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  • What's New 4-12-24

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    Capitol

    Don’t Forget Me’s 10 brisk, lightly rocking songs evoke the radio-friendly pop-rock of early-2000s Sheryl Crow or Jewel while sometimes looking further back to ’70s soft rock a la Carole King. It’s a breezy, contemplative soundtrack for the open road that captures the freedom of hitting the pavement and the dizziness of moving on.

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    Tankcrimes

    Lifeless Birth is a vision of what metal can be and do in 2024. It tears down old barriers and keeps those traditional elements that make it stronger while pivoting fluidly between technical intricacy, progressive poise and all-out brutality. Necrot continue their ascent to the forefront of American aural extremity.

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    Virgin Music

    Through an inimitable voice that the New York Times touts as, "a smooth, dark alto possessed of qualities you might associate with barrel-aged bourbon or butter-soft leather," acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright sings with a soaring reflection of the cultural fabric of America.

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    Blue Note

    One Deep River offers an unstoppable flow of future Knopfler (Dire Straits) classics, with their customarily learned lyrics and refined guitar textures. They draw on a lifetime of genre-crossing ingredients and influences in blues, folk, rock and beyond, and as usual, reveal their charms with unhurried grace and depth.

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-12-24

    Maggie Rogers - Dont Forget Me

    Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me - Capitol

    Don’t Forget Me:

    01 It Was Coming All Along
    02 Drunk
    03 So Sick of Dreaming
    04 The Kill
    05 If Now Was Then
    06 I Still Do
    07 On & On & On
    08 Never Going Home
    09 All the Same
    10 Don’t Forget Me

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    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive

    Mark Knopfler - One Deep River - Blue Note

    One Deep River offers an unstoppable flow of future Knopfler classics, with their customarily learned lyrics and refined guitar textures. They draw on a lifetime of genre-crossing ingredients and influences in blues, folk, rock and beyond, and as usual, reveal their charms with unhurried grace and depth.

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    Tyler Hubbard - Strong

    Tyler Hubbard - Strong - EMI Nashville

    With more than 1 billion streams as a solo artist and two back-to-back #1 singles, Tyler Hubbard's sophomore solo album, Strong, features 13 brand-new songs, including "Back Then Right Now," "Turn" and "Wish You Would."

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Beyoncé - COWBOY CARTER [2 LP]

    Noah Kahan - Stick Season (We'll All Be Here Forever) [Black Ice 3 LP]

    Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch - All of Us Strangers (Original Motion Picture Score) [LP]

    Harold Land - The Fox [Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series LP]

    Helenor - A public place [LP]

    Leyla McCalla - Sun Without The Heat [LP]

    Aaron Lee Tasjan - Stellar Evolution [LP]

    Necrot - Lifeless Birth [Violet Purple LP]

    Willie Colon - La Gran Fuga / The Big Break [180g LP]

    Belmont - Liminal [Indie Exclusive Electric Blue & Violet Pinwheel LP]

    girl in red - I’M DOING IT AGAIN BABY! [Standard LP]

    BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - Ghost Stories [LP]

    Shabaka - Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace [LP]

    Nia Archives - Silence Is Loud [LP]

    Linkin Park - Papercuts [Indie Exclusive Black & Red Splatter]

    James - Yummy [Marbled Red LP]

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Pearl Jam - Dark Matter

    Pearl Jam - Dark Matter - Republic Records


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  • What's New 4-5-24

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    Verve

    An album that speaks to “the grand sadness in life,” Revelator finds Houck further mastering his unique blend of ragged, experiment-y classicism intertwined with ethereal, lachrymose atmospherics. Houck sings from a woozy, worn headspace, but leads us to a place where dreams and reality mingle.

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    Columbia

    The second album since the departure of in-house expert Rostam Bastmanglij, Only God Was Above Us feels like a record made by a band once more comfortable in their skin while throwing in some pleasing new tricks. It’s a bold exploration of new sonic and lyrical territories, striking a balance between gritty realism and enduring hope.

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    New West Records

    Joe Pernice has been writing for a long time—most of his life, in fact—and has crafted a remarkable catalog that boldly reinterprets and recasts classic American pop. Who Will You Believe may be his most moving and nuanced album yet, showcasing a beautiful balance between sadness and moments of solemnity with warm humor and camaraderie.

