Casey Abrams - Casey Abrams CD (Concord)
New album from the singer/songwriter and American Idol Season 10 finalist.
Paul Banks – Julian Plenti Lives CDEP/12”+MP3 (Matador)
Paul Banks of Interpol steps out from behind his alter ego Julian Plenti with this EP. Five tracks, including the brooding “Summertime Is Coming,” plus an original instrumental and three covers.
Beachwood Sparks – Tarnished Gold CD/LP (Sub Pop)
Beachwood Sparks brought new life to what Gram Parsons famously described as “cosmic American music,” and recaptured L.A.’s laidback but vibrant heyday back in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. This is their first album in 11 years.
Blues Traveler – Suzie Cracks The Whip CD (429)
The Grammy-winning multi-platinum rockers return with a brand new album.
Chris Cagle – Back In The Saddle CD (Bigger Picture Group)
Chain & The Gang – In Cool Blood CD/LP (K Records)
“The sassiest boy in America… (Ian Svenonius) is not asking anyone in the gang to follow his example. But when faced with the charismatic insight of a prison savant that’s got the world figured out, you can’t help but fall in line.” — DustedChatham County Line – Sight & Sound CD+DVD (Yep Roc)
On a recent summer evening in downtown Raleigh, NC, Chatham County Line set up shop at a stately theater filled with hundreds of their most devoted fans and captured what they do best: gathering around a single microphone to play and sing their own songs. Vinyl version due July 10.
Corey Chisel – Old Believers CD (Thirty Tigers)
Cory Chisel’s sophomore release (recorded with longtime collaborator Brendan Benson in Nashville with members of The Cardinals) features gritty live production and an awe inspiring 30 different types of instruments.
The Cinematic Orchestra – In Motion Pt. 1 CD/2xLP (Ninja Tune)
Jason Swinscoe invites some of his favorite musicians and producers to provide soundtracks to musical re-imaginings of seminal work by great avant garde film-makers.
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead & Alive CD+DVD (Ferret)
A live CD+DVD taped during the 2011 Dead Throne US tour.
DIIV – Oshin CD (Captured Tracks)
DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frostbitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-‘80s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence. Vinyl version due July 10.
Jerry Douglas – Traveller CD (E1)
This ambitious collection of vocals and instrumentals enlists a truly awesome cast of characters in support of an epic vision that combines country/bluegrass, R&B, and even a ballad with roots in the British Isles.
Electric Prunes – The Complete Reprise Singles CD (Real Gone Music)
Though the Electric Prunes were responsible for some of the boldest and most experimental pop of the late ’60s, they always were, more than just about any band of their ilk, a singles-oriented act, at least in their earliest incarnation.
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Dreamin’ Wild  CD/LP (Light In The Attic)
Pacific Northwest isolation mixed with wide-eyed ambition, this 1979 album channeled bedroom pop jams, raw funk, and yacht rock.
Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station LP (Fantasy/Concord)
Recently released on CD — now available on vinyl. 12 new tracks from the acclaimed Texas singer/songwriter/blues rocker.
Everclear - Invisible Stars CD (E1)
Everclear return with their eighth album — their first in six years.
Everest – Ownerless CD/LP (ATO)
Described by Everest guitarist Joel Graves as a “hopeful love letter slipped under the door,” Ownerless expands on the broad rock ‘n’ roll direction the band undertook with 2008’s On Approach.
The Flaming Lips – The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends CD (WB)
Originally available as a limited edition Record Store Day vinyl release – Heady Fwends is now available on CD. Here, the Flaming Lips team up with Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Edward Sharpe, and many others. (Note: the Chris Martin track “I Don’t Want You To Die” — which originally appeared on the RSD double-LP version — has been replaced by “Tasered And Maced” (featuring Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory)).
Mark Fosson – Diggin In The Dust: Home Recordings 1976 CD/LP (Tompkins Square)
Kentucky native Mark Fosson recorded one album for John Fahey’s Takoma Records in 1976 which went unreleased until 2006. This is a recently discovered home demo for that session.
Kenny G/Rahul Sharma – Namaste CD (Concord Jazz)
World-renowned musicians Kenny G and Rahul Sharma combine their mastery of santoor and the saxophone.
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage CD (Roadrunner)
New album from the French extreme metal band.
The Henry Clay People – Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives CD/LP (TBD)
The L.A. quartet ride the line between punk and power pop, with anger and melody in constant tension.
