Pat Metheny has recorded with a band that features tenor saxophone. Unity Band introduces a new Metheny ensemble with Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums, and Ben Williams on bass.
Metric - Synthetica CD/2xLP+MP3 (Mom + Pop)
Follow-up to 2009′s Fantasies. Available on CD and white vinyl. Get it here and we’ll hook you up with a free button pack.
Motion City Soundtrack – Go CD (Epitaph)
Continuing a dichotomy between upbeat music and darker lyricism that stretches back to their breakout single “The Future Freaks Me Out, ” Go sees the band both maturing lyrically and musically while reinvigorating their melodic, keyboard driven sound.
Mucca Pazza – Safety Filth CD/LP+MP3 (Electric Cowbell)
Chicago’s most beloved marching band. Truly genre-bending. From Captain Beefheart and Ennio Morricone, to Andrew Bird and John Zorn.
Piano Magic – Life Has Not Finished With Me Yet CD (Saint Marie)
Eleventh album sees the group emerging from beneath the wreckage of previous guitar-heavy albums to re-investigate the darker, more electronic sonic themes of their earlier work.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – The Lion, The Beast, The Beat CD (Hollywood)
Fourth studio album available in Regular and Deluxe Editions. Deluxe contains additional tracks, including duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney. Vinyl version due June 19.
Rush – Clockwork Angels CD/2xLP (Roadrunner)
Rush’s 20th studio album and first in five years chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams.
Mike Scheidt – Stay Awake CD/LP+MP3 (Thrill Jockey)
Debut solo album from Yob vocalist/guitarist.
Ed Sheeran - + CD (Elektra)
Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran is an English singer/songwriter. + is his debut album.
Skinny Puppy – Bootlegged, Broke, And In Solvent Seas CD (Metropolis)
A collection of live tracks from the pioneering industrial group.
Stereolab – Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements [Reissue/1993] 2xLP (1972)
Stereolab – Mars Audiac Quintet [Reissue/1994] 2xLP (1972)
Stereolab’s second and third albums — available domestically on vinyl for the first time.
Sun Araw/M. Geddes Gengras/The Congos – Frkwys Vol. 9 LP (RVNG International)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. Sun Araw and M.Geddes Gengras meet legendary dub reggae group The Congos in St. Catherine, Jamaica. Includes a feature film documenting the young musicians’ time spent living and learning The Congos way.
Superchunk - This Summer b/w Cruel Summer 7”+MP3 (Merge)
First new single since the 2010 release of Majesty Shredding. B-side features the band’s own take on Bananarama’s ’80s hit “Cruel Summer.” Includes download for both tracks, plus an acoustic version of “This Summer.” White vinyl.
The Tallest Man On Earth – There Is No Leaving Now CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
New album finds the Swedish troubadour trading in the sense of urgency that fueled his first two records for a confidently relaxed approach. Drums, piano, baritone guitar, woodwinds and pedal steel layer this collection of songs that never compromise virtuosity for immediacy.
Josh Turner - Punching Bag CD (MCA Nashville)
New album from the double-platinum-selling country music singer/songwriter.
Usher – Looking 4 Myself CD (RCA)
On his seventh studio album, Usher works with a host of collaborators including Salaam Remi, Diplo, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, and Max Martin, among others. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes bonus tracks.
Visioneers - Hipology 2xCD/2xLP (BBE)
Hipology is a collage of some of Marc Mac’s (4Hero) personal influences as a DJ/producer growing up listening to hip-hop. It’s an eclectic mix of breaks, beats, soul, jazz, and freaky squeaks and not a sampler in sight
Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Fans, Friends, & Family CD (WB)
Sophomore album from the rapper features guest appearances from Drake, Tyler The Creator, B.o.B, Trey Songz and Meek Mill.
Emily Jane White – Ode To Sentence CD (Antenna Farm)
Drawing upon fingerpicked folk, traditional country, classical music, and rock, White creates an expansive space for her intuitive lyrics and elegiac vocals. RIYL: Marissa Nadler.
Witch Mountain – Cauldron Of The Wild CD (Profound Lore)
New album from Portland’s oldest existing doom metal band.
Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe CD/LP (XL)
Bobby Womack’s first album of original material since 1994′s Resurrection. Co-produced by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur).
Young - Dub Egg CD/LP (Matador)
Follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut on Mexican Summer. Carries echos of Crazy Horse, Television and Quicksilver Messenger Service along with contemporaries like Sic Alps, Endless Boogie and Kurt Vile.