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    City Slang

    Much of Sinkane's previous releases, it resists genre. It's pop. It's funk. It's electronic. It blends the gritty punk newness of a 70s and 80s New York with the steady, foundational soul of the rhythms of his native Sudan. It moves and travels through worlds and eras, through emotion and healing in, as Gallab puts it, his "love letter to Black music.”

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    Nonesuch

    While making Ohio Players, The Black Keys were also DJing dance parties in cities around the world, spinning 45s from their own eclectic and growing collections. The spirit of those parties infused Ohio Players’ DNA. “What we wanted to accomplish with this record was make something that was fun,” says Patrick Carney.

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    Rounder

    With her sophomore album Mantras, Pruitt looks inward to explore such matters as gender identity, self-compassion or the lack thereof, and the struggle for peace in times of chaos and uncertainty—ultimately arriving at a body of work that speaks to the strength in undoing harmful self-beliefs and fully living your truth.

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    Strngr Recordings

    Sonically bold and ambitious, fiercely literate and imagistic, these songs dance around their theme, flowing through peaks and troughs of fervent psych-pop. It’s the singular work of a group of musicians whose confidence and abilities have not only scaled the heights of their ambitions but outstripped them. Luck has little to do with it.

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    Metal Blade

    On The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams, Ingested expand its creativity without sacrificing the ferocity that make it one of the most impressively destructive, technical death metal bands on the scene. This is proof that once Ingested sniff out a trail of musical blood, they ravenously follow it until they've uncovered a festering feast.

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  • New Release Round-Up 04-05-24

    The Black Keys

    The Black Keys - Ohio Players

    Ohio Players is The Black Keys’ fourth album in five years, a momentum with a simple explanation, Auerbach says: “We never stopped recording.” There was his and Carney’s reunion, after a five-year hiatus, on 2019’s "Let’s Rock”, then the 2021 blast of Mississippi-hill-country covers, Delta Kream. A rapid-fire follow-up of new originals, 2022’s Dropout Boogie, featured the duo working with outside writers for the first time: Greg Cartwright of Memphis rockers Reigning Sound and Angelo Petraglia, who has worked with Kings of Leon and the teenage Taylor Swift. (Cartwright and Petraglia are back for Ohio Players too.)
    “We'd never worked harder to make a record,” Dan Auerbach says. “It's never taken us this long to make an album. We took our time and did it right.”
     
    “What we wanted to accomplish with this record was make something that was fun,” Patrick Carney says. “And something that most bands 20 years into their career don’t make, which is an approachable, fun record that is also cool.”
    While making Ohio Players, a title inspired by the legendary Dayton, OH funk band of the same name, The Black Keys were also DJing dance parties in cities around the world that they called “record hangs,” spinning 45s from their own eclectic and growing collections. Mojo reports, “The spirit of those parties infused the album’s DNA. ‘That’s been the fun of it,’ [says] Auerbach. ‘Letting go a little bit.’” 

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    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive

    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive

    On her most ambitious album yet, No One Gets Out Alive, singer-songwriter Maggie Rose proves she’s a true original. Though the electrifying record is her fourth release, in many ways it feels like her first. No One Gets Out Alive is a knockout career game-changer. Filled with deeply intimate, relatable songs that showcase her masterful storytelling, the album showcases her soulful, powerful voice and pulls you in immediately. Unencumbered by genre, No One Gets Out Alive reflects Maggie’s varied influences including rock, soul, Americana, pop and folk, all colliding for a deeply satisfying listen. Maggie Rose inhabits her music and distills it into something all her own. With unflinching honesty, she does everything authentically and completely.

