Above & Beyond _ Group Therapy
UK supergroup proves they can do no wrong with this uplifting, expertly produced trance. See “Alchemy, “ “Black Room Boy,” “Sun In Your Eyes.”
Adelitas Way _ Home School Valedictorian
Standard mod-rock via Las Vegas.
Amorphis _ The Beginning of Times
Finnish death metal featuring elements of folk and progressive metal.
Arch Enemy _ Khaos Legions
Swedish death metal act’s latest features re-recordings from the band’s first three records.
Arctic Monkeys _ Suck It And See
UK indie rock kings take two steps back from the awesome Josh Homme produced Humbug.
All Time Low _ Dirty Work
Pop-punk pretty boys seem a bit like they missed the boat with extremely simple composition and lyrics.
Battles _ Gloss Drop
Inventive, instrumental electro-tinged pop. See “Africastle,” “Futura,” “White Electric.”
Benny Benassi _ Electroman
Grammy-award winning Italian house/electro producer gets help from big names and aims for the charts.
Black Lips_ Arabia Mountain
GA garage rockers blend blues, rock, country, and punk, but the record lacks the excitement of the band’s provocative live shows.
Blindside _ With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Swedish Christian hard rock.
Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo _ Songs of Mirth and Melancholy
Expressive emotional Jazz.
Chick Corea _ Forever
Legendary Jazz pianist/Miles Davis cohort plays new classical.
City & Colour _ Little Hell
Dallas Green and Co follow up their 2008 smash Bring Me Your Love.
Craig Taborn _ Avenging Angel
Respected composer/pianist makes his first unaccompanied album ever.
Cults _ Cults
NYC internet sensation debut record has much hype to live up to. See “Go Outside,” “Abducted.”
**Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. _ It’s A Corporate World
Electro-pop act prove that with good songwriting the cream rises to the top, even in the most crowded of genres.
Dawes _ Nothing Is Wrong
Goldsmith brothers and Co play new classic rock. See “If I Wanted Someone,” “So Well,” “Million Dollar Bill.”
Depeche Mode _ Remixes 2: ’81-‘11
Depeche get the remix treatment from some of the best around.
Diane Schuur _ The Gathering
Distinguished Jazz singer sounds better than ever on this star-studded collection of 10 classic country songs.
Duncan Sheik _ Covers 80’s
90’s one hit wonder offers his takes on favorites from the 80’s.
**Frank Turner _ England Keeps My Bones
Million Dead frontman plays strong upbeat folk/rock. See “I Still Believe,” “I Am Disappeared,” “Redemption.”
Fucked Up _ David Comes To Life
Awesome hardcore punk via Toronto. See “Queen of Hearts,” “Under My Nose.”
**Givers _ In Light
Louisana indie act play fun, airy guitar pop, RIYL Dirty Projectors. See “Saw You First,” “Ripe,” “Ceiling of Plankton.”
Grayson Capps _ The Lost Cause Minstrels
Blues/Americana set from one of the South’s best new singer/songwriters.
Hail Mary Mallon _ Are You Gonna Eat That?
Fun hip-hop from Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, and DJ Big Wiz. See “Meter Feeder,” “Smock,” “Holy Driver.”
Hammerfall _ Infected
Power metal via Sweden.
Hiromi _ Voice
Electrifying, sophisticated Jazz from this young Japanese woman.
Hooray For Earth _ True Loves
Electro-indie act struggle to stand out but have their moments. See “Last Minute,” “Bring Us Closer Together.”
Il Volo _ Il Volo [Spanish Version]
Traditional Italian opera from the next generation of tenors.
Iron Maiden _ From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010
Jessica 6 _ See The Light
Euro club tunes/R&B. See “ Good To Go,” “Not Anymore.”
Joe Ely _ Satisfied At Last
Revered TX singer/songerwriter blends honky-tonk, country, and American rock on his latest set.
Larry Carlton _ Plays The Sound of Philadelphia
Multi-Grammy winning Jazz guitarist takes on Philly.
Lindi Ortega _ Little Red Boots
Golden voiced Canadian singer-songwriter’s latest alt/country is solid. See “Angels,” “Little Red Boots,” “Dying of Another Broken Heart.”
Marvin Gaye _ What’s Going On [40th Anniversary 2CD/LP]
Reissued, 3-disc collection.
Mastodon _ Brett Hinds Presents: Fiend Without a Face & West End Motel
Bizarre split set of rockabilly finds the kings of psych-metal in a very weird place.
**Mike Bloom _ King Of Circles
Rilo Kiley/The Elected multi-instrumentalist belongs in the center of the stage. See “Til It’s Over,” “Gold Mine,” “Anything But This.”
Morbid Angel _ Illud Divinum Insanus
Death metal/grindcore legends haven’t lost a thing in the 20+ years since their debut.
New Gary Burton Quartet _ Common Ground
Lighthearted Jazz set led by the Indiana innovative vibraphonist .
**Nick 13 [Tiger Army]_ Nick 13
Well-written, lushly orchestrated alt/county. See “Nashville Winter,” “All Alone, “ Nighttime Sky.”
Origin _ Entity
Talented Kansas trio make some really brutal metal.
Peter Murphy _ Ninth
Latest from Bauhaus frontman/godfather of Goth has its gems. See “I Spit Roses,” “Memory Go.”
Randy Travis _ Anniversary Celebration
Randy gets help from the biggest names in the biz to celebrate his 25th with covers and duets of his biggest hits.
Robert Pollard _ Lord Of The Birdcage
Prolific Guided By Voices frontman puts out his second record of 2011 only six months in.
Ronnie Dunn _ Ronnie Dunn
Straightforward country rock from half of Brooks & Dunn.
Sondre Lerche _ Sondre Lerche
Strong set varied pop tunes from this young Norwegian. See “Go Right Ahead,” “Coliseum Town,” “When the River.”
Tech N9ne _ All 6’s and 7’s
KC rapper brings his speedy, distinctive flow into mainstream territory with big beats and prolific guest spots.
Tedeschi Trucks Band _ Revelator
Fans of both acts will delight in this set from two fixtures in American rock. See “Midnight In Harlem.”
The Book of Mormon [Original Broadway Cast] _ The Book Of Mormon
Soundtrack from the critically acclaimed musical from Trey Parker And Matt Stone.
The Ladybug Transistor _ Clutching Stems
Upbeat indie-rock from Brooklyn bank on charm. See “Breaking Up On The Beat,” “Clutching Stems.”
The Postelles _ The Postelles
Retro indie rockers show off a few good hooks, lack consistency. See “123 Stop,” “Whisper, Whisper.”
The Rosebuds _ Loud Planes Fly Low
Newly split Raleigh couple play their unique brand of upbeat indie folk. See “Come Visit Me,” “Woods,”
Tom Vek _ Leisure Seizure
Reclusive multi-instrumentalist’s latest is full of interesting pop. See “Aroused,” “A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.”
Tommy Castro _ Presents: The Legendary R&B Revue – Live!
Critically acclaimed CA bluesman brings his exciting live act to the people.
Tyr _ The Lay of Thrym
Whitesnake _ Live at Donington 1990
The legendary 80’s rockers live at their peak.
Youssou NDour _ Dakar-Kingston
Authentic reggae in promotion of African unity. See “Bololene,” “Diarr Diarr.”