Here are the top picks from the last week in June, as appraised by the editors at allmusic.com  (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.