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    Phosphorescent - Revelator

    Phosphorescent - Revelator

    Revelator is an album that speaks to “the grand sadness in life” perennial Phosphorescent subject matter, by Matthew Houck’s estimation. In some ways, Revelator extends seamlessly from the story begun by Muchacho and continued by C’est La Vie. It finds Houck further mastering his unique blend of ragged, experiment-y classicism intertwined with ethereal, lachrymose atmospherics. Across Revelator, Houck sings from a woozy, worn headspace,
    but leads us to a place where dreams and reality mingle.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Tori Kelly - TORI. [LP]

    Conan Gray - Found Heaven (Blk) [Colored Vinyl] (Post) (Red) [Indie Exclusive]

    Old 97’s - American Primitive [Green LP]

    Vampire Weekend - Only God Was Above Us [Indie Exclusive Alternative Cover]

    Niall Horan - The Show: The Encore [Red & Gold 2 LP]

    Lil Dicky - PENITH (The Dave Soundtrack) [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Sea Blue / Baby Blue 2LP]

    Katie Pruitt - Mantras [LP]

    Grace Cummings - Ramona [Gold LP]

    Pernice Brothers - Who Will You Believe [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear Autographed LP]

    Khruangbin - A LA SALA [Limited Edition Soleil LP]

    Nick Finzer - Legacy

    Luca D'Alberto - In Our Hearts [LP]

    Tony Rice - Church Street Blues [LP]

    Ol' Gorilla Bones - Revenge Vol. 2 [LP]

    Kyle Kimbrell - Easy Truths [LP]

    Palace - Ultrasound [Limited Edition Red LP]

    Lo Moon - I Wish You Way More Than Luck [Indie Exclusive Onyx LP]

    Celine Dion - MY LOVE Essential Collection [LP]

    No Doubt - The Singles 1992-2003 [2 180g LP]

    Mike Post - Message from the Mountains & Echoes of the Delta [CD]

    Wine Lips - Super Mega Ultra [Indie Exclusive Electric Yellow LP]

    Iron Monkey - SPLEEN AND GOAD [LP]

    The Libertines - All Quiet On The Eastern Esplanade [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Clear LP]

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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Maggie Rogers - Dont Forget Me

    Maggie Rogers - Don't Forget Me - Capitol

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    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive

    Mark Knopfler - One Deep River - Blue Note


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    Tyler Hubbard - Strong

    Tyler Hubbard - Strong - EMI Nashville

    Phosphorescent - Revelator

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  • What's New 3-29-24

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    ATO

    In the making of Notebook Fantasy, Chicano Batman worked with producer John Congleton (Erykah Badu, Death Cab For Cutie, St. Vincent) to double down on their hyper-creative tendencies and visionary impulses, discovering new dimensions of their prismatic music while infusing the lyrics with an unflinching honesty.

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    Wichita Recordings

    With nods to their earlier work, Ride’s 7th album contains some of the best songs they have ever written. It is a record in the old-school sense, a rich listen that flows from start to finish, at times urgent and formidable, at others wistful and melancholic. It’s a record about perseverance, sticking together, finding a way forward.

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    New West Records

    After two stellar albums co-produced by Brandi Carlile, the sisters assume production duties for the first time alongside John Paul White and Ben Tanner, crafting an uncluttered setting for their gentle folk-pop songs. Marked by insightful compassion and unflinching honesty, Mind, Man, Medicine feels like one vivid chapter in a gripping saga.

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    Abeyance Records

    That gorgeous voice of Shook, with its both hard and tender edge, full of experience and wisdom, is still much in evidence as it veers between world-weariness and hope, and the music is more polished and complex, whilst losing none of its hard edge. Revelations is an excellent entry into the canon of their work.

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    Yep Roc

    The Americana pioneer’s new album reconceptualizes the songs of Escovedo’s storied career. Songs range from his short-lived rock quartet Buick MacKane, rarities from his ‘80s alt-country outfit The True Believers, to the celebrated songs of his solo discography from his debut album all the way to his most recent sprawling masterpiece, The Crossing.

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    Bloodshot

    "I view my albums as collages, combining elements from punk, metal, blues, country, and bluegrass," explains Biram. With The One & Only, the singer once again proves to be an unstoppable force of unapologetic style and demonstrates his unique ability to live up to the traditions of rough-hewn, individualistic Texas-borne music.