Jesca Hoop – The House That Jack Built CD/LP (Bella Union)
The House That Jack Built deftly showcases Jesca Hoop’s unflinching tendency to pull focus from widescreen to close-up. Part siren song, part grim warning, it achieves a perspective-warping balance between the haunting intimacy of Hoop’s delivery and an unconfined air of horizon-scanning grandeur.
Iron & Wine – Two Sides Of George 7”+MP3 (Suicide Squeeze)
Iron & Wine covers George Michael and Lowell George’s Little Feat on this ultra-limited edition 7″.
Joe Jackson – The Duke CD (Razor & Tie)
The Duke finds singer/composer/arranger/keyboardist Joe Jackson interpreting a series of Ellington classics.
R. Kelly – Write Me Back CD (RCA)
New album represents the natural progression of Kelly’s musical time machine, recalling the sultry and seductive sounds associated with such icons as Barry White, Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass, among others.
Kylesa – To Walk A Middle Course [Reissue/2005] LP (Alternative Tentacles)
Kylesa – Time Will Fuse Its Worth [Reissue/2006] LP (Alternative Tentacles)
Vinyl LP reissues of the Kylesa’s second and third albums, newly remastered by the band.
Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg – Painkillers CD/LP (Alive)
The punk/blues duo teams up with James Leg (Black Diamond Heavies’ keyboardist and howler) for an album of incendiary cover tunes (Junior Kimbrough, Bob Seger, Hound Dog Taylor, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, and more).
Lil Scrappy – Tha Gru$tle CD (Bonzi)
New album from the Atlanta MC features appearances from 2 Chainz, Twista, Chingy Brown, Khandi (Atlanta House Wives) and Tocarra.
Linkin Park – Living Things CD (WB)
New album from the nu-metal stalwarts.
Little Feat – Rooster Rag CD (Rounder)
15th album of original material by the blues rock veterans. Vinyl version due July 10.
Maroon 5 – Overexposed CD (A&M Octone)
Maroon 5′s fourth studio album is a rich, pop-infused collection of tracks. Available in Regular and Deluxe editions. Deluxe includes bonus tracks.
Mixtapes – Even On The Worse Nights CD (No Sleep)
New album from the Cincinnati-based alt-rock band.
The Mountain Goats – The Hound Chronicles/Hot Garden Stomp [1992/1993] 2xCD (Shrimper)
Second and third full-lengths, available for the first time on any format other than cassette.
The Offspring – Days Go By CD (Columbia)
Ninth studio album from the Orange County punk band.
Old Man Gloom – No CD/LP (Hydra Head)
Old Man Gloom is a supergroup featuring Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer), Nate Newton (Converge, Doomriders), Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Zozobra) and Santos Monta’o (Zozobra).
A Place To Bury Strangers – Worship CD/LP (Dead Oceans)
Guitars as jet engines; guitars as haunted electronics; guitars as filling-melting white heat. They interweave threads of krautrock, dream-pop, and ‘80s goth without ever losing the edge that is quintessentially Strangers.
Jill Scott – Crates: Remix Fundamentals Volume 1 CD (Hidden Beach)
A collection of diverse musical styles and tempos, Remix Fundamentals Volume 1 contains “A Long Walk The Jazzy Jeff Redux,” revisiting the Divas first bonafide hit, while Kyle West brings it home with the lazy summer evening poetic vibe of “Love Rain.”
Polysick – Digital Native CD/2xLP (Planet Mu)
15 tracks of glowing, nocturnal, analog grace that recall the days of acid house and early techno, but with a mood and intent designed for watching images dance on closed eyelids.
SBTRKT – Hold On 12” (XL)
Limited edition 12″ with uber-deluxe lenticular sleeve. Features non-album B-side and a remix of “Hold On” by SiSiBakBak’s Coldest Stare.
Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse CD (In The Red)
Slaughterhouse marks the first time Segall has recorded with his touring band. For this mini-album, the band turned their amps all the way up, set their fuzz pedals on obliterate and commenced to kick ass and take names. Vinyl version due July 17.
Sonny And The Sunsets – Longtime Companion CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)
Explores love and heartache along the vein of Gene Clark, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Johnny Cash.
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Throw It To The Universe CD/LP (Yep Roc)
The band’s sixth, and final, full-length album contains elements of psychedelic rock, pop hooks, cryptic lyrics and nods to ‘60s and ‘70s guitar rock.
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.
Jeans Wilder – Totally CD/LP+MP3 (Everloving)
This San Diego one-man beach-pop/noise band has a helluva knack for hauntingly beautiful soundscapes that speak to the foamy glory of the surf as much as to the watery death that lurks beneath. RIYL: Washed Out, Real Estate, Panda Bear.