This is White Lies’ most melodic album. The deep baritone of lead singer Harry McVeigh echoes and the driving guitars reverberate throughout each song. Bassist Charles Cave has said that the album follows a story of a couple who leave a provincial area for a big city and, according to Cave, a recurring theme is the idea of equality in a relationship. Matt Collar of AllMusic wrote that White Lies "sound even more engaged and clear-eyed than on the ambitious, stylized Ritual," and they "combine the urgent passions of their debut with the conceptual ambitions of their sophomore effort and by doing so, make the best album of their career." I heartily recommend this British post-punk/indie rock band. Listen Now 
Find the perfect soundtrack for your Halloween party or re-discover an old favorite that has been remixed, remastered, or completely re-interpreted. Some great new music droped today - enjoy!
- Paper Wheels  by Trey Anastasio
Alternative/Indie Rock. A warm, sunny, and rhythmic album that easily conjures memories of mid-'70s Dead.
- Astral Weeks  [Remastered & Expanded] by Van Morrison
Album Rock. This remastered and expanded edition added extra takes of "Beside You" and "Madame George," and longer versions of "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider."
- So Familiar  by Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
Progressive Bluegrass. The second collaboration between Steve Martin and Edie Brickell is every bit as elegant and charming as the first.
- We Love Disney 2015  by Various Artists including Ne-Yo, Jason Derulo, Gwen Steani, Ariana Grande, Fall Out Boy, Rascal Flatts, ane more
Pop. A collection of fun and pleasing covers of Disney classics by some of 2015's best contemporary talent.
- The Dongo Durango  by Sun Club
Indie Pop. Recorded mostly live in the studio, the Baltimore band's infectious debut launches bright, surfy pop with a colorful, punk-edged spin.
- Ravel  by Yuja Wang
Keyboard. Yuja Wang is best known for playing Russian piano concertos, but her all-French album reveals her talents in a different light.
- Love Saves the Day  by G. Love & Special Sauce
Alternative Pop/Rock. A guest-heavy party record that underscores the eclecticism of G. Love & Special Sauce.
- Make America Psycho Again  by Fall Out Boy
Alternative/Indie Rock. Last year's American Beauty gets a complete hip hop remix with lots of guest stars, including Migos, A$AP Ferg, Azealia Banks, Wiz Khalifa, and more.
- Now That's What I Call Music, Vol. 56 
Dance-Pop, Pop-Rap, Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, and Country-Pop. The 56th edition of the popular series serves as a snapshot of the summer of 2015 in mainstream popular music, including huge hits from pop titans, fan favorites, and up-and-comers.
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.
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 
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.
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.
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.
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 
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.
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 
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.
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.
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 
"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 
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.
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)
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.
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 AllMusic.com . :
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.
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"!
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.