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    Rise Records

    After calling it a day after 27 years together, Sum 41 will release a sprawling swan song of an album. The Heaven side pays homage to their earliest pop-punk days and the bands that inspired them, while Hell leans – literally – more heavily into the band’s metal influences. This is, without any shadow of a doubt, the album of their career. What a way to leave.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-29-24

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    Odetta Hartman - Swansongs

    Odetta Hartman - TRANSGRESSIVE

    New York singer-songwriter Odetta Hartman's 2015 debut mini-LP 222 and 2018's Old Rockhounds Never Die, saw her touring her unique performance style - part Jack White rock and roll folk blues, part electronic experimentations - with the likes of Let's Eat Grandma, Cosmo Sheldrake and Skullcrusher. Odetta's long-awaited second album, Swansongs, showcases her strongest set of songs to date. Another fever dream of a record, it includes the experimental pop of "Goldilocks", the dramatic string lead "Dr No." and her radical re-working of the traditional "Motherless Child"; first made famous by her namesake Odetta. Equally inspired by AG Cook's Apple and New Orleans traditional jazz, the musical mixology of these songs spans various genres of folk, americana, pop, punk, soul, ambient and spiritual. Lyrically, it tenders the tension of two truths in opposition through it's inquisition of the interplay between fear and desire. Dichotomy is at the heart of this deep exploration into shadow work, mythological musings, healing frequencies, eclectic expressions, and the art of sculpted sound. Swansongs is a dynamic and powerful reflection of love and ambition; hopeful, energetic and at times chaotic but always captivating.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Shabazz Palaces - Robed In Rareness [Ruby LP]

    Sum 41 - Heaven :x: Hell [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Quad w/Blue Splatter 2LP]

    Serpentwithfeet - GRIP [Clear LP]

    Sheryl Crow - Evolution [Color LP]

    Chastity Belt - Live Laugh Love [Cloudy LP]

    Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Revelations [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange & Black Swirl LP]

    Alejandro Escovedo - Echo Dancing [Gold 2LP]

    Ride - Interplay [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 2LP]

    Aaron Lewis - The Hill [Coke Bottle Clear LP]

    CNTS - Thoughts & Prayers [Orange LP]

    The Secret Sisters - Mind, Man, Medicine [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Jade, Autographed LP]

    Shabazz Palaces - Exotic Birds Of Prey [Translucent White LP]

    Johnny Lytle - People & Love [LP]

    Chicano Batman - Notebook Fantasy [Clear LP]

    Ron Carter, Mal Waldron, Eric Dolphy - Where? [Original Jazz Classics Series LP]

    Tom Ze - Todos os Olhos [LP]

    Coffins - Sinister Oath [Oxblood LP]

    j-hope (BTS) - HOPE ON THE STREET VOL.1 [VER.1 PRELUDE]

    j-hope (BTS) - HOPE ON THE STREET VOL.1 [VER.2 INTERLUDE]

    Catfish And The Bottlemen - Showtime [White 7]

    Jaguar Sun - For You [LP]

    Blu DeTiger - All I Ever Want Is Everything


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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive

    Maggie Rose - No One Gets Out Alive - Big Loud Records


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    Phosphorescent - Revelator

    Phosphorescent - Revelator - Verve

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  • Now Hear This! – April 2024

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  • What's New 3-22-24

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    Rounder

    One of the brightest young luminaries in roots music today, Sierra Ferrell brings a dose of beautifully strange magic to everything she touches. On her new album Trail Of Flowers, Ferrell expands her sound while deepening the urgency of her songs, often revealing a wealth of wisdom within her wildly imaginative storytelling.

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    Capitol

    Through her signature brand of pop on In Search Of…, Fletcher shares the different realizations, ego deaths, personal rebirths that encompass what it means to be on a true soul search. She shows both the beauty and brutality of what it means to be a human being on an ever-evolving quest back to one's own heart.

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    Century Media

    From the trap-metal inspired beats and crushing metalcore riffing that opens the album’s title track to the disquieting melodies of elegiac closer “Helena Drive”, Hollywood Suicide is a perfect snapshot of an artist finding himself, crawling from his own personal wreckage against a crumbling, mythical Californian milieu.

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    Late August Records

    Change The Game marks a new chapter for Jinks as he is new self-managed with his own completely-independent team. Jinks puts forth his signature outlaw country sound throughout while showcasing artistic maturity as he delves into sobriety, the realities of life on the road and the need for redemption and accountability.

