Arsonists Get All The Girls _ Motherland
Deathcore via Sant Cruz, CA.
**Austra _ Feel It Break
Canadian Katie Stelmanis makes stylish, shimmering pop. See “Lose It,” “The Future,” “Hate Crime,” “Shoot The Water,” “The Noise.”
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
The latest from the godfather of American banjo.
Ben Harper _ Give Till It’s Gone
Ben Harper takes a more straightforward approach then his previous records, and the simplicity works. See "Don't Give Up On Me Now," "Clearly Severely."
Company of Thieves _ Running From A Gamble
Chicago's finest female-fronted act play complex indie-rock. See "Modern Waste," "Nothing's In The Flowers," "Death of Communication."
Damon & Naomi _ False Beats And True Hearts
Dream-pop duo play arching folk tunes, recorded in Cambridge MA and released on their own label.
**Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi _ Rome
Awesome set recorded in Italy staring Jack White and Norah Jones.
Demonaz _ March Of The Norse
Norweigen black metal.
Edo G _ A Face In The Crowd
Underground Boston MC returns with a follow up to 2009's Arts & Entertainment (with Masta Ace). Good stuff, esp if you're from the Northeast. See "I Wish I Was There," "Stop It."
Egypt Central _ White Rabbit
Post-grunge/mod-rock act from Memphis, TN make record full of tracks that would be right at home on rock radio.
The Elected _ Bury Me In My Rings
Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett and his earnest vocals take center stage on The Elected's biggest disc yet. See "Look At Me Now," "Go For The Throat," "When I'm Gone."
Elvin Bishop _ Raisin' Hell Revue
Entertaining live performance from an American blues veteran.
Face To Face _ Laugh Now, Laugh Later
Cali punk rockers have seen total line-up overhauls but their 20+ years of solid punk are impressive nonetheless. See “Blood In The Water,” “It’s Not All About You.”
Gold-Bears _ Are You Falling In Love?
Lo-fi 90's influenced guitar-indie has high points but could be too much for many to handle.
Hank Williams III _ HillBilly Joker
Abrasive, hard rocking country/metal from a legend in his own right. Only $3.99 @amazon.
**Living With Lions _ Holy Shit
Fast-paced, hard-rocking pop-punk act via Vancouver impress on their first disc featuring vocals from Lowtalker’s Stuart Ross. See “Regret Song,” “Honesty, Honestly,” “Maple Drive Is Still Alive.” Highly recommended if you ever enjoyed pop punk.
**Mia Doi Todd _ Cosmic Ocean Ship
LA indie-folk songstress continues to add instrumentation to her gorgeous, stripped-down indie-folk. See “My Baby Lives In Paris,” “Under the Sun,” “Summer Lover,” “The Rising Tide.”
Moby _ Destroyed
Self-described as “broken down electronic music for empty cities at 2am,” this concept had potential, but the final product seems disjointed and dreary.
New Boyz _ Too Cool To Care
Next gen LA rappers mix some of Wayne's weird with the Neptune's future sounds on their follow up to 2009's Skinny Jeanz and a Mic.
Parachute _ The Way It Was
Christian worship via New Zealand.
Ruth Gerson _ Deceived
American singer/songwriter accents her acoustic folk with elements of Southwestern Americana. See “Ode to Billy Joe,” “Little Sadie.”
Sarah Jarosz _ Follow Me Down
Extremely young and talented multi-instrumentalist plays pretty bluegrass. Artist to watch in the future.
Scar Symmetry _ Unseen Empire
Swedish melodic death metal.
Seether _ Holding Onto Strings
Widely popular, cringe-inducing dramatic mod-rock.
Sick Puppies _ Tri-polar
More of the same straightforward mod rock.
Tinie Tempah _ Disc-Overy
This London MC’s debut is already a hit across the pond, and the large flashy production may be enough to score a hit here too.