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Oct 23, 2015 by claytonc

Fall is a great time to discover new music. Why not grab a mug of apple cider this weekend and check out one or more of the following albums that were just released today?

  • Sounds Good Feels Good by 5 Seconds of Summer
    Teen Pop. The Aussie outfit's sophomore album of playfully irreverent, '90s-style punk-pop and earnest emo balladry.
  • Liberman by Vanessa Carlton
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. A painterly, introspective album that trades in musings and austere arrangements.
  • Product 3 by Beat Connection
    Indie Electronic. A soulful set of warm, laid-back dance pop from this Seattle-based band.
  • My Stupid Heart by Shawn Mullins
    Adult Alternative Pop/Rock. A nicely weathered record that shows Mullins' range as a writer and performer.
  • Sun Leads Me On by Half Moon Run
    Indie Rock. The Montreal band's sophomore outing dials back on the folk elements of their debut in favor of a more cosmopolitan approach.
  • Pylon by Killing Joke
    Alternative/Indie Rock. More sound, fury, and bad karma from the original lineup of the U.K. post-punk subversives.
  • Astoria by Marianas Trench
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The theatrical Canadian rockers continue to go big on their Goonies-referencing, '80s-fueled fourth album.
  • Gone Like the Cotton by The Cox Family
    Bluegrass. The family band's long-shelved 1998 album finally sees a belated (and most welcome) release.
  • Serenade: The Love Album by Anne Akiko Meyers
    Concerto. An exceptionally engaging program that uses Meyers' basically lyrical talents to the maximum and luxuriantly melodic.
Oct 19, 2015 by eileenf

Upon learning this Canadian group plays good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, and being a huge fan of artists like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, I had to listen for myself. I was not disappointed. I could have sworn the trippy opening guitar licks to “Jim Sullivan” was the beginning to “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles. Other songs on this album can be confused with some by REO Speedwagon. And I would’ve insisted that some amazing organ work could’ve been performed by Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers. If you’ve worn a hole in your classic rock albums, try these guys. You’ll be rocking out in no time. Listen Now

Oct 16, 2015 by claytonc

Hot new music from many different traditions this week. Check out the latest every Friday. Here are this week's picks:

  • The Color Before the Sun by Coheed and Cambria
    Neo-Prog. The New York power trio's unusually accessible eighth album is their first outside of the epic Amory Wars saga.
  • Dopamine by Børns
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Dreamy debut full-length from young Michigan native with a love for glimmering disco, funk, and glam rock.
  • Son Little (self-titled)
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. Rich and eclectic fusion of blues, soul, R&B, and hip-hop from writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Livingston.
  • Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
    Cast Recordings. Hip-hop and ethnically diverse casting meet Revolutionary America in innovative -- and delightful -- musical theater.
  • Jamie Lawson (self-titled)
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. Debut album full of warm, comforting guitar pop from the first artist to sign with Ed Sheeran's new label.
  • Mahler's Symphony No. 5 by Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
    Symphony. Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra give a flexible and nuanced reading of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor.
  • Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Janis Kelly, and Jayce Ogren
    Opera. Prima Donna, Rufus Wainwright's first opera, was recorded by Jayce Ogren and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London in 2015.
  • General Admission by Machine Gun Kelly
    Hardcore Rap. A druggy downer with a Kid Rock-fueled anthem in the middle, the rapper's 2015 LP is both corrosive and alluring.
  • Confident by Demi Lovato
    Pop. A messy, colorful magpie pop album that touches upon every modern trend while seeming like the work of nobody outside Demi Lovato.
Oct 9, 2015 by claytonc

Every Friday new music drops. What is your soundtrack for the long weekend? Perhaps one of these will make  your cut? Click any album title to listen to these fresh tracks immediately. Listen Now!