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    Yep Roc

    All My Friends is inspired by women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th amendment. The music is expansive with orchestral arrangements, choral vocals and a variety of instruments that create a sonic soundscape beyond anything Aoife has done in the past. Featuring Anaïs Mitchell, Sierra Hull, and the San Francisco Girls Choir.

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    4AD

    On Bright Future, Lenker, a songwriter known for turns of phrase and currents of rhyme, says it plainly, "you have my heart // i want it back." Admirers of Adrianne's solo music and Big Thief will find her reliable talent captured in stunning, magnetic clarity– her vocal flights at times outwitting gravity, then landing, guiding along an earthly path.

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    Flying Cloud Recordings

    With a wide-open recording approach, this is Evian’s best album to date: a cathartic rock record that melds power pop, iridescent guitar, raucous psychedelia, and Sam’s now sought-after grooves. The music is both fresh and familiar, sonically inspired by his penchant for early 70s production and propelled by a free-spirited process, as well as his urge to let go.

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    Century Media

    A profound exploration of existential paradoxes and cosmic fear, Unextinct weaves a narrative tapestry of technical death metal, where the divine horror of numinous life intersects with humanity's futile sovereignty. This is not just music; it's a philosophical inquiry set to the relentless cadence of death metal, inviting us to ponder the "Mysterium Tremendum" of life itself.

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    Napalm Records

    Renowned for their masterful, unparalleled and lightning-fast signature guitar solos that influenced a whole genre, and epic compositions that expand the boundaries of extreme power metal, Dragonforce explore a wider range of varying musical styles than ever before, evolving their sound throughout Warp Speed Warriors.

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    Sub Pop

    There’s something about growing up in punk and DIY spaces that puts collaboration in Boeckner’s blood. Composed of a collection of intimately familiar elements, Boeckner! elicits the same thrill of young passion and discovery. It’s a jet-powered chase through a tech-noir cityscape—fueled by a dream and that special someone in the passenger seat.

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    Silver Arrow Records

    Some may say the project has been several tumultuous years in the making, but we argue it's arriving at just the right time. The Black Crowes are biting back with the angst of words left unsaid reveling in stripped, bare-boned rock & roll. No gloss, no glitter, just rhythm and blues at it's very best - gritty, loud, and in your face.

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    Century Media

    With over thirty years of active, nefarious service under their spikes and bulletbelts, Necrophobic are undisputed legends of the death and black metal scene. On their 10th studio album, In the Twilight Grey, the Swedish metal masters are taking an even deeper plunge into the shadowy abyss with more monstrously dramatic and destructive tunes.

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    Metal Blade

    Midnight bring their own hook-laden blend of Motörhead, Venom, speed metal, street punk, and a tinge of black metal to give it that extra taste of evil. If you like barked vocals, catchy riffs, and d-beat drums, hop in! As the band so perfectly put it on the opening track of their 2020 album, Rebirth by Blasphemy: “Fucking speed and darkness!!!”

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    Century Media

    Written with a no-limit mindset, where creativity and known genre rituals were given equal footing, Fragments of the Ageless is not just a definitive death metal showpiece, but an evolution of the genre going deeper, darker and to the edges of brutality . Death metal’s not dead. It’s never been deadlier!

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    ATO Records

    On their full-length debut, Friko sustain the combustible energy of their break-out single “Crimson To Chrome,” merging elements of post-punk, chamber-pop and experimental rock, magnifying their music’s exhilarating power with a barrage of spirited ensemble vocals. Poetic, explosive, and sublimely raw in feeling.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-22-24

    The Vaccines - Pick-Up Full Of Pink Carnations

    Fletcher - In Search Of The Antidote - Fletcher/Snapback Entertainment

    FLETCHER returns with her sophomore album In Search Of The Antidote, detailing the journey of finding the antidote in life and the many forms it can take. Through singles like “Eras Of Us”, “Lead Me On” and more, FLETCHER shares the different realizations, ego deaths & personal rebirths, and more, that encompass what it means to be on a true soul search, and all the ups and downs that come with it. She bares all, showing both the beauty and brutality of what it means to be a human being on an ever-evolving quest back to one's own heart.


