The Apache Relay _ American Nomad
Interesting blend of mainstream pop with indie/alternative.
Atmosphere _ The Family Sign
MN natives Slug and Ant make another quality underground hip-hop album with ease.
Bass Drum Of Death _ GB City
Rowdy, fast-paced upbeat garage rock.
Bell X1 _ Bloodless Coup
Irish rock outfit play their pretty dramatic upbeat electro. See “Velcro,” “4 Minute Mile,” “Safer than Love.”
**Bob Dylan _ In Concert (Brandeis University 1963)
Bob Dylan live.
Crystal Stilts _ In Love With Oblivion
Pitchfork endorsed BK garage rockers make a decent record despite their horrible name.
**Brett Dennen _ Loverboy
Fun, unapologetic folk/pop.
The Feelies _ Here Before
Longtime NJ rockers’ first new album in 20 years is full of new classic rock tunes.
Foo Fighters _ Wasting Light
Dave Grohl and Co are a reliable rock machine.
Foreign Legion _ Night Moves
Quality Cali underground. See “Didn’t Work Out,” “Fresh Air.”
He Is We _ My Forever
Sappy, radio-friendly female-fronted indie pop.
Holy Ghost! _ Holy Ghost!
NYC electro-pop act have been struggling to make it despite the support of LCD’s James Murphy. Their full-length debut is fun but the pervasive retro styling/vocals may turn some listeners right off.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit _ Here We Rest
Excellent Southern pop/rock from former Drive By Trucker.
Jessie J _ Who You Are
Young English singer/songwriter is hoping her UK success will translate to this side of the pond.
Joan As Police Woman _ The Deep Field
Joan Wasser and Co make extremely stylish folk/pop. See “Run For Love,” “Chemmie.”
Alison Krauss & Union Station _ Paper Airplane
The bluegrass beauty has cemented her place in music history, and keeps making beautiful American music.
letlive. _ Fake History
Exhilarating post-hardcore. See “The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion,” “H Ledger.”
Mack & Malone _ Money Music
WSC members match big voices with big beats.
Meat Puppets _ Lollipop
Upbeat pop/rock tunes from the legendary American band.
Moonlight Towers _ Day Is The New Night
Straightforward American rock.
**Agnes Obel _ Philharmonics
Danish singer/songwriter’s beautiful album has already gone double-platinum since its October 2010 European release.
**The One AM Radio _ Heaven is Attached By A Slender Thread
Accessible electropop. See "A New Photo Of Your Old Lover."
**Panda Bear _ Tomboy
Animal Collective mastermind Noah Lennox follows up 2007’s smash Person Pitch with some of his prettiest, most accessible tunes yet.
Pentagram _ Last Rites
Virginia metal band best know as a pioneer of the doom metal genre.
The Pretty Reckless _ Light Me Up
Taylor Momsen and co make a predictably cheesy emo/rock record.
Rebirth Brass Band _ Rebirth Of New Orleans
Awesome free-spirited Jazz via NO.
Paul Simon _ So Beautiful Or So What
Beautifully written and produced folk/pop.
Sonny And The Sunsets _ Hit After Hit
West Coast playwright/songwriter
Swollen Members _ Dagger Mouth
Canadian trio make innovative, upbeat indie rap. See “Do Or Die,” “Moonshine,” “Fresh Air.”
Thursday _ No Devolucion
Former NJ screamo kings records will always be compared to their early masterpiece, Full Collapse, unfortunately for them.
TV On The Radio _ Nine Types of Light
Highly anticipated follow-up to Dear Science lives up to the expectations.
Vivian Girls _ Share The Joy
BK girl band plays unique guitar rock and prepare to take over the world.
Wild Palms _ Until Spring
UK band has potential but are inconsistent on their debut. Great review here: http://thequietus.com/articles/05876-wild-palms-until-spring-review