13 & God _ Own Your Ghost
Inventive collaboration between Germans The Notwist and Anticon alt/rappers Themselves. See “It’s Own Sun,” “Old Age,” “Death Minor.”
A Pale Horse Named Death _ And Hell Will Follow Me
Sneering alt/rock. RIYL Godsmack, Alice In Chains.
Bad Meets Evil _ Hell: The Sequel
Royce da 5’9” and Eminem make dark, gritty hip hop. See “Fast Lane.”
Barry Manilow _ 15 Minutes
Good for 80’s nostalgics.
Black Country Communion _ Black Country Communion 2
UK rock legends Joe Bonamassa and Co play 70’s inspired arena rock.
Black Veil Brides _ Set The World On Fire
80’s influenced, make-up heavy glam rockers.
Book of Knots _ Garden of Fainting Stars
Eccentric, experimental Brooklyn art-rockers latest is a challenging listen.
Emily’s Army _ Don’t Be A Dick
Billie-Joe Armstrong produced pop-punk.
Erik Friedlander _ Bonebridge
Prolific NYC cellist shows off nimble fingers and creative songwriting on his latest. See “Transpontine,” “Hanky Panky.”
Is Tropical _ Native To
Electro-driven indie rock. See “Land of the Nod,” “Oranges.”
John Shannon _ Songs Of The Desert River
Gentle American folk/jazz.
Jonathan Edwards _ My Love Will Keep
MN folk fixture plays classic, emotive folk on his latest. See “My Love Will Keep,” “How Long.”
Junior Boys _ It’s All True
Original electropop duo do it better than most of the imitators. See “Playtime,” “You’ll Improve Me,” “ep.”
Keke Wyatt _ Unbelieveable
Ledisi _ Pieces Of Me
Soulful R&B, recommended for fans of the genre. See “Pieces of Me,” “Hate Me,” “Shut Up.”
Madeleine Peyroux _ Standing On the Rooftop
Notable GA singer-songwriter deserves the constant Billie Holiday Comparisons. See “Standing On the Rooftop,” “The Kind You Can’t Afford,” “I Threw It All Away.”
Marc Broussard _ Marc Broussard
Louisiana singer/songwriter continues to blend elements of pop, jazz, rock, soul and funk.
Michael Franks _ Time Together
Slippery smooth Jazz from Cali veteran.
Neil Young _ A Treasure
Neil seems spry and energetic on this set of familiar country jams. See “Amber Jean,” “Motor City,” “Get Back To The Country.”
Of Mice and Men _ The Flood
Cali metalcore act ditch the theatrics of Attack! Attack! and come up with a solid record. See “Ohioisonfire,” “Ben Threw,” “Let Live.”
Owl City _ All Things Bright And Beautiful
24 year-old Adam Young borrows heavily from the Postal Service and is undeniably catchy and cheesy. See “Real World,” “Honey and the Bee.”
Pat Metheny _ What’s It All About
Prolific Jazz guitarist plays soothing acoustic on his latest. See “Alfie,” “Rainy Days and Mondays.”
Peter Bradley Adams _ Between Us
Soothing folk from Alabama singer/songwriter.
**Random Axe _ Random Axe
Black Milk, Guilty Simpson and Sean Price team up for some great underground hip-hop. See “Chewbacca,” “The Karate Kid,” 4 in the Box.”
Sebadoh _ Bakesale (Deluxe)
Seminal American indie/rock band remaster their 1994 classic.
The Dear Hunter _ Color Spectrum
Providence rockers postpone Act IV, offer up a varied set of progressive indie.
The Headhunters _ Platinum
Longtime American jazz/funk band features George Clinton, Snoop, and Killah Priest on their latest.
The Swellers _ Good For Me
Flint, MI punk band can be most accurately described as Paramore meets Hot Water Music.
The Wonder Years _ Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing
Pop/punk via Philly, Hopeless Records.
Vetiver _ The Errant Charm
Solid indie folk. See “Worse For Wear,” “Can’t You Tell,” “Hard To Break.”
Woods _ Sun & Shade
Lo-fi Brooklyn pop/rock stars the squeaky falsetto of Jeremy Earl of simple acoustic guitar and noisy soundscapes.
Ziggy Marley _ Wild and Free
Authentic reggae. See “Wild and Free,” “Changes.”