About Group _ Start & Complete
Bold, eccentric indie rockers mix traditional songwriting with wild sounds and effeminate male vocals. See "Lay Me Down," "There's A Way To End This Run Of Doubt."
Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You _ And On and On…
Grindcore band via Springfield Mass shares a guitarist with Pig Destroyer.
**Airborne Toxic Event _ All At Once
LA rock band's sophomore effort of arena-sized indie tunes is not to be missed. See "Changing," "All I Ever Wanted, "Strange Girl."
**An Horse _ Walls
Australian indie-rock duo sound like a faster, brighter version of Wye Oak. See "Trains And Tracks," "Walls," "Leave Me."
Armor for the Broken _ The Black Harvest
Hardcore with bursts of melody from one of the South's premier labels, NC's Tragic Hero.
Augustana _ Augustana
Cali emo band channels John Mellencamp on their fourth record. Straightforward American pop/rock tunes.
Bill Frisell and 858 Quartet _ Sign of Life
Progressive, adventurous jazz/folk.
Bootsy Collins _ The Funk Capitol of the World
Funk legend gets help from an impressive but odd list including Snoop, Hendrix, Al Sharpton, Samuel L Jackson, Buckethead, George Clinton, and Bela Fleck. Definitely funky. See "Cool Whip."
**Cass McCombs _ Wits' End
Nomadic American singer/songwriter is better than ever on his follow up to 2009's critically adored Catacombs. See "County Line," "Buried Alive," "Hermit's Cave." RIYL Elliott Smith.
Daedelus _ Bespoke
Brilliant experimental pop DJ follows up 2008's awesome Love To Make Music To with more future music.
Dennis Coffey _ Dennis Coffey
Longtime Motown guitarist's latest features spots from Mayer Hawthorne, Rachel Nagy, and others, over 40 years after the release of his 1969 debut.
**Emmylou Harris _ Hard Bargin
Alt/country legend adds yet another great album to her extensive catalogue.
Explosions In The Sky _ Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Guitar atmosphere kings struggle to capture the emotion and beauty of their earlier work, but they have their moments here. See " Human Qualities," "Trembling Hands."
Girl Names _ Dead To Me
Lo-fi indie act may have overdone it with the reverb, skimped on the hooks.
Holly Golighty And The Brokeoffs _ No Help Coming
Dark, authentic, smokey blues/rock. See "The Rest Of Your Life," " Burn O' Junk Pile Burn," "Get Out My House."
Julian Lynch _ Terra
Experimental composer's electro/jazz/folk is nice, but will probably not blow anyone's mind.
Kort _ Invariable Heartache
Old fashioned American alt/country duo's debut is slightly cloying but has its high points. See "She Came Around Last Night."
Lions!Tigers!Bears! _ Shallow Waters, Endless Depth
Moderately complex screamo. Not bad if that's your thing, but Memphis May Fire's The Hollow is better.
Lynda Carter _ Crazy Little Things
Fluffy pop/country from former Ms World USA.
Memphis May Fire _ The Hollow
Texas band plays chilling post hardcore. See "The Victim," "The Commanded." Recommended for fans of the genre.
Otep _ Atavist
Poly Styrene _ Generation Indigo
Final album from the now deceased X-Ray Spex singer is receiving widespread critical acclaim.
Prefuse 73 _ The Only She Chapters
Ambient electro. See "The Only Contact She's Willing To Give," "The Only Way To Find." RIYL Flying Lotus.
Rachel Platten _ Be Here
Traditional, light American pop. See "Little Light," "All I Seem To Do."
Silverstein _ Rescue
Canadian rockers blend post-hardcore with elements of emo and punk.
Steve Earle _ I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
The prolific legend hasn't lost a thing on his 14th full-length studio album. See "Every Part Of Me," "Lonely Are The Free."
Swingin' Utters _ Here, Under Protest
20+ years is impressive for a punk band, and their 10th album finds the Cali punks as ornery as ever.
Thao & Mirah _ Thao & Mirah
Merrill Garbus produced debut features Mirah's stripped-down songwriting combined with Thao's sense of adventure. See "Teeth," "Spaced Out Orbit," "Squareneck."
**The Wombats _ This Modern Glitch
Hooky sophomore effort from this Liverpool three-piece combines Arctic Monkey's cool with M83's bright melodies. See "Our Perfect Disease," "Last Night I Dreamt..," "Walking Disaster."
Times New Viking _ Dancer Equired
Columbus OH lo-fi indie act write great songs but would benefit from slightly better recording. See "California Roll," "New Vertical Dwellings."
Vomitory _ Opus Mortis VIII
Swedish death metal. Makes most American metal sound like little girls.
**Younger Brother _ Vaccine
Pretty, psychedelic electro. See "Pound A Rhythm," "Train," "Spinning Into Place."