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    Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood - Anti

    One of the hardest working singer-songwriters in the game is named Katie Crutchfield. She was born in Alabama, grew up near Waxahatchee Creek. Skipped town and struck out on her own as Waxahatchee. That was over a decade ago. Crutchfield says she never knew the road would lead her here, but after six critically acclaimed albums, she's never felt more confident in herself as an artist. While her sound has evolved from lo-fi folk to lush alt-tinged country, her voice has always remained the same. Honest and close, poetic with Southern lilting. Much like Carson McCullers's Mick Kelly, determined in her desires and convictions, ready to tell whoever will listen.

    And after years of being sober and stable in Kansas City - after years of sacrificing herself to her work and the road - Crutchfield has arrived at her most potent songwriting yet. On her new album, Tigers Blood, Crutchfield emerges as a powerhouse - an ethnologist of the self - forever dedicated to revisiting her wins and losses. But now she's arriving at revelations and she ain't holding them back. Produced by Brad Cook, the album features MJ Lenderman, Phil Cook, and Spencer Tweedy.



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    Aoife O'Donovan - All My Friends - Yep Roc Records

    LP pressed on Opaque Yellow vinyl and includes an autographed insert! The follow-up to Aoife O'Donovan's 3x Grammy nominated album, Age of Apathy, All My Friends is based around a collection of songs Aoife wrote, inspired by women’s suffrage and the passage of the 19th amendment. The music is expansive with orchestral arrangements, choral vocals and a variety of instruments that create a sonic soundscape beyond anything Aoife has done in the past. Special guests include Anaïs Mitchell, Sierra Hull, The Westerlies, The Knights and the San Francisco Girls Choir.


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    Charlie Parr - Little Sun - SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS

    Over the last couple of decades, Charlie Parr has crisscrossed the world on tour more times than one can count. He also has released over a dozen albums of his songs, acclaimed for their poetic simplicity. Little Sun, his most ambitious album to date, was recorded with Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket) and features Parr augmenting his raw and affecting songs with stunning full-band arrangements. The remarkable backing band here includes Marisa Anderson, Victor Krummenacher, Andrew Borger, and Asher Fulero. Masterfully channeling the philosophical and transcendental qualities of the blues, Parr takes us on a journey through the winding streets of his imagination.


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    Gary Clark Jr. - JPEG RAW - Warner

    Gary Clark Jr.’s forthcoming album entitled JPEG RAW, his fourth studio release,
    marks a grand step in his musical evolution…. A powerful and expansive artistic statement.

    While retaining the deep and true resonance of his blues foundations and guitar virtuosity with subtlety yet conviction, he reaches well beyond this time.

    The emphasis here is on song and studio craft without losing the rawness of his young legend. (Rolling Stone Magazine called him, The Chosen One).

    The music is dense and adventurous with a more cohesive synthesis of his eclectic musical  palette.  Hip samples, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Boy Williamson decorate flourishes of African,  World Music, even Jazz while merging with blues , rock, R&B and rap; familiar areas he has ventured before, this time with more unity forging a fresh new style.  Clark’s lyrics are  pointed, deeply personal, outspoken and socially conscious with occasional forays into  rap and spoken word from Clark himself.  The sonics are immersive verging on modern groove-oriented psychedelia with hip-hop driven beats in verses giving way to anthemic choruses, rich with power-chording and wide fuzz riffage.

    Songs like “Maktub”, “JPEG RAW”, “This Is Who We Are”, “Hyperwave” and the epic 10-minute Habits, break fresh ground defying categorization in the ever corporatized, predictable “alt” music world.  The co-written Stevie Wonder duet, “What About The Children” feels like an immediate classic that could have lived on Innervisions or Talking Book if not for Clark’s fuzzed out riff and hip-hop pocket.

    Clark has always had swagger and sex in his sound and very dangerous hands when wielding 6 strings. JPEG RAW is all of that and breaks new ground that is both thrilling and inspiring on every level.



