UK producers blend elements of electro with dancehall and complex rhythms on this bass-centered party record. See "Do U Wanna Fight," "Spirit," "Out In The Streets."
Anvil _ Juggernaut Of Justice
Canadian metal act in the vein of Anthrax and Megadeth, see some much deserved recognition.
Black Label Society _ The Song Remains Not The Same
Zakk Wylde and Co show a softer side.
Booker T Jones_ The Road From Memphis
Legendary multi-instrumentalist continues what he started with 2009’s Potato Hole. The 25 song deluxe version features Yim Yames, Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, Biz Markie, and others. See “Just A Friend,” “The Vamp.”
Chris Thile & Michael Daves _ Sleep With One Eye Open
Solid bluegrass from the Nickel Creek mandolinist.
Christopher Cross _ Doctor Faith
Grammy award winning composer of Arthur's Theme (yes the cartoon) plays strange adult-pop.
Cirkus _ Medicine
London trip-hop group makes synth heavy, full-band electrorap. See “Bells,” “Grid Lock.”
Clutch _ Blast Tyrant [2CD Deluxe]
Re-release of the Maryland rocker's 2004 breakout album.
Gang Gang Dance _ Eye Contact
Brooklyn synthers play sparse, wild electro on their 4AD debut. See “Adult Goth,” “Chinese High.”
Gates of Slumber _ Wretch
Doom metal via Indiana.
Hate Eternal _ Pheonix Amongst The Ashes
Brutal death metal via St Petersburg, FL.
Jesu _ Ascension
Noisy, post-metal UK act combine elements of shoegaze, metal, and industrial with interesting results. See "Small Wonder," "Birth Day."
Jimmie Dale Gilmore _ Heirloom Music
Longtime TX singer/songwriter sticks preserves a style of country soaked in authenticity. RIYL Hank Williams.
Le Butcherettes _ Sin Sin Sin
Female fronted Mexican garage-punk produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. See “The Leibniz Language,” “All You See In Me Is Death,” “The Actress That Ate Rousseau.”
Lee "Scratch" Perry _ Rise Again
Prolific, influential reggae/dub-step singer is authentic as ever on his latest studio album.
Lonely Island _ Turtleneck & Chain
The surprising thing about Samberg and Co's latest is not that it's moderately funny, but how much it rocks. See "I Just Had Sex," "Motherlover."
Man Man _ Life Fantastic
Philly hipsters build inventive, catchy songs around the simple songs of Ryan Kattner on this Mark Mogis produced disc. See “Knuckle Down,” “Steak Knives,” “Life Fantastic.”
Man Overboard _ The Human Highlight Reel
NJ pop-punk act follow up their critically acclaimed debut with another album for the pop-punk faithful. See “Melanie, Video Games, and a Slight Fear of Flying,” “I Ate My Gluestick.”
**Manchester Orchestra _ Simple Math
Atlanta group make slick indie with a hard rock edge. See “Mighty,” “Pensacola,” “Pale Black Eye.”
Matthew Morrison _ Matthew Morrison
Extremely straightforward pop from the Glee actor.
Novembers Doom _ Aphotic
Chicago IL death/metal.
ohGr _ undeveloped
LA act plays dark, brooding electro/industrial.
Okkervil River _ I Am Very Far
Will Sheff and Co try valiantly but may not be able to match the clarity and sincerity of their earlier works (Black Sheep Boy). See “Wake and Be Fine.”
SKOLD _ Anomie
Swedish multi-instrumentalist and KMFDM member makes fast-paced, dark industrial electro.
Sloan _ The Double Cross
Straightforward pop rock from longtime Canadian band.
**Sleepy Vikings _ They Will Find You Here
Well written female-fronted lo-fi indie rock makes up with charm what they lack in recording budget. See “Calm,” “A Backyard Funeral,” “Twin Peaks.”
Sparks & The Rescue _ The Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With
Nasal, melodic pop/punk/rock act from Fearless does little to advance their genre.
The Antlers _ Burst Apart
Brooklyn wunderkind Peter Silberman and co follow up 2009’s critically acclaimed Hospice with upbeat but moody pop tunes. See “French Exit,” “ No Widows,” “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out.”
The Cars _ Move Like This
Ocasek and Co’s 2010 reunions spawns their first new album since 1987, and show today’s synth rock acts a thing or two. See “Too Late,” “Sad Song.”
The Felice Brothers _ Celebration, Florida
Critically adored folk/rockers keep things interesting with experimental rhythms and new sounds. See “Honda Civic,” “Back In The Dancehalls,” “Cus’s Catskill Gym.”
The Sea and Cake _ The Moonlight Butterfly
Jazz influenced indie-rockers retain their trademark atmosphere and synths on this short, sweet effort. See "Lyric," "The Moonlight Butterfly."
**The Wilderness Of Manitoba _ When You Left The Fire
Beautifully written, produced chamber-folk. See "Hermit," "Hardship Acres."
This Romantic Tragedy _ Reborn
Gorgeous pastoral folk. See “Hardship Acres,” “St Petersburg.”
This Will Destroy You _ Tunnel Blanket
Texas guitar act play restrained, emotive instrumentals. RIYL Sigur Ros, Explosions in The Sky.
Tyler The Creator _ Goblin
LA rapper/producer brings a dark sound to underground hip-hop.
Urge Overkill _ Rock & Roll Submarine
Chicago alt/rock act featured in Pulp Fiction make their first record since 1995.
Young Legionnaire _ Crisis Works
British supergroup featuring members of the Automatic and Bloc Party make noisy, angsty post-hardcore. See “A Hole In The World,” “These Arms.”
Zombi _ Escape Velocity
Space rock duo via Pittsburgh mix synth and live drums on this progressive, five-song set.