  • 35 MPH Town by Toby Keith
    Contemporary Country. Despite a couple of ballads and beach songs, 35 MPH Town is another reliable record from Keith's wheelhouse.
  • The Agent Intellect by Protomartyr
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Third album from these Detroit indie rockers is a smart, furious combination of guitars and voices, each ranting with purpose.
  • Such Things by Saintseneca
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Moving on from folk, this Ohio band delivers a spiraling exercise in focused, ambitious, well-produced indie pop.
  • Snare Lustrous Doomings by Of Montreal
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The band's first live album is a 90-minute, consummately performed, career-spanning romp that captures the freewheeling spirit of their shows.
  • Things That Can't Be Undone by Corb Lund
    Neo-Traditionalist Country. The Alberta songwriter and producer Dave Cobb team to deliver aa new chapter in the country music tradition
  • Rest in Paradise by Kisses
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The L.A. duo expands its retro disco sound in a more organic direction, bringing in Midnight Magic to get a live band feel.
  • Revival by Selena Gomez
    Pop. With a new label and more control over production and songwriting, Revival is a fresh start for Gomez.
  • Everybody Wants a Piece by Joe Louis Walker
    Contemporary Blues. Prolific blues guitarist delivers on this strong, eclectic album.
  • Youngblood by Korey Dane
    Alternative Singer/Songwriter. Literate, nuanced folk-rock from the Long Beach singer/songwriter with warm production from Tony Berg.
Oct 5, 2015 by claytonc

Every Friday new music is released and we make lots and lots of it available for you to listen to immediately. Check out the top picks from this past Friday:

  • Unbreakable by Janet Jackson
    Contemporary R&B. A clean-cut and satisfying return after a seven-year absence, created with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
  • New Bermuda by Deafheaven
    Black Metal. Deafheaven follow up their triumphant breakthrough album Sunbather with a bleak yet ultimately uplifting third full-length.
  • Stories by Avicii
    EDM. The Swedish DJ's second genre-blending effort gets everything right with guests like Zac Brown, Wyclef Jean, Matisyahu, and Martin Garrix in support.
  • Fast Forward by Joe Jackson
    Contemporary Pop/Rock. The gifted pop songwriter hops from New York and New Orleans to Amsterdam and Berlin on his first studio set since 2008.
  • Silence In The Snow (Special Edition) by Trivium
    Hard Rock/Metal. Trivium haven't made the same album twice since 2003's Vengeance Falls. In keeping with their own tradition, they tossed out plenty to reinvent themselves here. Trivium are using the building blocks of metal to pursue a wider, more nuanced, musical direction.
  • Pipes of Peace [Special Edition] by Paul McCartney
    Album Rock. The 2015 reissue of the 1983 album contains a disc of demos, rarities, B-sides, and outtakes.
  • This Is War by Emily Kinney
    Alternative Singer/Songwriter. A year after exiting The Walking Dead, the singer/songwriter/actress issues unapologetically chirpy, charming, love-is-war indie pop.
  • Kill the Flaw by Sevendust
    Alternative Metal. Largely written in the studio, Kill the Flaw finds the bandmembers reconnecting with their roots while performing with the aplomb of veterans.
  • Creeps by Indian Handcrafts
    Heavy Metal. Picking up where they left off, the Barrie Ontaro power duo deliver another serving of prime sludge with a couple of twists.
  • Show Me Your Fangs by Matt Nathanson
    Adult Alternative Pop/Rock. An exuberant album that balances Nathanson's longstanding knack for emotive acoustic balladry with sophisticated, R&B-influenced production.
Oct 2, 2015 by eileenf

New Zealand-born Tamaryn’s breathy vocals and electronic dream-pop harkens back to the glorious ‘80s/early ‘90s synth revolution. But this latest offering sounds quite fresh. If you’re in the mood to listen to airy soundscapes with a definite pop feel, give it a listen. I listened to this album while I did some writing and came away with a peaceful, upbeat feeling. This album is so delicate, you may not even realize such luscious sounds are pouring into your ear until it’s all over and somehow you’re more a bit more energized. Listen Now

Sep 25, 2015 by claytonc

What a Friday! Here are the most critically acclaimed albums released today that you can listen to right now - just follow the links from the titles. Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Dodge And Burn by The Dead Weather
    Alternative / Indie Rock. Another album from this Jack White-related supergroup with White on drums and featuring members of the Kills and Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Caracal by Disclosure
    Club/Dance. Several chart-topping vocalists make contributions, but the lower-profile guests truly elevate the Lawrence brothers' second album.
  • Cass County by Don Henley
    Adult Contemporary. The Eagles founder returns to his country-rock roots on this star-studded record named after his Texas home.
  • Automatic by Kaskade
    EDM. A welcome return to form, the producer's ninth studio effort features smooth house and innovative production touches.
  • Allas Sak by Dungen
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The band's seventh album is another psych-folk-pop gem that focuses on songcraft and features tighter arrangements and softer instrumentation than usual.
  • Gates of Gold by Los Lobos
    Adult Alternative Pop/Rock. The 17th studio album from East L.A.'s greatest band finds them still exploring new directions and playing with style and authority.
  • Street Dogs by Widespread Panic
    American Trad Rock. On its first studio date in five years, the Georgia band records new material live from the floor with excellent results.
  • Live in Seattle by Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
    Contemporary Jazz. In concert with Randy Jacobs and Sweet Pea Atkinson, the saxophonist's musical wild side is on full, gritty, glorious display.
  • Uncovered by Shawn Colvin
    Adult Alternative Pop/Rock. Twenty-one years after her first covers album, Shawn Colvin returns with the quietly satisfying, slyly inventive Uncovered.
Sep 15, 2015 by eileenf