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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    Tipper - Forward Escape [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition 2LP]    
    Leaves' Eyes - Myths Of Fate [Limited Edition Blue/Black Splatter LP]    
    Andre 3000 - New Blue Sun [Limited Edition 3LP]    
    Palaye Royale - Boom Boom Room (Side A) [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Bone + Transparent Purple w/Black + White Splatter 2LP]    
    Logic1000 - Mother [2LP]    
    The Staves - All Now [LP]    
    Cody Jinks - Change The Game [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Mineral 2LP]    
    Misfits - Collection 1 [RSD Essential Glow-In-The-Dark LP]    
    Keith Hudson     - Pick A Dub [RSD Essential Black Ice 2LP]    
    Yellowman - Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt [RSD Essential Lemonade LP]    
    The Osborne Brothers - From Rocky Top to Muddy Bottom [RSD Essential Indie Colorway Denim Blue LP]    
    Alphaville, German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, and Andreas Köhler - A Night At The Philharmonie Berlin [2CD/DVD]    
    USA Nails - Feel Worse [Limited Edition White LP]    
    Julia Holter - Something in the Room She Moves [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Calder Red 2LP]
    LXVNDR x Tachichi - Found Money [LP]    
    Bright & Black - The Album [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black/White Splatter 2 LP]    
    Sam Evian - Plunge [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clearwater Blue LP]    
    Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies [LP]    
    Thee Sinseers - Sinseerly Yours - Turquoise [Colored Vinyl]    
    The Rose - DUAL [Red LP]    
    Bendigo Fletcher - Two Things At Once [Indie Exclusive Baby Pink LP]    
    The Jesus And Mary Chain - Glasgow Eyes [Deluxe Clear 2LP]    
    Tyla - TYLA [LP]    
    Junior Marvin - Happy Family
    Dylan Gossett - No Better Time [EP]
    Kenny Chesney - Born
    Adrianne Lenker - Bright Future [Colored Vinyl] [Indie Exclusive]
    Shakira - Mujeres Ya No Lloran [Clear Vinyl]

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  • What's New 3-15-24

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    Interscope

    Rolling acoustic guitars, puffy clouds of strings and synth, warm bass punctuations, layered harmonies, moments of Celtic melody and plenty of room for Musgraves’ silvery vocals. On Deeper Well, the songstress surveys her life and priorities, recognizing what feeds her, drains her and even examines the childhood she’s left behind on her way to now.

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    Napalm Records

    Higher Power strobes with brilliance and fervent energy throughout, succeeding as a real-time journey traversing themes of loss, frustration, betrayal and near defeat while accenting Stapp’s quintessential vocal delivery. It’s 10 unforgettable tracks of radio-ready anthems, introspective ballads, undeniable metal bangers and heavy rock triumphs.

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    Interscope

    With collaborations with Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Lil Yachty, Tierra has become a force to be reckoned with. On her highly anticipated debut album, World Wide Whack, Tierra collaborates with fellow Philly native, conceptual artist, Alex Da Corte, on the visuals, artwork and creative elements of this album.

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    Blue Note

    Recorded around Lloyd’s 85th birthday concert, this majestic body of work presents 15 Lloyd originals, new and reimagined. The double-album finds one of the most significant musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries still at the peak of his powers. Featuring legendary saxophonist joined by pianist Jason Moran, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade.

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  • New Release Round-Up 03-15-24

    Kacey Musgraves - Deeper Well

    Kacey Musgraves - Deeper Well - Interscope Records/MCA Nashville

    The music on Deeper Well, the seven-time Grammy winner’s fifth album, is almost chimeric. Rolling acoustic guitars, puffy clouds of strings and synth, warm bass punctuations, layered harmonies, moments of Celtic melody and plenty of room on the tracks for Musgraves’ silvery vocals. On the bright, almost folky title track, the 30-something songstress surveys her life and priorities, recognizing what feeds her, drains her and even examines the childhood she’s left behind on her way to now.

    Saturn returns, cardinals embody a dead friend, love is given and taken, streets rush by, belongings are packed and old chapters deserted, new love blooms, jade bracelets serve as talismans, deep lessons emerge, small details define everything, the woods are a refuge and New York City serves as the same gleaming beacon as Oz.