Released last month with very little fanfare, hip hop artist B.o.B’s fourth release alternates between irresistibly funky beats and sweet guitar melodies. Although B.o.B still breaks out the raps, his singing voice is beautifully on display on tracks such as “Violet Vibrato.” The artist described the album in a Twitter post, saying, "This body of work is more than music, it's an experience." It’s also been compared to some of his earlier mixtape works in his Bobby Ray persona. This offering lives up to his No Genre label - it’s eclectic and fresh. And be prepared to get these catchy confections stuck in your head; I’ve been jamming to “Back and Forth” since I first heard the album. Listen Now

Sep 4, 2015 by claytonc

Start your long weekend off with some brand new tunes, just released today. Happy Labor Day!

  • Yours, Dreamily by The Arcs
    Indie Rock. Atmospheric, soulful debut from Black Keys leader Dan Auerbach's side project the Arcs.
  • Freedom & Surrender by Lizz Wright
    Adult Contemporary R&B. Backed by a new label and a mostly new crop of collaborators, the eminently graceful vocalist and songwriter continues to fuse styles with ease.
  • 23 Live Sex Acts by Against Me!
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Urgent, sprawling, career-encompassing live album recorded in 2014 on the supporting tour for Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
  • Brahms: The Piano Concertos by Daniel Barenboim / Gustavo Dudamel
    Concerto.There is a sense of great variety powerfully unified throughout and Deutsche Grammophon delivers live sound that's just about as good as it gets.
  • Fauré & Strauss: Violin Sonatas by Emanuel Ax / Itzhak Perlman
    Chamber Music. Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax make their recording debut on Deutsche Grammophon as a duo with violin sonatas by Gabriel Fauré and Richard Strauss.
  • Oh Wonder (self-titled)
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Mellow, R&B-flecked keyboard/drum machine tunes crooned in unison by the male-female duo, the culmination of their song-a-month release project.
  • Carte Blanche by Martha Argerich
    Chamber Music. In general, for those who think big-name chamber concerts were a thing of the past, check this out.
  • A Walk in the Woods [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Pop/Rock, Folk, & Country. In addition to two guitar-led instrumentals from the film's composer, Nathan Larson, this soundtrack bears an alt-country/indie folk-centered collection of contemporary recordings from artists including Blake Mills, Dwight Yoakam, Great Lake Swimmers, and Shovels & Rope, most defined by five tunes from atmospheric, dusty trail-evoking indie folk band Lord Huron.
  • Got Your Six by Five Finger Death Punch
    Pop Rock / Metal. These arena headliners, with their unassailable reputation as guardians of heavy music’s finest meat and potatoes, bring their gruff charms with huge, chest-pummelling, melodic metal anthems.
Aug 28, 2015 by claytonc

Here are the top picks of what was released right at the tail end of August, 2015. These all dropped on Friday, 8/29. Click the links to listen to them right now from any computer, android, or apple mobile device. These are all available through hoopla, your free source for music, audiobooks, ebooks, movies, comics, and television shows. Never any waiting, never any late fees - Listen Now!

  • Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
    Alternative R&B. Abel Tesfaye's star-filled, drug-addled second proper LP is led by three sonically dissimilar singles that reached the Top Ten prior to its release.
  • Depression Cherry by Beach House
    Indie Rock. Combining Bloom's sophistication with the simplicity of their debut, the duo's fifth album demands and rewards close listening.
  • Start Here by Maddie & Tae
    Contemporary Country. Smart and sentimental, bright and lively, the debut from Maddie & Tae is a fresh, dynamic debut that captures the sound of modern country in 2015.
  • Cheers to the Fall by Andra Day
    Retro-Soul. Impressive ballad-heavy set of retro-soul made in collaboration with the likes of Adrian Gurvitz and Raphael Saadiq.
  • You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything: 1970-1975 by Faces
    Album Rock. A box set containing expanded editions of the four Faces albums, including a bunch of rarities not found on the Five Guys Walk into a Bar... box.
  • What Went Down by Foals
    New Wave/Post-Punk Revival. Yannis Philippakis pushes his voice harder than ever before on the persistently driving follow-up to Holy Fire.
  • Steep Canyon Rangers by Radio
    Bluegrass. Talented and youthful bluegrass upstarts add a percussionist and let their pop, country, and traditional influences mingle.
  • XXXX: Bad Magic by Motörhead
    Heavy Metal. After a bout with ill health, Lemmy rallies his troops and returns to the studio, bloody but unbowed, and as loud as ever.
  • Noctunes by Willis Earl Beal
    Alternative Singer/Songwriter. This meditation on the breakup of a marriage is the artist's most restrained yet emotionally complex recording.
  • Cranekiss by Tamaryn
    Shoegaze. Featuring members of Weekend and Violens, Tamaryn's third album is an arresting blend of the best dream pop and Top 40 singles of the late '80s and early '90s.
Aug 22, 2015 by junet

I’m eagerly awaiting Beirut’s next album No No No that comes out next month, but in the meantime re-absorbing all of Beirut’s older albums has been the perfect soundtrack to ending a summer day. Beirut’s leading man Zach Condon’s talent for various instruments, melodic compositions and soulful crooning makes each album delightfully rich and complex. Beirut’s debut album Gulag Orkestar remains one of my favorites, and it’s tracks like “Postcards from Italy” and “Elephant Gun” that inspires many a fan to pick up the ukulele. Equally as enjoyable is their latest album, Rip Tide. Check Our Catalog

Aug 18, 2015 by shaynem

"When you were young you were the king of carrot flowers." With these very words Jeff Mangum introduced the album that initiated a mass conversion of curmudgeony music critics into wide-eyed believers. In my opinion, what rests inside each and every one of the work's eleven tracks is nothing less than magic. Exactly what that magic is I do not know, but I wholeheartedly invite anyone willing to suspend their own cynicism to find out for themselves. Check Our Catalog

Aug 7, 2015 by claytonc

Here are the top albums released today, Friday, August 7 and available to listen to right now (thanks hoopla!)

  • Blood by Lianne La Havas
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. The follow-up to a Top Five U.K. debut goes for a bigger, bolder sound without glossing over the artist's singer/songwriter origin.
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 1 by Teenage Time Killers
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The debut from the powerhouse punk-metal supergroup led by My Ruin guitarist Mick Murphy and Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin.
  • At Least For Now by Benjamin Clementine
    Contemporary Singer/Songwriter. A poetic, theatrical, and deeply compelling debut from this London-based artist who cut his teeth as a street performer in Paris.
  • Five Crooked Lines by Finger Eleven
    Heavy Metal. Five Crooked Lines doesn't deviate too much from the band's post-grunge past, but it is built from more volatile stuff.
  • Shaun The Sheep Movie (soundtrack)
    Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Playful sometimes-folk, sometimes-orchestral score as well as collaborations with an Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist an English singer, and an English hip-hop duo.
  • Ricki And The Flash by Meryl Streep
    Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Songs from the film by the fictional band from the film led by Meryl Streep, including the original song Cold One written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice. Also included are songs by Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Henry Wolfe and the Feelies.
  • Kill The Lights by Luke Bryan
    Contemporary Country. Excels by being modern, as comfortable in the contours that lie between contemporary country and crossover as it is in workingmans' sports bars.
  • Black Cat by Never Shout Never
    Pop/Rock. The most mature and sonically sophisticated album to date from this eclectic collaborative rock outfit. Confessional emo-folk to arty psychedelic rock to punky dance-leaning pop.
Jul 28, 2015 by eileenf

From their site: “The particular sound and voice of The Lonesome Trio might be described as rootsy, bluegrass-ish, Americana, or even a little bit cowboy. But a more accurate description might be the peculiar mind meld of three old friends who've been through 22 years of life, love, loss, and laughter together, working it all out through raw and honest acoustic music.” The Lonesome Trio features actor Ed Helms, so if you’re a fan of The Office, you’re probably hearing Andy’s manic warbling along with his banjo picking at right this very moment. Keep that in mind before you decide to listen to this trio’s debut, self-titled album, because it’s Andy x3. These 12 original songs will be sure to get you up off your seat and foot stompin’ like Jed Clampett. Listen Now (with hoopla)

Jul 24, 2015 by claytonc

Every Friday brings new music releases that you can listen to immediately on your computer or mobile device (via hoopla). Here are highlights from the albums that were released on Friday, July 24. See the regularly updated list here:

  • Woman by Jill Scott
    Adult Contemporary R&B. So varied that it resembles a compilation, the singer and songwriter's fifth album nonetheless contains several of the year's best R&B cuts.
  • Bittersweet by Kasey Chambers
    Alt-Country. Australian singer and songwriter goes it (relatively) alone, and delivers a dozen great songs and heartfelt performances.
  • Ashes & Dust by Warren Haynes
    Americana. The Gov't Mule and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist indulges his singer/songwriter side in collaboration with Railroad Earth.
  • Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno
    Indie Pop. The ex-Pipette returns with a lovely solo album built on vintage synths and featuring dreamy songs inspired by sci-fi and sung in Welsh and Cornish.
  • Into by Vinyl Williams
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Relaxed inner space jams and soft rock gems, this time much more focused and hooky than on Williams' debut.
  • Subjective Concepts by Strange Wilds
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Fast, loud, and grimy debut album from these Olympia, Washington punks who threaten to bring back grunge and make you like it.
  • Holographic Violence by Grave Babies
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Third album from the Seattle-based goth group is a huge leap forward in terms of fidelity and production values. 
Jul 22, 2015 by claytonc

New music is now released every Friday. Here are the top albums that hit the street on July 17, 2015, that you can listen to right now (through our relationship with hoopla) as reviewed by :

Angels And Alcohol by Alan Jackson
Contemporary Country. A satisfyingly familiar collection of straight-ahead country from the old pro.

Born In The Echoes (Deluxe Edition) by The Chemical Brothers
Big Beat. Offering a winning mix of old and new, the big beat duo prove they can thrive in the age of EDM with this comeback LP.

Recreational Love by The Bird And The Bee
Alternative/Indie Rock. Witty, effervescent, and slyly sophisticated indie pop that trades in new wave but never succumbs to nostalgia.

White Reaper Does It Again by White Reaper
Garage Punk. On its debut album, the Kentucky garage punk band has hooks to spare, energy to burn, and a batch of knockout songs.

The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1977 by America
Contemporary Pop/Rock. A practical, no-frills clamshell box set celebrating the soft rock/folk-pop hitmakers' '70s heyday.

Hover by Fine Points
Indie Rock. Pastoral West Coast guitar pop with psych and shoegaze elements from members of Sleepy Sun.

Into The Deep (Deluxe Edition) by Galactic
Funk. Once again, Galactic deliver a NOLA that's as vibrant and forward-thinking as it is steeped in second-line tradition.

Father's Day by Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Modern Electric Blues. Veteran blues guitarist shows off his philosophical bent while proving his trademark mix of blues and jazz is as strong as ever.

Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful by Flo Morrissey
Alternative Singer/Songwriter. This debut is an atmospheric and earnest re-creation of the hazy trip of freak folk.

Jul 10, 2015 by junet

Woodkid’s Yoann Lemoine's sad, rich vocals are oh so soothing against a backdrop of dramatic orchestral storming. The swelling strings and crashing drums cultivate an atmosphere of urgency but not haste, and all at once his songs give a sense of deep adventure, nostalgia and longing.  A track that I can’t stop listening to is “Conquest of Spaces”. Equally as worthwhile is “Run boy run”, I love you”, and “Iron”. Something not to be missed while discovering the wizardry of Woodkid is the aesthetic of Woodkid’s music videos that complement the dramatic, cinematic essence of this album. Check Our Catalog or Listen Now.

Check out the music video for "Run boy run"!

Jul 7, 2015 by claytonc

Here are the top picks from the last week in June, as appraised by the editors at (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now.

This Friday will mark the kickoff of a brand new music release day. First announced last winter, starting July 10, new albums will now be released on Fridays (so much for looking foward to Tuesdays). Interested in learning more about this change? Check out this interesting article from fuse.