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    ALSO OUT THIS WEEK

    The Black Crowes - Happiness Bastards [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

    The Dandy Warhols - Rockmaker [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Black & Clear Color-In-Color LP]

    Boeckner - Boeckner! [Limited Edition Orange LP]

    Firewind - Stand United [Limited Edition Trans Natural/Black Marble LP]

    Deadmau5 - > album title goes here < [Transparent Light Blue 2LP]

    Noah Kahan - Cape Elizabeth [Aqua 12]

    Tierra Whack - WORLD WIDE WHACK [Limited Edition Baby Blue LP]

    21 Savage - american dream [2LP]

    Muna - Saves The World [LP]

    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - Everything I Thought It Was [LP]

    Joe Henderson - Power To The People [Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series LP]

    DRAGONFORCE - Warp Speed Warriors [LP]

    Eliza Mclamb - Going Through It [CD]

    Scott Stapp - Higher Power [Solid Viola LP]

    Alliance - Alliance

    Gouge Away - Deep Sage [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Baby Blue / Black Mix LP]

    Spoken - Reflection [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Ocean Floor 2 LP]

    John Smith - The Living Kind [LP]

    Necrophobic - In the Twilight Grey [LP]

    Justin Moore - Greatest Hits [Red Smoke LP]

    Charles Lloyd - The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow [2 LP]

    Barbara Mandrell - Precious Memories: 20 Hymns and Gospel Classics

    Pillar - One Love Revolution [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Flaming Orange LP]

    CAKE - Pressure Chief [LP]

    Coil - Moon's Milk (In Four Phases) [Transparent Orange 3LP]

    Bas - We Only Talk About Real Shit When We're Fucked Up [Transparent Red 2 LP]

    Brat - Social Grace [White w/ Pink Splatter LP]

    Brian Scarborough - We Need The Wind

    Shelly Manne & His Men - At The Black Hawk, Vol. 1 [Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series LP]




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    For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section.

    UPCOMING RELEASES

    The Vaccines - Pick-Up Full Of Pink Carnations

    Fletcher - In Search Of The Antidote - Fletcher/Snapback Entertainment

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    Kali Uchis - Orquídeas

    Waxahatchee - Tigers Blood - Anti

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    Kali Uchis - Orquídeas

    Aoife O'Donovan - All My Friends - Yep Roc Records

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    Kali Uchis - Orquídeas

    Charlie Parr - Little Sun - SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS

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    Kali Uchis - Orquídeas

    Gary Clark Jr. - JPEG RAW - Warner

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  • What's New 3-8-24

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    Republic

    Grande is no stranger to the evolution of sound, constantly redefining pop music. With Eternal Sunshine, she's poised to embark on her most ambitious journey yet by plunging headfirst into house music. Collaboration with the legendary Max Martin further assures that her newest will not only feature her signature vocal prowess but also innovative production.

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    Capitol/Blue Note

    A vibrant and joyous 12-song set that finds Jones singing about feeling free, wanting to dance, making it right, and acceptance of what life brings. It’s the yang to the yin that was Pick Me Up Off The Floor, Jones’ last album released early in the pandemic lockdown of 2020 and foreshadowed many of the dark emotions of that period.

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    Lightning Rod Records

    Taj adds to his legendary legacy with an extraordinary set recorded at the Tulsa studio best known as the home base of the late, great Leon Russell. The ten songs reach across multiple genres that he has explored in his incomparable career: country blues, reggae, R&B, Cajun, Caribbean, gospel, jazz and Hawaiian slack-key.

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    Epic

    Fast-paced and heavy but with the traditional feel that has made Judas Priest the 50-year Metal institution they are, Invincible Shield is an album that should delight their army of fans, encourage the curious new wave, and hopefully provide a few new classics on their forthcoming tour.

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    Water Tower Music/gamma.

    Boasting an ensemble cast like no other - Fantasia's soulful melodies, Taraji B. Henson's emotive depth, Colman Domingo's captivating energy, Danielle Brooks' powerful resonance, H.E.R's contemporary artistry, and Hallie Bailey's radiant vocals promises an auditory experience that's both deeply nostalgic and refreshingly new.

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