Now in our efforts to keep helping you find new things to love, here are the latest releases of note:

  • The Monsanto Years by Neil Young
    Album Rock. Backed by a younger, wilier band, Young rages against all the destructive forces in modern life.
  • Freedom by Refused
    Alternative/Indie Rock. On their first album in 18 years, the Swedish punks hit hard but sound as smart and imaginative as ever.
  • In Another Life by Bilal
    Alternative R&B. The soul dynamo's most stimulating work yet, produced entirely by psychedelic soul specialist Adrian Younge.
  • Broken Into Better Shape by Good Old War
    Alternative/Indie Rock. The Philly-based indie pop duo makes a bid for commercial glory on its fourth studio long-player.
  • Malta Bend by Stevie Stone
    Midwest Rap. Kevin Gates, Tech N9ne, and Ces Cru help the St. Louis rapper deliver this excellent biographical effort.
  • All Is Illusory by The Velvet Teen
    Alternative/Indie Rock. First album in nine years from this indie pop trio is vast, smart, carefully constructed, and too much for its own good.
  • Twin Danger by Twin Danger
    Contemporary Jazz. Sultry, noirish, jazz-influenced debut featuring vocalist Vanessa Bley and longtime Sade saxophonist/guitarist Stuart Matthewman.
  • James Horner: Pas de Deux by Mari Samuelsen and Hakon Samuelsen
    Concerto. Horner can hold his own, and listeners who imagine sun-drenched meadows while listening to Pas de Deux will have a very good time with it.
  • New Seasons - Glass, Pärt, Kancheli, Umebayashi by Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica
    Concerto. This may not be to the taste of all Glass lovers, but it's an unusual minimalist selection, performed to the Kremerata Baltica's usual sterling standards.
Jun 26, 2015 by claytonc

So much excellent new music coming out every week! Here are the top picks from the last couple weeks (June 16 and 23 to be precise), as appraised by the editors at (who also wrote the mini-reviews below). All links will take you to the relevant page on hoopla where you can listen to the music right now. Enjoy!

New on Tuesday, June 23:

  • Still (Deluxe Edition) by Richard Thompson
    British Folk-Rock. The British folk-rock icon goes into the studio with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who helps him sound just like himself.
  • Pageant Material by Kacey Musgraves
    Contemporary Country. Acclaimed country singer/songwriter digs deeper on her gorgeous second album.
  • Bones by Son Lux
    Post-Rock. Idiosyncratic rhythms, startling anthems, unsettling lyrics, and organic-mechanical timbres form a bold, inventive, unshakably dystopian-feeling LP.
  • Payola by Desaparecidos
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Socio-political punk rock anthems shot through with enough pure '70s power pop acumen to ignite every lighter in the Nippon Budokan.
  • Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
    Americana. After nearly three decades of marriage, this professional couple delivers a honey of debut album.
  • Ravel : Daphnis & Chloé, La Valse conducted by Philippe Jordan
    Ballet. Philippe Jordan and the Orchestra and Choirs of the Paris National Opera present Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé and La valse in sumptuous sound.

New on Tuesday, June 16:

  • Before This World by James Taylor
    Adult Contemporary. After a 13-year hiatus, the singer/songwriter begins to write originals again with this relaxed record.
  • The Original High (Deluxe Version) by Adam Lambert
    Pop. Reuniting with Max Martin and Shellback, the glam-disco singer creates a canny modern pop record.
  • Restless Ones by Heartless Bastards
    Alternative/Indie Rock. Erika Wennerstrom and her bandmates up their game in the studio on their fifth album, sounding especially authentic and powerful.
  • Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live At Capitol Studios)
    Contemporary Jazz. Reunited with his original acoustic trio, the pianist successfully grafts stylish pop and R&B song forms onto jazz.
  • Golden Moments by Jill Scott
    Adult Contemporary R&B. Smartly sequenced overview of the top-tier R&B artist's Hidden Beach albums, featuring all of her charting singles from the period.
  • Luminiferous by High On Fire
    Alternative Metal. After a three-year wait, the Bay Area trio come roaring back with an exquisite slab of power sludge.
Jun 24, 2015 by shaynem

My go-to gym soundtrack since its arrival this April, the new album by the formidable Providence duo is 48 minutes of lightning-quick (apologies) chaos that could put a pulse in an ice cream sundae.  Despite the album's breakneck speed, Lightning Bolt continue to distinguish themselves as being that rare species of artist who make their inability to decelerate constantly captivating.  Favorite tracks include, "The Metal East," "Horsepower," and "King of My World." Check Our Catalog

Here's the official music video for "The Metal East":

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